Malawi CSOs want nomination feeshalved for youth aspirants

Civil Society Organizations (CSOs), under the project YouthDecide2019, are proposing that nomination fees for youthful candidates in next year’s tripartite elections should be slashed by fifty-percent, arguing that the current fees are too exorbitant for the majority of the aspirants who live in rural areas.

The youth CSO—Network for Youth Development (NfYD), Young Politicians Union (YPU), Youth Network and Counseling (Yoneco) and Youth and Society (YAS)—have said the project is a campaign focused on expanding youth participation in decision making positions and influencing development discourse in Malawi through the 2019 elections and beyond.

YouthDecide2019 campaign team leader, Charles Kajoloweka, of YAS, said youth aged between 18 and 35 are underrepresented in parliament and other key decision-making positions.

“If MEC [the Malawi Electoral Commission] and its stakeholders adopt the idea, more youths will appear on the 2019 tripartite elections ballot paper,” said Kajoloweka.

He added: “Looking at the population of the country, we find that the youth are in majority. Unfortunately, most of them are poor. We want young people to be given an opportunity to contest for positions in the next tripartite elections.”

During the 2014 Tripartite Elections, parliamentary aspirants were asked to pay K200 000 as nomination fees which, according to Kajoloweka, was too much for poor youths in rural areas who largely depend on social cash transfers.

And, MEC chairperson Jane Ansah said the electoral body always works with stakeholders on issues concerning elections and that it is likely to consider the issue if the concerned party can table it at the stakeholders meeting.

She said: “Normally we have stakeholders meetings where we discuss issues. If they feel youths should be exempted, let them come and engage us.”

Williams Thumba, a youthful aspirant for Mulanje North Constituency, said in an interview yesterday that young people are underrepresented in political leadership because most of them do not have funds to run for elected positions.

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Rabies kill 22 in Mulanje

Twenty two people have died of rabies in Mulanje as the government needs K17 million to buy vaccines for dogs and cats.

Taurayi Mbengo from veterinary office in Mulanje said the deaths have occured from July last year.

He said 1600 people had dog bites and were infected with rabies.

Mbengo said 74 dogs died of rabies within the same period.

He said the government would need K63 million to treat the rabies patients, saying each dog and cat needs K9000 while the cost of treating a patient stands at K15000.

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Chief Chikumbu endorses Nankhumwa for Mulanje central MP, minister opens K16 million school block

It was wave after wave of uproar from an ecstatic crowd when Senior Chief Chikumbu of Mulanje took time to decorate Member of Parliament (MP) for Mulanje central constituency, Kondwani Nankhumwa, as a genuine servant...

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MCP supporter victimized by DPP Cadets for wearing Party colours

By Chalo Mvula

The opposition Malawi Congress Party has condemned the acts of violence that has seen a member of the party being harassed by DPP cadets for putting on MCP Party regalia. The incident was also caught on video and has since gone viral on social media.

The victim, 32 year old Fadwick Mukhiwa originally from Mandula village in Mulanje was attacked at Limbe Market where he trades his business of selling phone accessories.

In a statement made available to the media, the publicity secretary of the party Rev Maurice Munthali said “What we are seeing on the said clip is not only unfortunate, it is clear evidence that the Democratic Progressive Party condones and perpetrates violence. Malawians have known DPP as a Party that enjoys terrorism and social disorder”

It is alleged that the assault was led by well known DPP Cadet Issacn Jomo Osman who is known to be the owner of Ntopwa Super Eagles. In the video he can be seen , removing the party regalia from the victim while telling him not to wear that again “usadzavalenso”. Osman then went on to continue assaulting the victim by wrapping the party colours shirt around his head and swinging him around while telling the victim not to wear that again.

Malawi being a democratic country means people have the right to wear whatever they want and associate with any political party without intimidation from anybody . In his remarks Rev Maurice Munthali highlighted that

“Every citizen in this country must be allowed to exercise their freedom of choice, association and expression as provided for in our Republican Constitution. Nobody should stand in the way of such a provision in whatever manner, let alone by way of harassment. I am calling upon all members of MCP not be scared”

The Malawi Congress Party is calling upon our law enforcers, the Malawi Police Service, to exercise their powers and apprehend the culprit so that the law must take its course. There has been a number of incidents recently where the ruling DPP cadets have been accused of using violence to intimidate opposition members .The DPP spokesman was contacted to comment on the issue but has not yet responded.

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