By Chalo Mvula
They were thrown into the limelight by the constitutional court case as they appeared as witnesses for the opposition Malawi Congress Party in the just ended election case. However , Daud Suleman, Anthony Bendulo and Peter Lackson have decided to utilise their new found fame to sensitize the youth on the need for them to get involved in politics . Travelling across the country as a group calling itself Kokoliliko , the trio are engaging in charitable works while using that interaction to drive through their message of youth engagements in both aspects of the political spectrum.
Kokoliliko were in Zomba this Saturday where they embarked on a number of engagements. The group started the day by attending prayers at Chanco SDA . They then took time to visit Passion Orphanage in Matawale where they shared the little goodies they had prepared to about 45 less privileged children who are cared for, at the orphanage. “ It is our aim, not just to focus on the politics but also to visit the underpriviledged , our message is about inspiring the new generation so thats why we felt necessary to bring a little something for these orphans” said Daud Suleman.
Kokoliliko has been formed upon the realisation of lack of understanding of electoral process by a good number of Malawians. It is aimed at sensitizing the youths to have great understanding so that they can be used as effective monitors during the elections.The tours which started in the Northern Region a few weeks ago have aimed at explaining what happened in the constitutional court to have the court case won by the opposition parties as well as encouraging the youths to vote for Dr Lazarus Chakwera in the forthcoming elections
The Zomba tour also saw team have informal chats with small scale traders plying their trade in Chinamwali market before going on to conduct a rally Chinamwali Township. The climax of the trip was when several members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) , announced that they were defecting to Malawi Congress Party. The former DPP cadets were welcomed amidst jubilation and ululation.
The group however had a minor setback as despite booking the use of the Great Hall at Chancellor College for their Public lecture , they were told last minute that the booking had been cancelled. “ We booked to use Great hall from 6pm but were surprised to be told our booking had been cancelled “ said Suleman. This however, did not deter the group as they managed to speak to the people that came to attend the lecture outdoors using the sport complex at the campus. Efforts to find out from the university administrators on why the booking was cancelled has proved futile.
The kokoliliko crew are scheduled to be in Blantyre this sunday where they have also planned a number of public lectures