Written by Sam Majamanda
United Transformation Movement (UTM) Saturday dated Mileme Primary School in Phalombe district as it unveiled its candidate for the Phalombe North Constituency fresh parliamentary elections to be held on November 10, 2020.
The Phalombe North seat fell vacant following the high court’s annulment of results for the 2019 tripartite elections that sent Anna Kachikho out of parliament, on grounds of serious irregularities that marred the election.
Speaking during the event, Secretary General for the UTM who is also Minister of Gender, Patricia Kaliati said the Tonse Alliance government has already started bringing development to people of Phalombe and the rest of the country hence the need for voters to support candidates representing the alliance.
She said people of Phalombe North and the rest of the district were living in dire poverty that worsened during the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) reign and it would be unwise for them to rally behind a DPP candidate once again.
“Among all the candidates contesting, it is the UTM candidate that will surely bring development to this area because he is already in government, so I want to urge everyone to vote this Tonse Alliance representative so that delivery of development is made easier in this constituency,” Kaliati pointed out.
In the constituency the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), which is leading the Tonse Alliance, did not field a candidate in order to pave way for UTM’s Justin Mokowa to amass all the support from Tonse Alliance affiliates.
On campaigning, the Minister asked UTM followers to conduct a peaceful campaign that acknowledges principles of democracy, centering on nonviolent co-existence.
UTM’s Publicity Secretary Dr. Chidanti Malunga bore evidence to the challenges that opposition Members of Parliament face to access development projects in parliament.
He said it would be wise for everyone in the constituency to vote UTM’s candidate in order for the area to open up to development.
In his speech the candidate, Mokowa asked his prospective constituents to give him their vote, promising to practice servant leadership as led by President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera.
He said it was time for people of Phalombe and the rest of the Lhomwe belt to realize that peaceful co-existence is the way to national development.