The ruling Democratic Progressive Party is highly likely to grab Bembeke Ward from MCP, thanks to an unlikely endorsement from the former MCP councillor for the area Davie Lingalawe who had his seat declared vacant on legal reasons.
Lingalawe, who joined Vice President Saulos Chilima on Friday to campaign for a DPP candidate Bettie Cham’mboti, has since announced that he has joined DPP.
During the campaign trail on Friday in the district both Lingalawe and Chilima pleaded with the people of Dedza to open up their ayes and stop practising politics of loyalty which has failed to develop the district.
“Change has come and you need to change too. Lets work together and have a councillor who is from the government side so that you stop this tendency of opposing everthing for the sake of politics,” said Chilima who arrived in Malawi on Thursday after a day long visit to the Vatican where he met Pope Francis.
Chilima said the country should be exemplary in supporting women since President Peter Mutharika was chosen to be ambassador for He4She, a solidarity campaign for the advancement of women which was initiated by UN Women.
“Women have been underrepresented in leadership positions for a long time. Let us demonstrate through these elections that we are committed to change that status by voting for Acham’boti Maluwa,” he said.
He said government is determined to continue with various development initiatives such as construction of roads.
“The DPP government is development conscious, however, our efforts are sometimes derailed by opposition parties who oppose for the sake of it. If you vote for a DPP councilor, you will be able to realize development in this area because we share a common vision,” he said.
DPP is fielding a woman candidate, Betty Acham’boti Maluwa, who is contesting against seven other candidates in the by-elections slated for Tuesday next week.
Bembeke ward fell vacant after its councilor Davie Lingalawe, who won on a Malawi Congress Party (MCP) ticket, was convicted and fined by the Dedza magistrate’s court for tampering with an Electricity Supply Commission of Malawi (ESCOM) meter to steal electricity.
Other parties contesting for the ward are MCP, People’s Party (PP), United Democratic Front (UDF) and Ntendere Ufulu Party who have fielded Wilfred Tsangala, Patrict Chimlambe, Noel Mbengo and Moses Sandeu, respectively.
Three other candidates are contesting as independents and include Joseph Kambuwa, Fincess Chibweya and Gerald Zungu.
With official campaign period closing Sunday morning, the Vice President did not waste time but trek to Mchinji Saturday for a final campaign push in Mchinji west, where a parliamentary by election is taking place.
The DPP is fielding local business man Stephano Kamwani, who has since promised to develop the area with a repeated phrase of “I am one you. I know our problems and I know what we ought to do. I am not applying to be your boss but servant so that we work together.”
The ruling DPP has put much effort in the by elections which, except Zomba, fall in areas widely considered as MCP but the current squabbles and brainless leadership in MCP could hand DPP victory on silver platter.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :