Mzimba chiefs, voters call for Chihaura Shaba rejection

Kalaile Banda getting popural support

Kalaile Banda getting popural support

Mzimba chiefs, voters  call for Chihaura Shaba rejection

A meeting of chiefs and other prominent people in Mzimba South East constituency over the weekend rejected a gesture by former Member of Parliament, Rabson Chihaura Shaba, accusing him of bringing no meaningful development in the area during his 10-year reign as legislature.

The meeting, held at Ng’ombechinda Community Day Secondary School, came as a result of Shawa’s door to door desperate campaign in which he was distributing 500 grams of salt and pleading with the voters to give him another mandate.

Reports indicate that Shaba’s desperation has arisen due news that President Joyce Banda might visit the constituency. It is evident that people in the constituency support President Banda due to several interventions she has taken in their lives in the two years she has been in power.

The meeting, which was chaired by Traditional Authority Khosolo, attracted several group village headmen Vilimthumbo, Kapulapula, Gwazeni, Inkosana Chizani and Kabiti among others. Also in attendance were close to 300 people representing other voters.

In his remarks, T/A Khosolo wondered why Shaba wants to elongate his mandate when he has done minimal development in the area.

“He has been around for ten years but there is nothing we can point at as development from him. The President has brought Mudzi Transformation Trust, boreholes, schools, clinics and grading of roads in the area. Can we trade that with salt?” queried Khosolo.

Speaking on behalf of the voters, Lamson Shaba (ironically a brother to Rabson Chihaura) said gone are the days when people would vote for anyone just because they have been given domestic goods such as salt. He faulted his brother for failing to prove himself in such a long period of time.

Concurring with Shaba, businessman, Zabwata Hara, sent the audience in stitches of laughter when he compared Chihaura’s term as a barren marriage.

“He proposed us in 2004 and we got married to him. After ten years, he is still barren while we have become pregnant from another man. When President Banda sent Ackson Kalaile Banda to mobilize us for real development, we started cheating on our barren man. We don’t need him anymore,” said Hara.

During the meeting, another chief, Inkosana Chizani (in whose village is the Mudzi Transformation Trust) also accused Shaba of sending him death threats for supporting Kalaile Banda.

Reacting to the meeting, Shaba attacked the chiefs saying they have been bought and that they are trying to influence the vote by antagonizing him from the voters.

“Let the people choose who they want. Since President Banda took office, she has bought the chiefs who in turn are trying to destroy my chances at the polls. However, I will not relent,” said Shaba before cutting the line.

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