St Pius Parish accords aspiring MPs platform to sale manifestos

St Pius Roman Catholic Parish, under Blantyre Diocese,on Sunday invited all parliamentary and ward councilors in Blantyre City South Constituency to show themselves to the congregation.

The constituency, formerly of Moses Kunkuyu—now contesting for Dedza South Parliamentary seat—is the most contested area with a record 14 parliamentary candidates.

But eleven Parliamentary candidates managed to unveil themselves before congregation, and they were given five minutes each to present their manifesto and vision for the area.

Osman: Disheartening that after 50 years of independence most Malawians are still struggling to earn a living

Osman: Disheartening that after 50 years of independence most Malawians are still struggling to earn a living

Nine of the 17 aspirants vying for two Wards in the constituency, turned up.

According to Rev Fr. Benitto Masuwa, the parish decided to invite the candidates for the congregation to appreciate the candidates and their visions ahead of the May 20polls.

The service was no short of drama with some Ward Councilor aspirants crying foul for not being given enough time to express their manifestos. They were not given the opportunity to express their manifestos.

The aspirants then toned down when Masuwa told them that they couldn’t address the congregation because they didn’t have enough time for each one of them.

Shadow MP for United Democratic Front (UDF) Fawzia Osman said most sectors in the country requires total transformational to ably bring the country back on track.

Osman said it was disheartening that after 50 years of independence most Malawians are still struggling to earn a living.

She therefore indicated that she would empower women and young people to engage income generating activities.

Osman also said if vote to parliament she would establish an office in the area to handle various issues that would be raised by the constituents.

Parliamentary candidates in the area include gospel musician Allan Ngumuya (independent), former legislator Jimmy Banda (Democratic Progress Party), Sonia Ngosi (independent), Dr Paul Mzembe (independent), Ali Kaka (independent) and Charles Mwambyala of People’s Party, among others.

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