Another new political party in the offing – Soko

South African based Malawian national, Simon Soko, says he will launch a new political party and plans to announce his candidacy for president in 2014

Soko told Nyasa Times in Johannesburg that he will soon trek to Malawi to register a new political party called New Visions Progressive Party (NVPP).

He says the new party will work for greater economic equality.

Soko: Promising a new horizon of hope and heralding a change in politicalscape

Soko who is originally coming from Mzimba, T/A Chindi, Kamangadazi village, said:”I believe that as we become a more mature democracy, we will start to fight issues on the basis of policy and I need to rise to that occasion.”

He noted that widespread corruption, a ramshackle education system and the failure of the “Youth Empowerment” policy – Malawi remains one of the most unequal qualities in the world. Almost 40 per cent of its population now languishes below the breadline, deprived of basic services and jobs, while others enjoy massive and new-found wealth.

Soko said: “We are trying to win over people who don’t believe in revenge, who want a shared future but can’t yet swim over to the NVPP’s side because they’re unsure about whether or not they can trust us.”

Key to gaining that trust is convincing the electorate that they will not, as the DPP has suggested, “bring back one party system”.

The NVPP has its roots in the fight against those who despise the youth of Malawi.

“We think 2013 will be our first opportunity. It can’t just be about cynical electoral success, we actually have to offer solutions for problems that have been left by MCP/UDF and bad government under the DPP.”

He added: “But I don’t buy into this notion that young, poor, disadvantaged Malawians are just angry and want to tear the country apart. There are equally plenty who want to find a solution and contribute to it.”

The party takes a more conservative view of the power of the state, which it believes should be limited, and encourages Malawians to take more responsibility for solving their own problems.

Malawi has about 33 registered political parties; most of them only exist in the registrars’ record.

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