Former social and political activist Ben Chiza Mkandawire has expressed interest to join frontline politics and contest in the 2019 tripartite elections by running for a parliamentary seat in Rumphi East currently held by firebrand politician Kamlepo Kalua.
Chiza Mkandawire, currently residing in Dubai, a frequent user on social media took to Facebook to announce his intentions.
The aspiring parliamentarian who w has been in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) fold in 2019 elections before he broke ranks with the governing party, is presenting himself as cash-rich personality who wants to transform Rumphi.
He promises an airport, university and two referral hospitals in Rumphi, saying he has “a good friend” to help him.
“My father is from Mwazisi but the Themba asked me to represent the people of Rumphi East constituency,” posted Chiza.
Chiza was an activist and was arrested in October 2011 during the previous brutal DPP rule together with Billy Mayaya, lawyer Habiba Osman, politician Brian Nyasulu and Osman’s cousin, Comfort Chitseko, for a demonstration which they held to coincide with the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa) Summit in protest against the late president Bingu wa Mutharika’s poor governance.
The office of the Director of Public Prosecutions discontinued a case against the five and through their lawyer Wapona Kita, the sought compensation through Attorney General’s office.
They were all paid by government K3.5 million compesations for false imprisonment.