National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust regional civic education officer (North) Nincent Kalawa has challenged the aspiring candidates in the forth coming Parliamentary by-election in Karonga Central Constituency to refrain from regarding themselves as winners before voting.
The call was made on Wednesday at Chiwondo Teachers Development Centre (TDC) Centre during a Multiparty Liason Committeee (MPLC) meeting facilitated by Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) to discuss some challenges noted during voter registration exercise and campaign currently underway in readiness for polls billed for November 10.
Among others, there have been allegations of registration of minors by the National Registration Bureau (NRB) to enable them register in the voters register for the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC).
The campaign has so far been characterized by counter accusations by the two political party partners in Tonse Alliance government, UTM Party and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters.
“Candidates should avoid living in their own imaginary world. They should know victory can go either way. Besides, candidates should not incite violence, but conduct an issue-based campaign,” said Kalawa.
On his part, CMD executive director Kizito Tenthani, compared campaign with marketing well produced, processed and packaged products that if well marketed, clients will crumble for.
“ Therefore, candidates and political party leaders should package their manifestos in an appetizing manner instead of wasting time on pity issues because at the end of the day, electorates will weigh candidates based on what they say,” Tenthani said.
Ironically, towards the end of the meeting, candidates traded barbs such that it took Traditional Authority (TA) Kalonga to calm down the situation.
The borne of contention was when UTM Party candidate Frank Mwenifumbo accused some Tonse Alliance partners of drumming up support for some candidated, arguing the agreement in the Alliance is not extended to Parliamentary campaign.
This did not please Alliance for Democrcay (Aford) member Bahat Kisyombe who used unprintable words to hit back at Mwenifumbo.
Karonga District Commissioner Paul Kalilombe, who by virtue of his position is the MPLC chairperson, appealed for peace and calm during campaign.
He asked political party members to properly understand roles played by MEC and NRB in registering people and the code of conduct so that everything is done within electoral laws.
MCP district chairperson Emmanuel Nkhoma and UTM Party constituency governor Mavu Mwalwanda expressed satisfaction and promised to campaign peacefully.
Nicknamed Benghazi after a time-honoured battlefield in Libya, the shoreline in Karonga has become a conflict zone since 2009 when Cornelius Mwalwanda Frank Mwenifumbo had their first-ever face-off in parliamentary poll.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :