Village Headman Ntchembere under traditional authority Milima on Saturday blocked independent aspiring parliamentarian for Chikhwawa North, Harry Thomson to conduct political rally in his area.
Instead the veteran politician conducted his rally at Dulansanje clinic where many people from Ntchembere village came to listen to Thomson manifestos and agendas.
But Village Headman Ntchembere denied blocking Thomson to conduct political campaign, saying that what she demanded was a letter from District Commissioner’s office which could have vindicated Thomson to conduct the rally in his area.
Thomson said he was disappointed that some chiefs in Chikhwawa are still blocking opposition leaders to hold political campaign in the run up to the May 20 tripartite elections.
“If chiefs are not interested with candidates what will happen to them if the rejected candidate is voted on May 20? This means that the chief will not be able to ask for developmental projects from that leader and in the end it’s the poor rural masses who suffer most,” he said.
He said once he is elected as parliamentarian for the area he would continue his good working relationship with all chiefs to bring infrastructural and economic developments.
“But let me repeat that I will only work with chiefs who are non-partisan and developmental oriented,” he said.
The former cabinet Minister during United Democratic Front regime said he would also empower women by encouraging them to venture into small scale businesses as one way of promoting them economically.
“If women are empowered economically it means that high level of poverty among the poor rural population will also be reduced,” he said.
He then pledged to bring windmill and solar electricity in Dulansanje to improve the livelihood of the people in the area.