Chikwemba joins BJ, Mia jostling for PP Veep post

Young politician Joseph Chikwemba has joined the race for ruling People’s Party (PP) vice president at the convention slated for August 27.

Chikwemba, who has been advancing youth interests from the time he was working in youth rights groups and the time he was in former ruling DPP then to  PP,  said he will compete for VP position  against the interim PP treasurer general Brown Mpinganjira and Minister  of Transport Sidik Mia.

They will be vying for a VP position reserved for the southern region. While the position for central region is being contested by Ministers Uladi Mussa, Cassim Chilumpha and others include Clement Stambuli, Chris Chaima Banda and George Zulu.

Chikwemba: Join VEEP race

“I will contest as Vice President (Technical) at PP Convention,” announced Chikwemba.

“I will compete against Brown Mpinganjira and Sadik Mia in the Southern Province.”

He said his decision to contest is based on a conviction that youth should be well represented in political parties top hierarchy other than being given the rank of youth director.

“WE need the youth on top also, seems lots of youth are fearful when it comes to participation, we just sing a song. In fact the reason why the youth fail is because they want the office of Head of State yet they have never had high positions in their political parties,” Chikwemba told Nyasa Times.

“My participation will symbolize the willingness of the youth to participate in party leadership at party level before thinking of being the President one day,” he said.

“There is a room for the youth to be on top of the game,” Chikwemba added.

Open contest

PP’s legal adviser Paul Maulidi explained that the party will elect three vice presidents at the convention for its Northern, Central and Southern provinces.

He said elections for the provincial vice-presidents will not be limited to aspirants from any of the particular regions.

Maulidi said those interested to contest for the party’s presidency, vice-presidency or other executive positions must pay K50 000, K40 000 or K30 000 application fees, respectively.

Malawi Head of State, Mrs Joyce Banda, will be contesting on the position of presidency but so nobody had collected application forms to challenge her despite the party calling for people to contest.

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