Communities from Lilongwe Msozi North constituency are calling for the removal of their legislator Highton Jiya who was elected on a Malawi Congress Party (MCP) ticket barely three months after Malawi went to the polls in a tripartite election on 20th May, by among things accusing him of not representing their interests.
The call was made when National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) conducted an awareness meeting on the roles of Members of Parliament, Councillors and Traditional leaders in Ngala Ward in the constituency.
Led by Group Village Headman Nyemba, the communities said they feel betrayed by their legislator who has never visited nor conducted any meetings in the constituency since they elected him to the parliament in May.
“I want to find out from you if there are any means of removing any legislator who is not living up to the expectations of the people who elected him. If there are any means please advise us because we feel let down by our MP,” said GVH Nyemba amid loud applause from the people who had gathered for the meeting.
He said that people in Msodzi North have it on record that when Jiya was elected he chose to have victory celebrations in Lobi, Dedza instead of celebrating with people who had put him into power.
Jiya, it is said, comes from Dedza but has lived for a long time in the constituency.
“My subjects and I regret our choice of electing this MP because it is evident that he just used us to get into Parliament. Since multi-party democracy was reintroduced, communities in this constituency have never re-elected any MP because these people are all the same,” said GVH Nyemba.
The constituents regret the choice they made of not reelecting their previous legislator.
Their previous legislator was the late Godfrey Kamanya from Peoples Party (PP) who shot himself dead after the aftermath of the tripartite after he lost the elections.
“We can say here without fear of contradiction whatsoever that the late Kamanya despite his tendency of changing political parties was far much better. Even when Kamanya became a deputy minister he was frequently visiting us and was very helpful,” said the local leader.
Late Kamanya was elected on an independent ticket in 2009 but later joined Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) only to ditch it after the demise of President Bingu wa Mutharika and joined Peoples Party (PP).
However, the District Civic Education Officer for NICE Daniel Malango explained to the masses that since Section 64 was removed from the Republican Constitution the only option that people have is the next election in 2019.
According to the local leader the constituency has lagged behind in terms of development citing that they have only four boreholes serving 20 villages with each village having a population of almost 250 people each.
“As such after 50 years of independence we are still drinking water from unsafe sources which increases our vulnerability to waterborne diseases. We wish there could have been a way of removing this legislator,” said the chief.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :