Dan Msowoya eyes Mzuzu city: Blames greedy, nomination fees for shutting rightful candidates

Estranged former Alliance for Democracy (Aford) publicist has joined the race for the Mzuzu City Constituency in the 2014 tripartite polls saying the city needs positive change and development whose influence ought to impact upon the adjacent rural villages in terms of sanitation and hygiene.

“Modern living should be promoted by the provision of proper road access, the majority of schools do not show any evolution even with a University in their midst,” Dan Msowoya said in an emailed response.

In 2009 Msowoya stood in Mzimba North but did not make it.

However, Msowoya claimed elections in Malawi are usually marred by the electorate who judge a candidate by the money he has and MEC’s imposition of exorbitant nomination fees.

Msowoya: Wants to contest in Mzuzu
Msowoya: Wants to contest in Mzuzu

“This keeps out the honest and patriotic candidates and usher in the opposite calibre,” he said.

Nomination fees for candidates who will contest the for positions of President is MK 1 million per candidate, while  for Members of Parliament its MK200,000 for male candidates and MK150,00 for females.

And for Ward Councillors its MK20,000 for males and MK15,000 for females

USA educated and an Engineer by profession, Msowoya said it is time Malawians aspired for political literacy where their participation should be issue based not financial.

“Because the money they get as inducements to vote for a particular person is far less than the consequences of voting into power a rogue, or a person who is equally illiterate about what is needed to be done for them. It becomes a total loss and a grave disappointment.

Apart from Aford, other parties that have aspirants intending to run for same constituency are the ruling People’s Party, UDF, DPP and MCP.

Msowoya said the presence of the Mzuzu University must be visible in the surrounding communities.

“There can never be any justification for the Quota system of selection to schools besides individual performance. I believe in equality before the Law, and equitable distribution of opportunity, social, economic and political for all,” the former Publicist said.

He said appropriate legislation consistent with our democratic constitution will facilitate the conception and implementation of the programs or projects.

“I will make my ideas and plans know to the City Council for debate about their suitability and necessity so we can pool together energies to find funding for them,” Msowoya said.-MEC Stringer 

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