Nsanje Central Constituency Member of Parliament (MP), Francis Kasaila will face Democratic People’s Congress (DePeCo) female candidate, Esmie Bande during the fourth coming tripartite elections.
The development comes after Bande who is a business lady triumphed in the DePeCo primary elections held Wednesday at Chikhawo in the constituency.
Bande who defeated Eric Kampira by 176 votes to 80, vowed to oust the current Member of Parliament who is Minister of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development.
She said as a woman who has stayed in the area almost since she was born, she knows better the challenges people are facing and ably address them.
“People have been approaching me to stand as their MP. As someone who respects my people I accepted to contest. People have spoken through what they have been done today by entrusting me with this opportunity to run as their candidate for the fourth coming tripartite elections. I do not take this for granted. I will campaign vigorously so that I become victorious come May 21,” Bande pointed out.
She promised the people of Nsanje Central Constituency that the area will be transformed under her leadership after being voted into the parliamentary seat.
DePeCo Prime Minister Responsible for Southern Region, Charles Makhaza described Bande as a strong woman who could compete at any level said the primaries had been free and fair.
He said as DePeCo, they were encouraging women to participate in politics and was very optimist that most of the female candidates including Bande will triumph come May 21.
“Let me say that the primaries which have been conducted in the lower shire have been free and fair. Those who were defeated accepted the defeat. We are very sure that come May 21, all our candidates will win the parliamentary seats,” Makhaza claimed.
In Nsanje, DePeCo had primaries in three constituencies namely: Nsanje Central, Nsanje South West, and Nsanje South.
Makhaza revealed that the party would have its national launch on November 4, 2018 at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe where all aspiring MPs would be awarded certificates.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :