I’m ready to pave way for a female candidate in my constituency—Msowoya

Speaker of National Assembly, Richard Msowoya, says he is ready not to stand for the Parliamentary position and pave way for the woman candidate in his Karonga Nyungwe.

Speaker Msowoya greets his deputy Esther Mcheka Chilenje: Backing 50:50 campaign

Msowoya was speaking in Lilongwe during the 50:50 campaign.

Ministry of Gender Disabilities and Social Welfare, Dr Jean Kalirani officially launched the campaign.

50:50 campaign Management agency is a new concept in the running of the fighting to increase women representation in elected and other leadership positions in Malawi.

The agency was born out of the need to refocus on the campaign.

“I am ready not to stand and instead support the woman candidate in my constituency,” Said Msowoya amid ululations from the women.

Msowoya commended Government for signing various international instruments supporting the need for women to take various positions.

“And even internally we have good laws which recognize the role of women and what is needed is to make use of them,” said Msowoya.

He has since urged political parties to prioritise  women as candidates in 2019.

He said no wander we have more women as independent MPs in Parliament because they are frustrated and stand on their own.

During the launch, Kalirani said Government is committed to ensure that more women takes up positions as councilors and Members of Parliament.

But Kalirani was quick to bemoan some cultural beliefs which does not recognize the big role which women contributes for the meaningful development of our country.

NGO Gender coordinating Network chairperson, Emma Kaliya blamed patriarchy as the reason of why women do not make it to parliament. The women have since been urged to sho commitment themselves.

Kaliya said the issue of money is not enough. “There is an issue of patriarchy which plays invisible role,” Said Kaliya.

50:50 Campaign agency will run till end of 2019. The campaign is a consortium of centre bfor society strengthening and Action Aid Malawi.

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Mr Msowoya, why are you saying this as if you are doing women a favour. Women deserve to be in political leadership positions not because you’re doing them a favour or paving way fro them but rather because they’re capable.

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I am in favour of women taking up leadership positions in whatever capacity those positions are even if all members of parliament were women in this country I wouldn’t surely mind at all but that the assessment should not be based on fulfilment of 50-50 campaign – bola kukwaniritsa manambalawo NO. Unfortunately campaigners in this country have relied heavily on the total population of women which they say is bigger than that of men that is why they believe women representation should be increased. Too bad. Even the current crop of women representation especially in parliament does not convince me… Read more »

Richard Msowoya might have read the temperatures in Nyungwe and knows that his popularity has drastically decreased. This is a way of saying ‘I may not be voted back into power, let me pave way for others’.


Munthu wadyela ngati iwe ungasiye mpando??mwina usiyila chibwenzi chako.


Shame to Msowoya: this is only a way for him to give up the running mate fight against Mia, at the MCP convention. And, by doing so, Msowoya is handing the job to Mia on the platter.
I had more respect before for Msowoya as a fighter politician.

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president akhalenso wa mkazi timu supporter potential candindates PKaliati MChilima JLunguzi JKabwila yaaa neh


Yo mean you you do not know about Loceness Gondwe, Agness Lonje, Catherine Hara?

Dixson Dzida

Msowoya, mufa pangati! U running mate akulandani ndiye mungapereke u MP ndakaika!!

Agenda Setting Theory
Agenda Setting Theory

if they stand on there own and win so much the better, why worry? But these women should not just be given positions just because they are women, they have to prove themselves. the best we can do is to level the playing field not tokenism.

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