Kasambara faces stiff rivalry in PP primaries for Malawi 2014 polls: Tchuwa joins race

With just a few months to go before Malawian political parties start conducting primary elections, fever is steadily swathing parliamentary aspirants as they brace for the expected hotly contested tripartite elections next year.

The contenders are slowly emerging from all corners with the latest revelation being Dickens Tchuwa, the governing Peoples Party (PP) treasurer for Mzuzu City.

The purse man is eying the Nkhata-Bay North West Constituency where he wants to contest as a Member of Parliament on PP ticket.

But Tchuwa will not have it soft as he faces the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Ralph Kasambara, who is also the party’s National Legal Affairs Director.

That is not all as the race also involves the incumbent Parliamentarian Davie Kaweche of the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Chimota Phiri, Nelson Longwe and a Mr. Kasolota.

Dickens Tchuwa: To face Kasambara in PP primary polls
Dickens Tchuwa: To face Kasambara in PP primary polls
Kasambara: Aspiring to be MP
Kasambara: Aspiring to be MP

Kasambara has already engaged a top gear in his campaign bid and has been distributing party t-shits and clothing (zitenje), among other items.

Political ambition

In an interview with Nyasa Times on Monday, the determined Tchuwa affirmed his candidature would bring development to the area which he claimed has remained underdeveloped for many years.

He alleged that all the past parliamentarians including Kasambara’s brother, Silvestre, who represented the area between 2004 and 2009 and the current MP (Kaweche), have failed to bring meaningful development.

“Nkhata-Bay North West continues to lag behind in development because of the greedy politicians who are bent on enriching themselves at the expense of the poor people they represent in parliament,” claimed Tchuwa, a holder of Bachelor of Commerce Degree in Marketing Management from the Midrand Graduate Institute in South Africa and currently doing a Chartered Post Graduate Course in Marketing with the Chartered Institute of Marketing (CIM).

He said since 2011 he has personally facilitated several development activities in the constituency such as construction of boreholes and churches around Mpamba area and construction of modern pit latrines at Nkhata-Bay District Hospital.

The aspiring candidate also worked in South Africa from 2006 to 2010 as Managing Director for Marketing South Africa.

Tchuwa also worked for South Africa’s African National Congress (ANC) party youth leader Julius Malema as one of his marketing consultants where he helped him in his marketing campaign activities as well as drafting his marketing plan that made him a popular youth politician in South Africa.

Political parties are reportedly busy strategizing on how best to conduct primary elections with some indicating that they would want to maintain some of their popular sitting parliamentarians while others say every constituency will have to be competed for.

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