Blantyre-based renowned private practice lawyer Noel Chalamanda on Thursday presented his nomination papers to contest in the Local Government polls for the position of a councillor.
Chalamanda, who is contesting in the Blantyre City Centre Ward as an independent candidate, said his ambition has been driven by the continued deterioration of Blantyre City.
“Today marks our first step on the long road to the renaissance of our city of Blantyre,” he said after submitting his papers.
Chalamanda said by contesting for a councillor position, he is making an open expression of a humble intention to face up to the task of recreating Blantyre.
“Today, all Blantyre should hear our resounding rejection of the status quo and our refusal to be stuck in the past. Today we commence the long rigorous but determined chase of our common vision. This is the clear vision to recreate a more secure Blantyre which security we know shall translate to thriving and vibrant business life, more investments, more businesses, more jobs, freedom to walk and do business without fear, freedom to acquire and enjoy our property,” he said.
Chalamanda said he has a vision to bring back the Blantyre where sanitation shall be treated as a right of all the city dwellers, where the stinking rivers shall be turned into amusement parks, where new technologies such as recycling and incineration shall be used to take care of waste, where clinics shall be within easy reach for all.
“It is a clear vision to attend to the infrastructure and ensure decent roads, pavements, street lights, bridges, decent and modern office and business centres,” he said.
“This is the vision where public amenities such as amusement parks, car parks, council housing, arts galleries, theatres and cinemas, organized public transport system are on the top of the agenda and do not only exist in statute books but in real life.”
His vision for Blantyre city is “where the youth have the opportunity to discover themselves in sports and arts through well organized and coordinated facilities like sports complexes, schools of arts and are exposed to decent world class entertainment.”
Chalamanda presenting himself as “that right man” said he has chosen to contest as an independent candidate because he does not want to be dictated by political masters.