MCP’s Sitolo blasts DPP’s Ganda for refusing to take part in debate

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) parliamentary candidate for Nsanje-Lalanje Lawrence Sitolo has  branded Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Gladys Ganda’s behaviour “strange”  when she avoided a political debate where she was scheduled to face her two rivals last Thursday.

Sitolo: MCP candidate in Nsanje Lalanje

Sitolo said Ganda’s “attempt to dodge scrutiny shows how she holds the electorate in contempt” as she was seen passing by the venue of the debate with a group of her supporters while the event was in progress.

The debate, organised by the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust, was held at Bangula Trading Centre in Nsanje, where  Sitolo and an independent aspirant Winnie Wakudyanaye turned up.

Also in attendance were Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah, commissioner Jean Mathanga who is chairperson of electoral services, deputy chief elections officer Harris Potani and Henzily Munkhodya, director of electoral services.

““Elections and democracy are about public debate so it’s rather strange that  a person who wants to be an MP is running away from public scruitiny,” Sitolo said.

He said  Nsanje Lalanje people deserve to see their potential leaders talking about the future of the constituency .

The three aspirants were supposed to outline their manifestos to the electorates, besides urging them to co-exist following political violence that has characterised the by-election campaign.

Ganda apparently confirmed to participate in the debeate ahead of the October 17 parliamentary by-election, according to Nice Trust regional civic education officer (South) Enock Chinkhuntha but  organisers were surprised that she  snubbed the debate without giving  any reason for her failure to attend.

Chinkhunthata said Ganda’s snub   is  “unfortunate,” saying  “it is a cause of worry to the functionality of democracy.”

Nsanje-Lalanje Constituency fell vacant following the death of the then legislator, Sam Ganda, of DPP on May 16 2017.


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kkkkkkkkkk. NYAMPHANJA wagwa kawiri kasala kamodzi. iwe u participate on the debate what is your manifesto. MP wa opposition sangatithandize ife. obwera ndi amene amapanga chitukuko for example olemera ambiri aku Phokera, Sorgin ndi Bangula ndi anthu obwera ndipo ndi amene akupanga zinthu zabwino than you called yourself mizika


Winning a Parliamentary seat for opposition bench will show the foolishness of the Sena people. Why wasting early hours time going to vote for an MP whom you know will occupy an opposition seat in Parliament?


Akuopa a DPP. iwe mwana wa kwathu sitolo wawina kale. ife nkwenya sitimuvotora. alendo tatopa nawo.


mwana wa kwathu iwe. mudzi wa brighton. ndiwe owina wina kale. awa akukuopa awa a Dpp. ife nkwenya iyayi. tikufuna mwana wa mmudzi.


Akudziwa kuti ndi oluza kale so no need for her to attend. MCP Boma!!!

Kanthiti Mzandu

Sitolo watenga kale constituancy imeneyo uyu kwawo ndi ku Mwanza


I am not surprised. It is their leader who tells them to snub such debates as he himself also snubs to answer questions in parliament. Mr. Ibu also recently snubbed the press conference on his way back from UNGA. Failed leadership so to say.


Sitolo has already made it to Parliament and he is confident to lead the constituency.

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