Migrating MPs are ‘greedy’ says Malawi political analyst: Kunkuyu launches challenge on Tembo

University of Malawi’s Chancellor College-based political professor, Mustafa Hussein, has described as “greedy”  those parliamentarians who are migrating to other constituencies ahead of 2014 elections.

Nyasa Times reported on Monday that three ruling People’s Party (PP) lawmakers are repositioning themselves ahead of 2014 elections by dumping their constituencies to relocate to new areas.

Minister of Lands and Housing, Henry Duncan Phoya, who is MP for Blantyre Rural East, reportedly wants to contest in Blantyre City South East Constituency where the sitting MP is controversial Jeffrey Mtelemuka.

Member of Parliament (MP) for Blantyre South Moses Kunkuyu, who is also Information Minister, plans  to contest as MP in  Dedza south constituency which is currently held by the country’s longest-serving MP and leader of opposition as well as president of the former ruling Malawi Congress Party (MCP), John Tembo.

Kunkuyu: Dares Tembo
Kunkuyu: Dares Tembo

Member of Parliament for Blantyre Bangwe Henry Mpofu Shawa wants to relocate to Mzimba central constituency to challenge Joseph Mabvuto Kachali.

But speaking to Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) on Monday, the political analyst said the relocating lawmakers are advancing self-interests at the expense of the electorate.

“The lawmakers’ behaviour is a clear indication that they haven’t fulfilled their promises in their constituencies and that the constituents cannot even trust them with another term,” Hussein told the radio.

“It is justifiable to say that these Members of Parliament are greedy and have nothing to offer to the people,” said Hussein.

Meanwhile, Kunkuyu formally made his bid to challenge Tembo in Dedza South constituency at Kanyang’ama Primary School ground in Dedza with the launch of his football and netball trophies worth K1 million.

Kunkuyu claimed that Tembo has not delivered development in Dedza, arguing he has failed to use decades of his stay in politics to uplift the area’s social economic status.

“There are no hospitals and roads are in poor condition resulting into maternal deaths as women can’t access immediate health care at point of delivery,” he said.

Kunkuyu, who hails from the area, said he has already renovated the road from Dedza Boma to Kasumbu and has pledged an ambulance for the area.

He asked chiefs to find a place where he will fund the construction of a new hospital but did not explain if the project will be his personal money or government.

Group Village Headman Nakaona thanked the minister for visiting the area which he claimed is being neglected.

Sub Traditional Authority (STA) Kamenyagwaza said Kunkuyu was welcome to run for the parliamentary seat.

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