Controversial reggae musician Limbani Banda says he will contest next year’s tripartite elections as a Councillor for Zomba’s 3 Miles Sadzi Ward with the intention of becoming Zomba’s new mayor.
The militant musician, who now calls himself Lambanie Dube in memory of slain South African musician Lucky Dube, told Nyasa Times in an exclusive interview that the municipality has been lagging behind in development and he is geared to change the face of the Old Capital.
“I want to change Zomba and make it a great city. My intention is to connect it with other big cities in the world; I have been there and I know what it takes,” he said.
According to Banda, the problems that the municipality faces range from poor roads in the locations, poor sanitation, poor health facilities and the inability of the residents to take care of its Aids patients and senior citizens.
“As the youth, it is our duty to look after the elderly and I want to lead the way on how we can go about doing this,” he said.
Banda noted that, unlike most people, he does not believe that the best way to help his fellow residents is by vying for a parliamentary seat.
“Most MPs contest for the seat because they see it as a get rich scheme. But what I am trying to do is not about money, it is an attempt to develop the place where I come from,” he said.
“MPs development is artificial because they only initiate development when they realize that they will benefit. I want to show people that we can develop our areas by being Councillors,” he said, adding that he will only seek to serve the municipality for one term.