People lose trust in Members of Parliament

Communities in Lilongwe Msodzi North are very frustrated with Members of Parliament who they said disappear once elected into office only to reappear when another election is around the corner  saying this may lead to voter apathy.

However, NICE Area Civic Education Coordinator (ACEC) James Chambalo encouraged them to register so they should vote during the forthcoming tripartite elections because their vote will keep or remove those who are seeking an elected office.

This was revealed in the area of GVH Chiwowa in T/A Chadza when the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) conducted a civic and voter education in readiness of the voter registration which will start in November.

The people expressed their excitement with the coming back of Councilors saying they lost trust MPs who don’t deliver on their promises while councilors stay within the communities.

Parliament chamber
Parliament chamber

“MPs only come when elections are near. This is very frustrating to us and we see no reason why we should for an MP. We don’t have problems with the President and Councilors.  We just hear on the radio that our MP is involved in noise making in Parliament,” said Josephat Goliyati.

Chambalo blamed the situation on the lack of understanding on the roles that MPs and councilors have in the communities.

“I may agree with the community’s frustrations because they think that an MP is the once responsible for bringing development in the area. Suffice to say MPs also are to blame because they promise the electorate things like boreholes while they pretty well know that this is the duty of the councilor,”  said Chambalo.

He urged the communities to register and vote because they will be able to choose people who represent their aspirations.

Village Headman Machilika said they are very happy that forthcoming election the councilors will be back on ballot box wondering what was happening all along when they disappeared leaving them at the mercy of the MPs whom he described as full of lies.

Another VH Mtukwanika thanked NICE for their civic and voter education sessions saying they their eyes but expressed dissatisfaction with MPs who are elected on another party’s ticket only to ditch that party opting for the party that is in power .

“We will be in the forefront encouraging our subjects to register so that they vote come May 2014. As you have seen during this session people are very eager but are frustrated with elected leaders,” said VH Mtukwanika.

NICE is among the 112 CSO’s that were accredited by the Malawi Electoral Commission to conduct voter and civic education in readiness for the tripartite elections in May 2014.

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