Phoya, Kunkuyu, Kaliati relocating constituencies: Malawi road to 2014

Three ruling People’s Party (PP) lawmakers and one opposition DPP MP are repositioning themselves ahead of 2014 elections by dumping their constituencies to relocate to new areas, Nyasa Times understands.

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

Phoya is reportedly meeting party leaders and chiefs in the new area to support his parliamentary bid in the forthcoming 2014 tripartite elections.

The Minister of Lands has started holding political meeting in the Blantyre City South East Constituency where he has his private residence.

Phoya: Relocating
Phoya: Relocating

He recently addressed a rally at Misesa Primary School ground in the constituency, where he urged people to support government, saying Malawi is in safe hands under President Joyce Banda as her administration fights poverty.

But Mtelemuka said he is not scared of Phoya, saying he is running away from losing in his constituency because he is unpopural.

“Bring him on, it will be up to people to grant him political asylum in my constituency  ,” said Mtelemula who is not short of controversy.

Also relocation is the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Blantyre South Moses Kunkuyu, who is also Information Minister.

Kunkuyu plans  to contest as MP in  Dedza south constituency which is currently held by the country’s longest-serving and leader of opposition and president of the former ruling Malawi Congress Party (MCP), John Tembo

On Saturday, Kunkuyu launched a MK1 million football and netball trophies in Dedza  to boost his campaign.

Kunkuyu believes that Tembo has not delivered on the development front in Dedza, arguing he has failed to use decades of his stay at the center of power to uplift the area’s social economic status.

The decision by  Member of Parliament for Blantyre Bangwe Henry Mpofu Shawa to relocate to  Mzimba central constituency to challenge  Joseph Mabvuto Kachali has courted controversy.

Kachali became an MP after emerging victorious during the by-elections that took place on October 9 last year. Initially, he won the seat as an independent but he later joined PP.

And Shawa is also a member of PP but recently lost his parliamentary seat having crossed the floor from United Democratic Front (UDF). He however was retained back in parliament after obtaining a court injunction.

Shawa will not be the first MP to relocate to Mzimba after serving in Blantyre. Billy Kaunda did it  after serving Blantyre City East he is now MP in Mzimba, his home village.

Elsewhere, former minister of Information, Patricia Kaliati is dumping  Mulanje West constituency to contest in Mulanje Pasani.

Kaliati is often organizing meetings with some chiefs and party leaders in Mulanje Pasani to market herself  for the 2014 elections.

Mulanje Pasani belongs to Peter Nowa as the current MP.

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