Swira’s family disapproves of his presidential candidature over his medical status

An aspiring presidential candidate for the July 2 fresh polls, Smart Swira has faced a setback to his ambition following his family’s request to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to revoke the nomination papers collected by their relation based on his medical grounds.

Presidential pretender Smart Swira suffers from high blood pressure and that he is also a psychiatric patient

Spokesperson for the family, John Swira said  the family has written MEC to have their relation’s papers revoked, citing his health status as a condition which may not be accepted by the family to contest in the elections.

“On April 10, 2020 the family sent a letter to MEC requesting the removal of Smart Swira from the list of presidential candidates for the forthcoming election.

“We feel for him to continue with the electoral process, it will be very difficult; hence, the decision,” he said.

Swira claimed his brother, Smart, has been moving around buying voter certificates and national identity cards which was against the law of the land.

“On April 6, 2020 when he was apprehended in Nsanje District by angry people when he was found buying national identity cards and voter certificates, he was handed over to the police.

“Later he was released with clear instructions that he should not be found or go again to the district. He did the same thing in Mwanza District,” added John Swira.

He further said Smart suffers from high blood pressure and that he is also a psychiatric patient.

“We feel his life is in great danger bearing in mind that he does not have any source of income yet he was found with some cash to buy national identity cards.

“So, we are calling on the general public that once they see Swira doing the malpractice they should report him to the nearest police station without harming him as currently, his health condition is not good,” pleaded the family spokesperson.

MEC spokesperson, Sangwani Mwafulirwa confirmed receiving the letter from the Swira family.

However, he could not be drawn into divulging more on the matter, saying issues of a person’s health are private.

Smart Swira is among seven presidential aspiring candidates who collected presidential nomination papers from MEC ahead of the fresh elections slated for July 2, this year, following the nullification of the May 21,2019 polls by the Constitutional Court on February 3.

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H E Nyaphapi One
2 years ago

I have been a psychiatric patient for 29 years.(since 1991). But i think better than most of the idiots in gov’t.(executive, judiciary and legislature)

2 years ago

Who is giving Him Money to go around Buying IDs ….Azakumana ndi Anthu aukali azampondatu ….Pomazazidikira kuti ndi a Candidate too late …Police should have prosecuted him as a way of protecting him …Onani anapitanso Kwina….

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2 years ago

True the man looks frail and sickly

2 years ago

If he has mental illness he should be disqualified because it might be his mental status that is drawing him to run as presidential candidate and that including the rigorous campaign is going to make his mental health deteriorate further.

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