VP lunches PP campaign in Rumphi by-elections

The Vice President Joyce Banda has kick-started campaign for his People’s Party candidate in the Rumphi Central Constituency by-elections scheduled for September 06, 2011.

Speaking to thousands of people who gathered at Mzokoto in the district where she addressed a campaign rally, Banda said Rumphi district deserves special recognition from government as the district is the source of democracy in the country.

The Veep said Rumphi needs special attention because this is where late Aford President Chakufwa Chihana, who fought for democracy and former Malawi second vice president, came from Rumphi.

“We cannot talk about the democracy we are enjoying today without mentioning Chakufwa Chihana. He was the first to openly challenge the one party regime and call for multiparty before the rest including Dr Bakili Muluzi followed later,” said the Veep.

Rumphi central: People's Party launches campaign
Banda, her husband and Khumbo Kachali; Up north

She also assured the North that she and Peoples Party will not abandon them as she is their daughter and has a retirement home at Chintheche.

Joyce Banda is married to retired Chief Justice Richard Banda who comes from Nkhata-Bay the North.

Huge crowds lined trading centres along the road to Rumphi to have a glimpsy of Banda after they got wind that the she was going to Rumphi central.

Banda and PP vice President Khumbo Kachali were forced to stop and greet people at Ekwendeni and Enukweni trading centres on their way to Rumphi because of the huge turn out.

The veep has a number of rallies lined up for Rumphi central this week to support a PP candidate after the party was launched last week following its registration on 28, July this year.

PP candidate is McDowell Steven Aaron Chidumba Mkandawire who is facing  Enoch Chihana of Alliance for Democracy (AFORD), Peter Chihana of the Peoples Development Movement (PDM) and Norman Malondanimaso Nyirenda of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Rumphi Central constituency fell vacant in August last year after death of its parliamentarian, Professor Moses Chirambo who also served as Minister of Health in the current Bingu wa Mutharika’s led administration.

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