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In an ill-advised move, President Joyce Banda pulls out of the scheduled Presidential debates

President Banda withdraws of DebatesA senior correspondent has confirmed that Malawi President Joyce has pulled out the scheduled MISA-Malawi debates slated for April 22 and 29 and May 6, 2014.

The debates aim was to motivate candidates to focus on real policy issues, and articulate their position on matters that are important to Malawians thereby providing a basis for holding the winning candidate accountable after the elections”.

Our senior correspondent thinks the move is ill-advised of the President and has the likely effect of taking votes from her just when she was appearing to be riding a wave of momentum.

MCP for Economic transformation - Chakwera

Lazarus ChakweraMalawi Congress Party (MCP) Presidential candidate Lazarus Chakwera on Wednesday asked people in Chitipa to vote for MCP during  the 20th May tripartite elections if they want the country to change from political constraints to economic empowerment.

He said people should not compare the old MCP with the new one because once voted into power his administration will tirelessly work to empower Malawians socially, politically and economically.

“We have one Malawi and it is the strategy of MCP to see to it that everyone benefits without looking at political affiliation or region of origin. We want politics of change.”

He said Malawi, Chitipa in particular, is blessed with resources like fertile soil, good hills and good rivers that can be used to turn the district into a bread basket not only for the northern region but also for the entire country.

“This means that Chitipa can contribute economically to the development of the country than the current situation, in which, it is sad that we didn’t recognize and appreciate that Chitipa is one of the most important districts in the country,”

“You need to know that MCP has put  strategies of making  the farm input subsidy program to benefit more people than the current situation where a few people benefit,” said Chakwera adding that it is very unfortunate that 50 years after independence the country is still known as a poorest nation in the world.

According to the MCP president foreign investors who will be working in the country in form of foreign direct investments will first benefit Malawians before anybody else.

“for the past 20 years instead of developing, the country’s development has been retrogressing; farming has gone down, education and healthy likewise even though we have been blessed with mining the contract clauses have been so secretive that most of us don’t know the benefits of such industries to Malawians,” said Chakwera.  

Speaking earlier Vice President of MCP Richard Msowoya asked people to go and verify their names when the centers open for verification to see if their photos, names and other details are collect.

He said  Chakwera  is a man of experience when it comes to effective leadership after being the president of Assemblies of God in Malawi and was also chosen as the mediator during a standoff between the executive and parliament on impeachment when the Bingu wa Muthalika Administration, the then ruling DPP, had the minority in government.

“Now it’s so sad that some candidates instead of selling their manifestos are busy telling you not to vote for Chakwera because he doesn’t have experience. We are aware that people who castigate our beloved 

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Felix Jumbe takes on Malawi pres. Joyce Banda on one cow a family

LILONGWE (MaraPost)—Malawi Congress Party Director of Campaign, Felix Jumbe openly challenged president Joyce Banda on personalising the Ministry of Agriculture project on One Cow a Family at a rally at Chipoka in Salima to mark the launch of the MCP manifesto in Salima South Constituency.

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NICE dates Chitipa prison with polling process

NICE officer speaking to inmates at Chitipa prisonNational Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) public trust on Wednesday dates inmates  at Chitipa prison to civic educate them about polling procedures ahead of May 20 tripartite elections.

Speaking in an interview after the program NICE District Civic Education Officer for Chitipa Amos Ngoma said the visit to the prison is one of the series of programs his office has lineup with the aim of reducing null and void votes from the electorates.

Ngoma said their main massages include procedures of polling, marking of the ballot and roles and responsibilities of Members of Parliament, Councilor and President.

“NICE as a public trust, it is under our prerogative to reach out to every citizen of Malawi who is eligible electorate with voter information regardless where they are,”

“As you are aware places like prison are prohibited to conduct campaign meetings as such these people lack a lot of information as regards to elections, so it is our responsibility as a public trust to reach out to them,” said Ngoma.

He also said they will be distributing Newspapers and other elections related materials to the inmates for them to understand current issues about tripartite elections besides the radios which they donated sometime back for them to make informed decisions on polling day.

In a separate interview with the Officer in Charge for Chitipa prison, Maiden Thawiha said the information about 2014 tripartite elections is very crucial as it will be the first time in the history of the country for electorates to vote for President, Mp and Councilors on the same day.

Thawiha commend NICE saying is the only organization in the district that comes with voter education whenever something comes up NICE always update the prisoners.

“To NICE this prison is like their second home, they always feed us with information relating to 2014 tripartite elections and it’s my hope that this center will not have null and void votes,” said Thawiha, adding that other NGOs should emulate the good example from NICE.

Chitipa prison which is located in Chitipa central constituency with seven aspiring MP and 12 aspiring councilors is a pilot centre for Kawale primary School has 130 inmates.

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Chikwawa Mkombedzi parliamentary aspirants’ promises peaceful campaign

No ViolenceChikhwawa Mkombedzi parliamentary aspirants have pledged to hold peaceful campaign rallies to improve the credibility of the forthcoming May 20 tripartite elections by creating an atmosphere of tolerance, mutual respect and peace.

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