By Elijah Phompho & Ayamba Kandodo, MEC Stringers
CHIKWAWA-(MaraviPost)-Lack of police unit and health centre emerged as major highlights during the Makhuwira South Ward councilor debate organised by the National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Public Trust over the weakened for the contestants in the November 10, 2020 polls to outline their development plans once elected as ward councilor for the area.
The five candidates who were from- Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), United Democratic Front (UDF), UTM, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and one independent; among other things also promised to improve people’s livelihoods in the area by ensuring that local farmers find markets for their produce.
However, speaking during an interview after the debate at Mitondo Primary School in Traditional Authority (T/A) Makhuwira in Chikwawa, Group Village Head (GVH), Savala implored on the candidate, who shall be declared a winner in the by-election to ensure in fulfilling the promises being made, saying the past leaders for the area betrayed them by not honouring what they pledged.
He particularly singled out the absence of a health centre and a police unit as some of the outstanding campaign promises previous leaders failed to keep.
“Our only hope is that the up-coming ward councillor shall make sure that we have a police unit and a health centre in this area,” stressed the chief
“At the moment its difficult for the people in the area to access police services which can be found at Chikwawa boma, a distance of 30 kilometres from hear. The area also does not have a health facility,” he pointed out.
On his part, Chikwawa Nice civic education officer, Joseph Chamambala said he was impressed with the way the Makhuwira South ward aspirants articulated their development plans.
He, however, asked the aspirants to have an interest in understanding principles of decentralization for them to know their roles better once elected.
Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioner, Steven Duwa, who graced the event, expressed satisfaction with the turn out of people during the debate, saying it is an indication that people in the area will come out in large numbers to cast their vote come during the polling day.
He, however, expressed dismay after noting that it is only Nice which is carrying out awareness campaigns for the by-elections despite the electoral body accrediting several organisations to carry out awareness campaigns
Makhuwira South Ward become vacant following the demise of the ward councillor, Manick Ganet who was accidentally shot by police officers when wrangles erupted following grievances surrounding compassion after they were relocated to pave way for the construction of Thabwa Fatima Livunzu East-Bank Road.