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PACENET drums up for female candidates; Road to May 21 polls


PACENET project officer Olive Mpina



By Viciah Nasonh-Mec Stringer

The governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) shadow lawmaker for Dedza South Constituency Annie Kadzanja has hailed initiatives that Pan African Civic Educators Network (PACENET)is undertaking in ensuring that Female candidates are realising their potential.

Kadzanja made the remarks at a recent roadshow in her constituency where PACENET organized to unveil and give a platform to different female candidates across the district.

“I’m grateful to what PACENET is doing to us for the fact that some of us are new in the political arena. We really need these interventions for us to be empowerment and this truly demonstrates that we are at the heart of the organization,” said Kadzanja.

She however appealed for a continue support from PACENET saying the initiative has boasted their morale as female candidates.

Once ushered into power, Kadzanja promised to improve Dedza border post where she among other things said, the Post is operating in a sorry state.

“People of Dedza are privileged to have a border post which spur different economic activities to the country. This is high time we utilized our votes and choose the right candidate in an effort to change the current situation, ” she added.

Speaking on the sidelines of the road show, PACENET project officer Olive Mpina decried some people’s mindset who still regard women as inferiors.

Mpina however expressed satisfaction saying their organization is impressed to have noted that six women in Dedza have shown interest in contesting as legislators in the May tripartite polls.

Among others, PACENET civic educates people on the importance of voting for female candidates, supporting women vying for different political positions.

The organization is implementing the project in the six districts of the country including Dedza with the funding from UN Women

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