The race for the Mzuzu City Constituency seat just got stiffer. The City’s only elected Female Councilor Judith Chiume of Msongwe Ward has announced that she is contesting in the Parliamentary Elections on May 21, 2019 for the city.
Speaking in an interview in Mzuzu on Tuesday, last week, Chiume , a member of the former ruling Party, People’s Party (PP) said that she is confident that her role as woman Councilor for Msongwe Ward will give her leverage over her opponents.
“I belong to People’s Party and that is the ticket that I will contest on. In fact, it is the Party that actually nominated me to be one of their candidates. I feel women should be given a chance.
“The five years that I have been Councilor, there are quite a number of community development projects that I have engaged in of which, I feel if voted as MP, I will also be able to work with others to contribute to the development of Mzuzu and the Nation as a whole,” said Chiume.
Meanwhile, The Councilor has applauded the implementation of this year’s Local Development Fund (LDF) under MASAF IV Productive Public Works Programme.
“For the first time, I am quite happy and all the people in the Ward are quite happy except that you know these are a few selected people. You cannot please everybody. But as far as the implementation has gone this year, I want to say thumbs up,” said Chiume.
Other aspirants that have confirmed their ambitions to challenge sitting Member of Parliament Leonard Njikho in next year’s Tripartite Elections include; Bennex Mwamlima winner in the primaries elections in the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and the Democratic Progressive Party’s (DPP) candidates Kenneth Sanga and Maggie Mwanza.
Meanwhile some of the aspirants in the City have already launched their unofficial campaigns to woo voters. The real list of candidates competing for the Mzuzu City MP Seat will, however, only be known in the coming months after independent political aspirants and the results from primary elections are known.