UTM members invaded Katili in the area of Paramount Chief Kyungu in Karonga Central constituency on Sunday to sell their candidate Florence Nthakomwa as the 2019 tripartite race is heating up.
Speaking to a sizeable gathering Sunday afternoon, UTM’s regional director of women Bridget Nkhoma Kumwenda said UTM is well aware of problems that have been rocking the area since time immemorial ranging from lack of potable water, electricity and poor road networking to poor health service delivery.
Kumwenda said for the past years, elected leaders for the area have been denying the residents various social amenities due to what she called greedy behavior of self-enrichment at the expense of ‘tax payers’ who are supposed to enjoy the fruits of their sweat.
“As a woman I know that most of the problems that you are facing here, it is women who are the victims of the situation. You walk long distances in search of water, you walk about 24 kilometers to and fro to the maize mill, when a child is sick or when you are pregnant you cannot endure this bumpy road to the referral district hospital.
“This is why UTM today has brought to you the female candidate so that come May 21 you should do away with these problems by voting for Florence Nthakomwa as your Member of Parliament for this area,” Kumwenda said.
Director of youth for the Northern region Moses Maganga urged people to be vigilant with aspirants who will be coming with huge sums of money to induce them for votes and eventually dessert them.
“This is the time whereby you will be cheated with handouts and money in exchange with your vote. Say no to that and instead vote for Saulos Klaus Chilima for presidency, Florence Nthakomwa for Karonga Central constituency and Mickness Bwinga for Lupembe Ward if Katili is to register meaningful development,” Maganga said.
Taking her turn, the shadow MP for the area Florence Nthakomwa promised people of Karonga central good roads infrastructure, boreholes and vocational centres where youths and women will be horning various skills that will empower them economically.
At the function, Nthakomwa donated plastic chairs, water buckets, basins and mops to Katili health centre management committee (HCMC) members for use at Katili health centre.