Shadow councilor urges ‘forgotten’ Zolozolo to vote for Chakwera


Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Zolozolo Shadow Councilor Franklin Hara has encouraged the “forgotten” people of Zolozolo West Ward to vote for Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in Tuesday’s elections if they are to enjoy development projects as other city dwellers.

Hara said this at Botanic Gardens in Zolozolo West on Sunday where he held a campaign meeting.

Hara campaigning

“We have been forgotten for too long in this area. Although we live in the City of Mzuzu but there is nothing to show that we are part of the City as there is no tarred Road to the Area, there is no garbage collection and there are no street lights.

“Whether we like it or not, it’s time for Dr Chakwera to be President. All of you who have registered, vote for me on 21 May and vote for Bennex Mwamlima our MCP MP and vote for Dr. Lazarus Chakwera for us to be able to bring the long-awaited roads to our area. We will also put good drainage systems to this area as this is already part of the social contracts that we signed,” said Hara.

According to Hara, the MCP’s vast years in the opposition have enabled the Party to draw some leadership lessons which have equipped the Party to continue developing Malawi from where the founding father of the Nation Dr Kamuzu Banda left off.

“Whether you like it or not, this is Dr. Lazarus Chakwera’s time to become President as these 25 years of being in opposition have helped us to learn many lessons that will help us to govern well. There are some good orators who have come in politics but do not listen to them as they do not have the experience to lead Malawi,” Hara said.

And a representative of Block Leader Elias Sikwese from the area called on the MCP shadow councillor to prioritize bringing a tarred road between Luwinga and Zolozo so as to open up Zolozolo to the outside world and especially to ease access to health services.

“As you may see, there is no tarred road here in Zolozolo, the Road is a death trap. We need a tarred Road so that we can easily access health services in this area. Also our youth in this Area have nothing to do, please help our community with these developments,” said Sikwese.

The aspiring councilor also took time to civic educate the voters on the correct type of voting.

“When you enter the polling booth, make sure you just tick on Dr Chakwera’s face, tick nicely in the box and do not tick on outside the box, do not cancel or tick on another box otherwise that will be a null and void vote,”  Hara said.

Despite the scenic gardens, the National Botanic Gardens, Zolozo West Ward has remained a hard-to reach area due to the treacherous dusty road which becomes impassable in the rainy season.

Hara is expected to face four other candidates in the local Government Polls on Tuesday who include;   Sayid Maliro Kenneth of United Transformation Movement (UTM) and Peterkings Mbale an independent candidate, the Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) candidate Khumbo Msowoya and Grace Jessie Kaliati Singini of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).