By Charles Mphwere-MANA
Celebrated hip-hop artist, Fredokiss says his ambition to contest for a parliamentary seat for Blantyre City South Constituency as an independent candidate does not imply that he has joined politics, but rather attaining a position on the decision making platform.
Fredokiss whose real name is Penjani Kalua toured the area in January where among other things he distributed plastic sheets to people whose houses were affected by heavy rains.
The artist also popularly known as Ghetto King for his music that highlights problems which young people face in the community confirmed in interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana) on Monday that his nomination papers were presented to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) last week Tuesday.
“I would not really say that I am joining politics, rather I’m getting a seat on the decision making table. I am jumping in a space that is supposed to initiate development and make the whole development process participatory,” Fredokiss said.
“I have been involved in development and community work for some years now. This parliamentary position is meant to consolidate some of the activities I have been doing in line with youth empowerment,” he added.
The self-acclaimed Ghetto King, however, admitted a stiff competition for the seat but said he was determined to win it in a bid to alleviate some of persisting challenges the constituency has been facing.
“I will run my race with faith, zeal and determination while God will do the rest for me. Blantyre City South has vast problems ranging from infrastructure development to economic empowerment for women and the youth,” Fredokiss observed.
He challenged that with God everything was possible and that Blantyre City South has rallied behind someone who would remain focused on their challenges and work on solutions by learning from past mistakes.
Blantyre City South Constituency is currently represented by Allan Ngumuya who ditched the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and joined UTM before losing in the party’s primary elections.
Fredokiss, therefore, joins other contestants such as Noel Lipipa for DPP, Moses Kunkuyu for Malawi Congress Party, Ngumuya who will go to the race as an independent candidate and several others in the parliamentary race.