By Patricia Mtungila, MEC Stringer
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate for Mzuzu City Constituency, Bennex Mwamlima, has appealed for tolerance among political parties ahead of the official campaign period which the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is scheduled to open on March 19.
Mwamlima made the appeal after presenting his nomination papers to MEC officials at Mzuzu City Council on Friday, saying violence does not profit anyone.
“So, I would like to ask all members of different political parties to be tolerant of each other. As for me, I do not condone any violence. Some people say politics is a dirty game but that is not true, it is the people entering politics who are dirty,” Mwamlima said.
The MCP candidate said once voted into office, he will work well with councilors to ensure that sustainable development trickles to all residents of Mzuzu.
“The main problem why councilors and MPs have sour relationships is simply because they do not play out their different duties. We do not know our duties. My main duty is to represent my constituency in Parliament and to lobby resources for the constituency from within and outside,” Mwamlima said.
He is expected to face stiff completion from nine other candidates including the incumbent Leonard Njikho of the UTM Party; DPP’s Kenneth Sanga, Alliance for Democracy (AFORD)’s Mercy Mbezuma Mfune, United Democratic Front’s Ibrahim Swanki, Justice Chimaliro of the Peoples Party and independent aspirants, incumbent Mzuzu City Mayor William Mkandawire and his deputy Alexander Mwakikunga.
Meanwhile, data at MEC shows that only MCP, DPP and UTM have councilors who have submitted nomination forms to contest in the Local Government Elections in all 15 wards.
The DPP-led Government has come under fire in recent weeks for failing to contain rising incidences of political violence targeting opposition political parties but the ruling party has assured electoral stakeholders that it is taking a zero tolerance approach to political violence.