National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust has hailed candidates in Ndirande Makata Ward in Blantyre Malabada Constituency for conducting a peaceful debate.
Nice Blantyre district civic education officer Henry Gwedeza said this on Monday at Makata Primary School during a debate the organisation held for those contesting in the ward during the October 17 by-election.
“Although the contestants are from different parties, they have shown that they can work together for the benefit of all. After all, they are here to sell themselves to the electorate and only one will represent the people,” he said.
A representative of group village head Somanje Makata advised the candidates to conduct their campaigns peacefully, saying anyone found orchestrating violence will be dealt with.
The three candidates who took part in the debate were Ishmael Chilambo of United Democratic Front (UDF), Thom Litchowa of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Mathews Shaba of People’s Party (PP). Missing on the debate was Thom Lita of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
During the debate, the candidates focused on problems of water, sanitation, bridges, electricity blackouts and transparency and accountability. na