President of the Alliance for Democracy (Aford) Enoch Chihana has claimed government is planning to institute a K5 000 ($10) tuition fee in primary schools to complement its zero-aid budget, effective next school calendar; a development he warned will worsen education quality in Malawi.
Chihana said this on Saturday at Chibanja Ward in Mzuzu where he wooed voters to vote for Gibson Chisale, the party’s candidate in the August 25 Local Government by-elections.
Said Chihana: “I have information from within government that such a plan is in place and I warn you people against voting for DPP come August 25 polls.”
However, Deputy Minister of Defence JappieMhango, who was also in the same area with Northern Region Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) governor Kenneth Sanga wooing support for George Manda, dismissed the claims, saying education will still be free in primary schools.
But Mhango and Sanga said Aford’s rhetoric is meant to brain-wash people so that they lose trust in the DPP-led government.
Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) will conduct polls for councillor in Chibanja Ward after Charles Nyirongo, who was elected during the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections, died in September last year.