Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) have intensified by-election campaign rallies in Lupembe Ward in Karonga Central Constituency.
Speaking on Saturday during a rally in the area, MCP deputy secretary general Catherine Gotani Hara, who is also Speaker of Parliament, asked people to vote for the party’s candidate Elisha Bwinga.
“Bwinga will be able to liaise with his member of Parliament [Leonard Mwalwanda] on how best to use the K100 million Constituency Development Fund [CDF] and foster development in the community,” she said.
Gotani-Hara called on Malawians to exercise patience, saying government is doing everything possible to address the situation.
“Despite the global economic crisis, President Lazarus Chakwera’s government has put in place measures such as social cash transfer and has introduced the National Economic Empowerment Fund to enable people to borrow money and invest in various businesses to improve their economic livelihoods,” she said.
Gotani-Hara also assured people of the Northern Region that government will construct the Lilongwe-Kasungu-Mzuzu-Chiweta Road.
The party’s Karonga Central Constituency chairperson Wickson Kaonga urged people to vote for Bwinga, saying he is well conversant with issues and will be able to manage the K100 million CDF to benefit the electorates.
On Sunday, DPP deputy regional governor Smart Mwakayira (North) said his candidate Innocent Kalesi Gondwe is ideal for the post as he is geared to bring social amenities to transform the area.
Malawi Electoral Commission will conduct a by-election on August 23 in Lupembe Ward in Karonga Central Constituency.
According to Karonga district elections clerk Elias Nyirenda, there are 7 873 registered voters who will vote.