Running mates to Battle it Out on ZBS Debate
For the first time ever, the Malawi’s presidential running mates will have a chance to sell themselves to the voters, thanks to a Zodiak Broadcasting Station ZBS initiative.
From March the number one radio station in Malawi will host two debates in Blantyre and Lilongwe for the running mates to battle it out.
Recently, the country’s electoral body announced that eleven presidential candidates and their running mates have been approved to contest in the forthcoming polls.
ZBS Managing Director, Gospel Kazako says the debates are part of the radio’s initiative of propagating an issue-based campaign ahead of the elections in May.
“The presidential running mate debates will take place for the first time ever in Malawi. The debates will feature nominated presidential running mates from several political parties in Malawi to discuss and debate issues of national importance.”
According to Kazako, the debates will provide a national platform to various political parties leaders to present to the nation theri strategic goals, vision and developmental policies aimed at transforming the country.
“The debates will cover a wide range of issues affecting Malawians and, in particular, will aim at enlightening the electorate to choose leaders based on their ability to deal with issues pertinent to the life of an average Malawian and not mere choice of personalities,” Kazako said.
Kazako said the debates will seek to explore the leaders’ commitment and dedication to Malawians “as they seek positions of power.”
He said, “On this platform, the presidential running mates will be accorded a chance of presenting to Malawians their focus of interest in terms of fiscal policies and discipline, health, education, youth unemployment, agriculture, trade and investment, international relations, and good governance, among other issues.”
Meanwhile, ZBS, in conjunction with the British High Commission, is currently holding a series of political debates dubbed “Question Time Malawi”.—Zodiak Online