Chakwera, Chilima Storm Lower Shire
Leadership of the MCP-UTM alliance on Tuesday descended to Chikwawa in the lower Shire on a campaign trail to sell its torchbearer in the coming fresh election, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera.
The story on sale was one of servant leadership where Dr. Chakwera and his running mate Dr. Saulos Chilima pledged to the electorate their undivided attention to the needs of the people.
The Tonse Alliance crew descended the lowers Shire with promises of a break in perennial problem of food insecurity, lack of viable produce markets and provision of good roads all targeted at alleviating the suffering of the majority of people in the Lower Shire.
Before the main rally at Nsangwe in Chikwawa, Chakwera held whistle-stop rallies at Chapananga, Tengani, Bangula and Solgen where he assured the people that once ushered into office, his administration would ensure that the welfare of citizens becomes a priority hence people to give him their vote. All his rallies drew a lot of public interest judging by the numbers in attendance.
Before Chakwera, his running mate Chilima observed that the Lower Shire is endowed with fertile soils for cotton farming hence the need to set up garment manufacturing factories.
Again, Chilima told the audience to have confidence in the alliance as the understanding between the parties includes that after the term of Dr. Chakwera expires in office, it shall be UTM’s turn.
MCP Vice president Sidik Mia, speaking on the same platform, has dared Tonse leadership to address food insecurity challenges haunting people in the lower Shire observing that this was the major issue of concern.
UTM Vice President Dr. Michael Usi said he decided to join politics after witnessing firsthand the pangs of poverty. He says he trusts that the Tonse Alliance leadership would fight poverty.
Umodzi party president Professor John Chisi and PPM president Mark Katsonga and PP vice president also attended the rally.
The campaign in official play is rolling in the absence of candidate for the DPP-UDF alliance President Peter Mutharika who has not been out of state house since the Malawi Electoral Commission-MEC-teed-off the official campaign twenty-four days ago on May 2. Mutharika made his last public apperance when he presented his nomination papers to the MEC at Mount Soche Hotel.