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Lazarus Chakwera promises better Malawi for all

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By Pilirani Kachinziri:

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president, Lazarus Chakwera, Monday sealed his bid to contest for the May 21 Tripartite Elections after he became the first presidential candidate to present nomination papers to Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) at Comesa Hall in Blantyre.

Chakwera, one of the presidential front-runners in the forthcoming elections, also officially unveiled Sidik Mia as his running mate.

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Spotting a black suit, white shirt and red necktie, Chakwera was accompanied to the venue by his wife Monica, Mia, thousands of MCP supporters clad in party regalia, Freedom Party leader Khumbo Kachali, who is MCP’s political bed-fellow after signing an electoral alliance on Sunday

The supporters danced and ululated as Chakwera presented his nomination papers to Mec Chairperson, Justice Jane Ansah, at exactly 10am.

The electric mood in the jam-packed Comesa Hall was heightened when Police Brass Band played the famous song “Don’t Worry”. They danced and ululated.

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Looking confident and composed, Chakwera declared to Mec and his supporters his interest in contesting in the elections as Malawi President.

“…I do hereby declare my intention and desire to contest as President of Malawi…I will respect and defend the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi,” he said.

In his hard-hitting speech that lasted for some four minutes, Chakwera promised to solve the problems which Malawians are facing as prescribed by his Super High Five development strategy.

“I have come here to build a new Malawi using Chakwera High Five,” he said.

The strategy is premised on servant leadership, prospering together, cracking down on corruption in the civil service, respecting the rule of law and promoting national unity.

“I have come here from Lilongwe where the President and his Vice are packing because change has come,” Chakwera concluded his speech amid ululation and hand- clapping from his supporters.

After presenting the nomination papers, Chakwera and Mia had a whistle stop tour of Blantyre in a bid to woo voters in the district which is regarded as ruling Democratic Progressive Party’s stronghold.

In his speech, Ansah reiterated her advice to the political parties to desist from dirty campaign and abide by Mec’s code of conduct which prescribes how the campaign should be conducted.

“Malawians are tired of foul-mouth campaign. Malawians want issue-based campaign,” she said.

Ansah has pledged to hold free, fair and credible elections on May 21.

“We shall be impartial,” she said.

After Chakwera presented his nomination forms, John Chisi of Umodzi Party was next, saying he has all the necessary requirements to run for presidency.

He said Umodzi is concerned with reports of rigging made by President Peter Mutharika and his Vice Saulos Chilima, who he described as credible sources.

Chisi then condemned political violence, saying it is backwardness.

He said Umodzi would provide universal education and healthcare.

Mec disclosed that 24 nomination papers were collected. The 2014 elections attracted 12 candidates.

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