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Loveness Gondwe in trouble

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National Rainbow Coalition (Narc) party president Loveness Gondwe is under fire following her failure to pay over K680,000 to 72 monitors she engaged on the polling day in the May 20 tripartite elections.

The monitors were engaged to work for the party in Mzuzu City constituency and were promised K9,500 each for lunch and communication among others. But till now the monitors have not received the allowances and are on her neck.

During the party’s post-mortem meeting, on the last elections, held in Mzuzu on Sunday, the monitors said the party has not been fair to them.

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One of the monitors Matilda Gondwe who was at Zolozolo East Centre said since the elections, they have only received K1,500 from Gondwe and the money was given to them last Sunday during the meeting.

“We worked the whole day during polling and the following night. She did not give us food as she promised. She said she would buy us rice and chicken meals plus soft drinks. We borrowed money to buy food for both lunch and supper. Today she is giving us K1,500 which is very unfair from a leader of her calibre,” said Gondwe.

Other monitors, James Nyirenda and Angella Chiumia from Masasa and Solomon Mvula from Kauwa centres accused Gondwe of just using them to win support of the party’s Swedish donors.

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But in an interview, Gondwe said the monitors did not help her in compiling results as taught by the party before elections. Gondwe said up to now her office has no report on the results for the constituency as their friends did in Mzimba west.

“At my constituency, monitors gave me the results and I used the same results to claim money from Malawi Electoral Commission as stipulated in the Constitution. Mec gave us back the money according to how we fared. In Mzuzu City constituency, I have nothing in my office concerning the results. Should I believe that they really worked?” argued Gondwe.

During the meeting she also revealed that she will contest in the 2019 presidential elections arguing that last time, she stepped aside because she did not want to compete with a fellow lady, Joyce Banda.

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