Chikwawa, 10 May, 2019:Development Initiative Network a local Non Governmental Organisation (NGO) running the 50:50 female campaign in Chikwawa has complained that out of about twenty female candidates that are contesting in the district, two candidates have isolated themselves from the female campaign a development which has worried the female campaigners.
Programs Officer for DIN Malawi, Joshua Malunga complained that despite his organisation’s efforts of bringing all the female candidates together in campaigning for their seats in Chikwawa , some female candidates have opted to run their campaigns separately.
Malunga mentioned Abida Mia, wife to MCP vice president Honourable Muhammad Sidik Mia who is competing as an MCP Parliamentary candidate for Chikwawa Nkombedzi and Frolence Nyangulu who is an aspiring Councillor for Makhwira south in Chikwawa East Constituency as candidates who are running their campaign separately.
Malunga said his organisation has tried to reach Honourable Abida Mia along side Florence Nyangulu on several occasions but their efforts have not yield any results.
Malunga was speaking on Wesday at Chafulumira football ground in Group Village Head man Mpama’s area, in Traditional Authority (T/A) Makhwira during a 50:50 football bonanza organised to drum up support for Phoebe Mtembenuzeni another female candidate contesting as an independent Member of parliament for Chikwawa East Constituency.
Malunga added that women candidates should first of all embrace themselves in order to succeed even if they feel they have resources to run their campaign individually as they shall still be required to work as a group once they are elected as MPs and ward councillors.
Efforts to speak to Honourable Abida Mia for isolating herself from the 50:50 female candidates campaign proved futile as she could not respond on her mobile phone despite several attempts.
DIN Malawi is an implementing 50:50 female candidate campaign in Chikwawa District involved in capacity building, manifesto formulation and public speaking for female candidates.
Mrs Abida Mia has been enjoying popular support in Chikwawa Nkombedzi constituency since she launched her campaign bid earlier this year in a constituency which her husband Honourable Muhammad Sidik Mia was an MP for about a decade.
Meanwhile some female contestants in Chikwawa have mentioned failure to get their nomination refunds and lack of campaign materials as some of the challenges they are encountering in the course of campaign.
About twenty female candidates are competing for the Parliamentary and ward councillor seats in Chikwawa.
Source: MANA Online