UTM Party has officially launched its campaign for the upcoming parliamentary by-election in Dedza Central East Constituency with a message from the party’s Secretary General urging the electorate to vote for their candidate, Patrick Siwinda.
During a rally held at Basiyele Village in Traditional Authority Kaphuka in Dedza, UTM’s Secretary General, Patricia Kaliati, urged people in Dedza Central East to vote for Siwinda, a former National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) officer in the district.
“Ever since the UTM party was registered, we have always been prepared for everything and we have a keen following among people throughout Malawi, which is why I am confident Patrick Siwinda is going to win this election.
“There are several issues in this area, poor road network, schools are in dilapidated state and access to clean water is a major problem.
“But having seen what is happening here, I can promise you that from next week, we are going to start drilling a borehole right here because we know that water is life,” Kaliati added.
She, therefore, urged all people, especially the youth, to register for the election slated for October 26, 2021 and turn out in large numbers on the voting day to vote for Siwinda.
The aspiring candidate, said for a long time, Dedza Central East Constituency has been under-developed due to poor governance, saying his promises to people in the constituency would be hinged on good governance.
“We all know that government gives allocation through Constituency Development Fund (CDF), District Development Fund (DDF) and other windows of development.
“So, what matters is planning together with the chiefs and Village Development Committees (VDCs) so that they come forward with their development plans and I will only play a coordinating part to allow people to choose the development projects they would like in this area,” Siwinda said.
Also speaking at the launch, UTM National Campaign Director, Makwenda Chunga who accompanied Kaliati, said there was need for government to manage the issue of fertiliser prices in the country.
The parliamentary by-election in Dedza Central East Constituency is being held following the death of independent MP, Mcsteyn Mkomba.