Jul 16, 2018 Last Updated 2:58 PM, Jul 12, 2018


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Umodzi Party President John Chisi has stressed that his party has no money to bribe people to vote for him in the forthcoming 2019 tripartite elections.

Chisi says political handouts are major factors that are derailing the country’s socio-economic development.

He insinuates that giving handouts to people in form of money, T-shirts and clothes is similar to barter system of buying and selling of goods and services.

The medical professor cum politician says giving such items to people entails that the politician should not initiate and invest in development projects of the country as they already exchanged their services with material during campaign which he describes as a corrupt act.

“Let me tell you this, a patriotic Malawian will never ask for money or clothes from a politician to vote for them but will be propelled by good manifestos of development and Umodzi is the only political party in Malawi which has got passion to serve people with honest,” said Chisi.

Chisi said this in Karonga district during a political rally meant to woo voters in 2019.

Commenting on the issue, the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) Desk Officer for Karonga Diocese of the Catholic Church, Louis Nkhata commended Chisi for his style of campaign.

Nkhata says giving political handouts to people during campaign is against the constitution of the republic of Malawi and Malawi Electoral Commissions’ Act.

The opposition in Malawi claims that it is making no progress in its plans to meet President Mutharika over socio-economic challenges facing the southern Africa nation.

Malawi continues to go through prolonged electricity black outs.

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