Monday, February 21, 2011
By Christopher Miti in Chipata
Mon 21 Feb. 2011, 04:00 CAT
A TRADITIONAL leader in Eastern Province says people will continue to cry every day if they just cast their votes without caution. Chief Mlolo of the Chewa people in Chadiza advised his subjects to vote for leaders who could foster development.
“I think on issues to do with elections I would like my people to vote for those that can bring development. But if we just vote because we have been given sugar then we will be crying every day,” said chief Mlolo in an interview on Thursday.
“The biggest things that we want are schools, good roads, good bridges, health centres so that we don’t face difficulties in moving up and down.”
He said people should not be swayed by the things that they were usually given by politicians during campaigns.
“You know other politicians bribe people with beer, during the voting day; other people stand by the roadside and give potential voters beer before they vote. Please don’t be swayed by beer, clothes or money,” chief Mlolo said.
He advised politicians to fulfill their campaign promises.
However, chief Mlolo said the current Chadiza parliamentarian Allan Mbewe had tried to fulfill some of the promises.
The chief said his area which borders with Mozambique had been hit by a dry spell for close to three weeks.
Chief Mlolo said if the dry spell continued the area would be faced with food shortages.
He advised his subjects not to apply fertiliser during the period of the dry spell.
Chief Mlolo appealed to the government to ensure that it set aside some maize which people could easily buy in the event of food shortages.
Chief Mlolo commended the government for providing fertiliser under the Farmer Input Support Programme (FISP) to rural farmers.