Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

9 March 2014

Malawi: Tanzania's Mongele Warns Malawians Against "Artificial" Politicians

Lilongwe — As the campaign clock ticks closer, Tanzanian women empowerment advocate Gertrude Mongele has advised Malawians to be on the lookout against politicians who build their campaign on "Manufactured lies."

Mongele, who is also former Secretary General of the Beijing Women Conference and former Pan-African Parliament President, said the campaign period was when most politicians went around claiming to be genuine democrats when they were actually very far from what practical democracy really was.

The activist has since urged Malawians to fully scan the political candidates in the forthcoming May 20 tripartite elections before they can make a decision.

On the other hand, Mongele hailed Malawi's President Dr Joyce Banda for closing the generation gap in her choice of the youthful Sosten Gwengwe as her Presidential running mate.

She said: "I have just been tipped that you have chosen a youth as your running mate for the May 20 elections.

"That is a sign that you are applying the African principles of equality despite age and I do hope that your youthful running-mate is a man of quality who does not fear equality and that he will inspire his fellow youth."

She added that President Banda was acting as a political mentor to Gwengwe and the youth, adding that women were the best mentors world over.

She also said she hoped Gwengwe was a serious youth who would pose as a role model to the fellow youths of the country.

On a lighter note, the Tanzanian activist also urged Malawians to support women in politics and decision making positions.

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