Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

1 April 2014

Malawi: Blantyre Vendors for Realistic Promises

Blantyre — Blantyre Vendors Union (BVU) has asked parliamentary and local government aspirants to consider promising realistic things during campaign period.

Publicity Secretary of the Union, Eunice Nkhoma told the Malawi News Agency in an interview that when aspirants promise viable things, it is easy to fulfill them thereby winning the trust of the voters.

"People get discouraged to vote if they were once cheated and disappointed by politicians who believe in promising things they can't fulfill," she said.

Nkhoma disclosed that at the moment, several parliamentary and local government aspirants have been to Blantyre main Market to sell their manifestos and others even have helped to solve some of their sanitation problems.

According to Nkhoma, some aspirants have already promised them loans and better sanitation.

She pointed out that at the moment, the market is facing a lot of problems such as poor sanitation saying vendors have to pay K50 per each toilet usage and K100 to use the bathroom.

"We also have to pay K160 or K80 (for vegetable traders) per day as market fee to the city council," Nkhoma said.

Vendors are one section of people which politicians strive to convince during the campaign period since they are believed to be many and have the morale.

At the moment almost all BVU markets have flags of different parties flying up in the sky, a thing Nkhoma said indicates the vendors belong to various political parties.

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