Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

1 August 2014

Malawi: Parliamentarian Assures Constituents of Steady Development

Mangochi — Member of Parliament for Mangochi West, Geoffrey Meleka Chiwondo has assured people in the constituency that he would strive to live on his campaign promise to bring meaningful development to the area.

Chiwondo said he would do everything within his might to live on his promise made in the run up to the May 20 elections of transforming the constituency so that people's living standards improve.

The legislator made the assurance on Saturday during a thanksgiving prayer service held at Sauya Village in the area of Traditional Authority Nankumba in the district.

Chiwondo said to achieve such development he would cultivate a very good working relationship with councillors, religious and traditional leaders, calling on people to bury their political differences for the good of the constituency and the district as a whole.

Commenting on the thanksgiving Mass in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana), Chiwondo said he decided to thank God for making it possible for him to represent people of the area in the august House, saying the race during campaign period was very stiff.

"I found it befitting to do this because I actually saw the hand of God lifting me up among the many contestants. The race to parliament was not easy which is why I thought of putting God first to guide me throughout the five year term as I serve people in the area," Chiwondo added.

The parliamentarian further said he would remain committed to developing the constituency.

Chiwondo said he would work with all people in the area without regard to one's political persuasion, noting that time for politicking was gone with the elections and that now it was time to think development.

"I would like to assure that I am ready to work with anyone with ideas on how best we can together develop the area. Most people think they cannot work with people from other political parties but that should not be the case here, we should have unity of purpose," he added.

In his sermon during the mass, Fr. Benito Mathyola thanked Chiwondo for remembering God as the creator and sole provider of all goodness, pointing out: "the basis of wisdom is the fear of God Almighty."

Mathyola observed that just in the scriptures in the Bible where Jesus Christ healed ten people with different ailments but only one person returned to thank God for what had happened to him.

"There is nothing different from what this other person out of the ten people did with what our MP has done by thanking God for what he has done to him," Mathyola said.

In his remarks, Traditional Authority Nankumba said what Chiwondo had done was a 'Miracle' to him since it was the first time for an elected Member of Parliament for Mangochi West to hold a thanksgiving prayer service after becoming victorious at the polls.

"Let me remind you, Honourable Chiwondo that it is not only your supporters who voted for you during the elections others too did the same, so you must try to serve all people in the constituency impartially," the traditional leader said.

A cross-section of people from all corners of the constituency attended the prayers to celebrate with their newly elected Member of Parliament where guests were also treated to a brunch.

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