Malawi: OVOP Is the Answer for Phalombe - Shadow MP

Phalombe — Independent aspiring Member of Parliament for Phalombe South Isaac Bwanali says intensifying One Village One Product is the best way of bailing people of the district out of poverty.

Bwanali was speaking Friday on the side lines of the presentation of nomination papers in preparation for the May 21 tripartite elections.

Bwanali said Phalombe is one of the districts with no factories and companies where people can get employment, as such; they live in acute poverty because they only rely on subsistence farming.

"For this reason, I think the best solution is to create companies and factories that can offer people both jobs and the opportunity to employ themselves and OVOP is one unique initiative that can facilitate such development," said Bwanali.

The business man cum politician added that his first mission upon entering parliament will be to stir debate on how the OVOP initiative can be revamped to benefit many people, especially those in disadvantaged districts such as Phalombe.

Bwanali fell out of the Democratic Progressive Party to stand on an independent ticket after giving up in the party's primary race due to reasons surrounding the administration of the election.

Receiving Bwanali's nomination papers, Constituency Returning Officer for Phalombe South, Gervazius Gawanika implored with the aspirant to campaign peacefully.

Gawanika said gone are days when differences in political affiliations meant enmity and it was now time for people of Phalombe to live in harmony while holding on to their differences for the sake of peace in society.

"As a political leader, you are duty-bound to counsel your followers towards peace and togetherness with other members of society that do not agree with your political thoughts. This is what democracy entails," Gawanika added.

At the closure of reception of nomination papers on Friday, the Electoral Commission had received papers from 10 aspiring Members of Parliament and 14 aspiring Ward Councillors for Phalombe South Constituency and its two wards of Mpasa and Likulezi.

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