The Acting Paramount Chief Chief Chikulamayembe made the call Saturday at his Headquarters at Bolero in Rumphi during the engagement meeting organized by Women Action Group (WAG) which drew women shadow MPS, shadow Councilors from various political parties and different stakeholders including Police, the clergy, Area Development Committee members among others.
“Political violence has no room in a democracy, aspirants are supposed to be given equal opportunity to sell their manifestos to the electorate in order for the voters to make informed decisions when choosing leaders.
“Therefore, I am appealing to everyone to report to chiefs, police and other relevant authorities if they come across any form of violence especially against aspiring women candidates who are more vulnerable to such misconducts,” said Chikulamayembe.
Chikulamayembe added that experience reveals that women in positions of authority perform much better than men because they are developmental conscious and refrain from swindling public funds.
On her part, Bolero Women Action Group (WAG) Chairperson Annah Gondwe said that violence against women in politics has a negative bearing in any election because it deters electorates from making informed decisions when choosing leaders.
“Political violence also scares some quarters of the society to actively participate in elections especially vulnerable groups such as women and youths who mostly are the victims of such violence,” observed Gondwe. She then urged all political parties to desist from inciting violence during the campaign period saying such incidences may affect the credibility of the forthcoming polls.
Speaking on behalf of women shadow MPs and Councilors, Rumphi West Constituency UTM aspiring Member of Parliament Mellanie Jatula Mkandawire expressed optimism that political violence will no longer happen in Rumphi district as the engagement meeting drew all key people in the society.
“The engagement meeting has come at the right time to remind us on the consequences of political violence, I hope this will help all political parties to maintain peace during the period,” said Mkandawire.
Bolero Women Action Group (WAG) is under Young Women in Active Politics 3-year project implemented by Women Legal Resources Centre (WOLREC) with financial support from European Union (EU).