Malawi Pres Joyce Banda: ‘Competitive primary elections must not divide us’

President Banda announced that they will hold primary elections across the country.

“My message to candidates or aspirants is that a competitive primary must not divide us; it must prepare us to be united and work together to win the 2014 general elections on merit.
“As your leader, I am ready to continue leading this party and our nation to promote social and economic development for the betterment of our people,” she said, describing PP as a party of inclusiveness.

Meanwhile, reports emanating from the central region indicate that at least 24 aspiring candidates have sailed through primary elections unopposed.

Other candidates likely to sail through unopposed include Minister of Industry and Trade and legislator for Dedza Central, Trade Sosten Gwengwe; sitting parliamentarian for Dowa West and deputy minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Abel Kayembe and parliamentarian for Lilongwe Msozi South Godfrey Kamanya, who is also the Deputy Minister of Local Government.

But there is no such luck for the party’s second vice and former minister of energy Cassim Chilumpha. He is facing competition from Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Fahad Assani, who is also eying Nkhotakota South parliamentary seat.

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