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Some traditional leaders demand handouts from women aspirants

Written by  Blessings Kaunda
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Mzimba, December 24, 2018.  A representative of Human Rights Defenders Coalition, Happy Mhango says the 50:50 Campaign is facing a lot of challenges as some traditional leaders ask for handouts from women aspirants who would like to compete for different party positions in the 2019 tripartite elections.

Speaking Saturday at St Andrews Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP) in Mzuzu during the evaluation of the 50:50 Campaign, Mhango said the tendency of asking for handouts from women aspirants puts off females aspirants from taking part in politics.

“Asking for handouts from political aspirants is illegal as the tendency creates unfair political ground for contenders, let alone women aspirants,” said Mhango.

He said asking for handouts from political aspirants and offering the same is tantamount to corruption and advised people to refrain from perpetrating such malpractices to ensure success of the 50:50 Campaign.  

“Besides these malpractices, there are cultural practices and beliefs which continue to impede on women aspirants from effectively participating in politics and campaign for various political positions,” said Mhango.

In his remarks, the 50:50 Campaign Management Agency Evaluation Manager, Chawezi Tembo, said his organization would continue working with its partners to ensure that the political playing ground is favourable to both male and female aspirants.

“We will continue addressing these challenges so that we achieve the goal of the 50:50 campaign come the 2019 tripartite elections,” said Tembo.

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