MZIMBA--The Mzimba South West bye elections campaign kicked off Friday with a bang as candidates presented nomination papers at Edingeni Teachers Development Centre.
The event saw rivals governing People’s Party and main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) doing their best to outdo each other.
Vice President Khumbo Kachali reportedly provided a cow for all PP supporters to celebrate the presentation of nomination papers by the party’s candidate Raymond Nkhata.
DPP acting President Peter Mutharika did the same for his party’s candidate Ronald Chavula.
After presentation of the papers to District Commissioner Reverend Moses Chimphepo, the two teams, separated only by 100 metres, competed in singing praises for their candidates.
The heat of the moment was around 2.12pm when independent candidate James Nthara arrived in a convoy of three vehicles including a Cadillac six-door limousine waving from the open roof.
Chimphepo advised the candidates to follow the code of conduct as they are now under the armpit of electoral laws.
The DPP lowest moment however came when their trademark blue pickup vehicles had to be pushed to start while their PP colleagues offered to help while dancing around. Similar fate fell on Nthara whose 3 tonne pickup truck outfitted with had a public address system.
An application by the candidate of United Democratic Front, Maggie Chipeta, was rejected because she failed to prove she speaks English when taking an oath administered by a magistrate to prove her personal details.
Official campaign starts on September 6 for the October 9 bye-elections.
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