By Tiwera Chisi- MEC
United Transformation Party (UTM) parliamentary candidate for Balaka north constituency Lucius Banda on Friday presented his nominations paper at Chembera TDC centre within the constituency, calling for people to vote for him and Vice President Saulos Klaus Chilima (SKC) as president.
Banda, who is the incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for the constituency and UTM national campaign director, arrived at the centre around 3pm in the afternoon followed by hundreds of his supporters donning in UTM party regalia.
In an interview after presenting his papers, Banda who last year dumped United Democratic Front (UDF) for UTM, urged the people in the constituency to vote for him to continue development activities he started in 2014.
“In 2014, you trusted me and we have initiated many development projects together. We have to continue with this development agenda, and we can only do that by voting for Lucius Banda as MP and Chilima as president,” he said.
Asked if he is shaken considering that Balaka is regarded a stronghold of UDF, Banda, a veteran Musician said people of Balaka north chose him in 2014 and not the party; as such he is confident to retain the seat.
Other candidates to battle for the constituency include Bakali Stern (UDF), Mambo Andiwatch (MCP), Mangadzuwa Francis (DPP), Ibrahim Daudi, Tony Ngalande and Fletcher Padoko both are standing on independent ticket.
In 2014, Banda won the parliamentary seat on UDF ticket. Before UDF convection in August last year, Banda announced to challenge current party President Atupele Muluzi.
However, weeks before the convection which was held at Comesa Hall in Blantyre, Banda pulled out on the race, dumped the party and joined UTM of Vice president Chilima.
He was later elected UTM national campaign director at its convection in December.