Five out of six local government elections candidates for Msechembe Ward in Mchinji East Constituency have bemoaned the lack of healthcare facilities in the area.
The aspirants were speaking at a public debate on Tuesday which National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust held in the district and have since asked government to address the problem.
UTM Party candidate Alice Francis said people in the ward walk up to 25 kilometres to access health services at Kochilira Rural Hospital.
“UTM feels concerned that all the previous governments did not see the need to construct a health facility in this area. That is why I am appealing to you voters to elect me on May 21 to change this history,” she said.
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) aspirant Denis Joseph Lazaro said his party is ready to overhaul the health sector if they win the elections.
Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) aspirant Efridah Nkhata as well as independents Munenenji Bokola and Philip Kang’ombe also pledged to bring health facilities to the area if they are voted in.
Mchinji district Nice civic education officer Paul Kanyenda urged people to critically analyse candidates’ manifestos and vote for them based on issues.
The European Union (EU) and the Embassy of Germany are jointly financing the debates to enhance interaction between voters and candidates.