Candidates in Karonga Central Constituency on Wednesday engaged the electorate in a radio debate ahead of the November 10 by-election.
The political debate, broadcast live on Tuntufye FM and Radio Dinosaur community radios, featured UTM Party’s Frank Mwenifumbo, independent Florence Nthakomwa, Mbakuwaku Movement for Development’s Nellie Sichali and Malawi Congress Party’s Leonard Mwalwanda while Democratic Progressive Party’s Ernest Mwalughali did not turn up despite confirming his participation.
The candidates discussed their manifestos and took questions from the electorate.
Some callers asked the candidates if they will not leave the constituency after winning the election.
In response, Mwenifumbo said he has a house and will not desert the constituents.
However, Nthakomwa, Mwalwanda and Sichali said there was no connection between owning a house in the area and implementing projects.
The four candidates also pledged to promote irrigation farming in the area.
However, the live debate was interrupted for a few minutes when Mwenifumbo mocked Mwalwanda for not owning a house in the constituency.
The debate was organised by National Initiative for Civic Education (Nice) Trust with funding from the European Union and National Democratic Institute.