After a seven-year silence, singer Malume Bokosi has resurfaced only to declare his interest to contest for Machinga Central Constituency seat in next year’s elections.
Bokosi, who shot to fame in 2001 with his hit Alimi Tidalakwanji, wants to stand on a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ticket.
“I can confirm that I am standing as member of Parliament [MP] for Machinga Central Constituency on a DPP ticket,” he said in a telephone interview.
“I was approached by chiefs and some constituents who asked me to stand in the forthcoming elections. I have made thorough consultations and decided to contest.”
The Wakana Kukayezetsa hit maker said he is concerned that the area “remains under-developed”.
“Among the major problems that people face here include lack of potable water and a poor road network. I have all along stayed here in the village and I know the problems of the people. It’s my wish to help develop the area,” he said.
Bokosi will compete against the incumbent MP ShaibuKaliati of United Democratic Front (UDF), the Reverend Rex Chitekwe and a Mrs Khembo (both independent) who have so far shown interest to contest.
Other musicians currently in Parliament are Lucius Banda and Allan Ngumuya.