Independent parliamentary candidate for Mzimba Solola Precious Chisi has pledged to establish a charity to support the elderly and other less privileged people in the constituency.
Speaking in an interview on Monday, the aspirant said the organisation will start this year.
He said he will invest K50 million in the organisation and will also seek support from other well-wishers to enable more people benefit.
Chisi said he is concerned that there are a number of elderly and other vulnerable groups who lack basic needs and do not have proper houses.
“Mzimba is my home and I grew up here. I believe in giving back to the community and supporting the less privileged,” he said.
Mzimba Civil Society Network chairperson Teckson Amadu said Chisi has a good idea, but it is being raised at a wrong time during an election campaign when candidates tend to promise a lot to win votes.
“It is a good idea. There are a number of people who are suffering out there and need help, but why not just implementing the idea without announcing it? Politicians are good at studying what people lack and capitalise on those needs, but fail to implement them,” he said.
Amadu also said the candidate needs to disclose his source of funds for transparency purposes.