Blantyre-based renowned private practice lawyer Noel Chalamanda on Saturday unveiled his ambition to contest in the Local Government polls for the position of a councillor.
Chalamanda, who is contesting in the Blantyre City Centre Ward as an independent candidate, said his ambition has been driven by the continued deterioration of Blantyre City.
“I was born and grew up in this city. This used to be a clean, orderly and well-secured city. Today, all you see is garbage, insecurity, chaos and darkness,” said Chalamanda who holds a masters of law degree from United Kingdom (UK).
He added: “I am greatly angered and I think we cannot save our city from this mess by just complaining in our offices. We need to step up and I have taken a step.”
Chalamanda, who underlined that Malawi will not move forward if young and energetic people continue to shun public positions, added that he has chosen to contest as an independent candidate because he does not want to be dictated by political masters.
He further said that he “understands that most Malawians associate councillorship with retired people”.
Said Chalamanda: “We need strong councillors in the district councils. We should not underestimate their role in local development. I am calling energetic youths to step up, otherwise our country will continue to register negative trends.”
Also in attendance at the ceremony were chiefs from Nancholi and Chilomoni townships in Blantyre as well as the executive commitee of Blantyre Market.