Damiano Ganiza, one of the two aspiring independent presidential candidates for the May 20 Tripartite Elections, on Wednesday cycled for about eight hours from Zomba to present his case to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) officials.
Ganiza, a farmer from Willy Village, Paramount Chief Chikowi, is among 18 presidential candidates. There is yet another surprise to the presidential race, Sangwani Soko whose details, however, remain scanty.
At least 16 political parties have collected nomination papers whereas two forms have been collected from the commission by Ganiza and Soko.
Ganiza is expected to present his nomination papers after meeting several conditions, including paying K1 million (about $2 400) nomination fees, on February 11 at 11am at the Comesa Hall in Blantyre.
“I am confident I will be President of this country if nobody blocks my way,” he said, alleging that his previous attempts were frustrated by MEC officials. He claimed making attempts in 2004 and 2009 but his efforts were fruitless.
When asked whether he will raise K1 million, Ganiza stated that he got answers for all the questions related to conditions set by MEC, but would not be explicit.
“I am determined to stand and this has been my ambition for a long time. This country has lost direction because of lack of visionary leaders,” he claimed. “My wife, Annie, is very supportive.”
Ganiza said he has a “doctorate” in discovery of wonderful truth from India.
His presentation of nomination papers will be preceded by Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) president Peter Mutharika at 9 am and United Independence Party (UIP) president Hellen Singh.
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera will present his form on Tuesday while United Democratic Front (UDF) torchbearer Atupele Muluzi on Wednesday. Mark Katsonga of People’s Progressive Movement (PPM) and Kamuzu Chibambo of People’s Transformation (Petra) are also expected to present on Wednesday.
Details of President Joyce Banda’s presentation remain hazy as People’s Party (PP) officials were elusive on the subject.
The presidential candidates are expected to present the nomination papers with their running mates.