Forty-two-year-old Victoria Kingstone, owner of popular entertainment joint, Zitherepano, in Mangochi, last week filed nomination papers to contest on a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ticket as a member of Parliament for Mangochi Central Constituency.
In an interview recently, Kingstone said she joined politics to help in developing the area.
“I am eyeing a world where people who have been deprived of development for decades are brought myriad development projects on their verandahs,” she said.
Kingstone said the area needs a visionary leader for it to be developed.
“I am an asset. The present leadership dwells on visionary leaders who may sit down and look at the needs of the people and not those who want to assume office with the sole reason of enriching themselves,” she said.
Kingstone said she wants to use her skills in running businesses to help Mangochi Central residents to break the circle of poverty.
“I have not emerged to perpetuate the economic status of people in the area once given the entrance door in theMay 20 Tripartite Elections, but rather to resuscitate the ailing economic status of people in my area by embarking on various strategies aiming at making my constituents viable,” she said.
The incumbent businessperson faces Clement Chiwaya of United Democratic Front (UDF), Macdonald Sembereka of People’s Party (PP) and independent candidates Anussa Hassein and Mustafa Tchuwa.