The UTM’s parliamentary aspirant for Mzimba Luwerezi Constituency Aitken Eric Chirwa has made bold promises on how he intends to transform the constituency once voted into power in the May 21 tripartite elections and has laid down strategies on how he will deliver on his promises.
Among the promises prioritized according to their ranking include; water and sanitation, health, agriculture, education, good road networks and environment.
Unpacking his promises Chirwa said it is disappointing that people in the constituency continue facing numerous challenges despite being repeatedly promised by their elected leaders of an end to these challenges.
He told Capital FM that he believes dealing with challenges in the set priority areas will transform the constituency which he said is lagging behind in terms of development as previous elected leaders had no vision to develop it.
“I have so many things in store for the people of Mzimba Luwerezi, my number one promise is to make sure that people have portable water through upgrading and rehabilitation of the Chamaji Gravity-Fed Water System which was constructed in the 1980s to cater for 20 000 people but is now serving over 130 000,” he said.
He added, “Then I will also work on constructing health centres and upgrading of one health centre into a rural hospital to reduce referral cases and distances people are travelling to access health services as well as reliable ambulance services for referrals. In agriculture, I will make sure that farmers in the area are linked to reliable markets.”
“In addition, I will construct school blocks and girls hostels, I will advocate for pupil teacher ratio to be reduced, I will also make sure that at least we have a boarding secondary school in my constituency, while on the environment deliberate conservation efforts will be put in place like planting trees, involving the surrounding communities in protecting forests and creating of village forests,” Chirwa said.
“I will also sit down with my fellow members of parliament from Kasungu North, myself, Mzimba South East and Nkhotakota North to push for the upgrading of famous Kakwale-Luwerezi-Khosolo-Dwambazi road which is a shortcut to the lakeshore road and has so many economic benefits which people from all these areas stand to benefit,” he said.
Asked on how he will deliver on his promises, Chirwa said he is a development expert who is good at writing development proposals such that he will not just rely on the Government to fund projects that he has promised people of Mzimba Luwerezi constituency.