By Chancy Namadzunda
After serving Chiradzulu Central constituents for a term, Mahomed Hanif Osman, populary known as OG Issah in business circles, is now vying for Zomba Changalume constituency.
Malawi Electoral Commision (MEC) by-election in the constituency on March 30, 2021 after the seat became vacant following the death of legislator John Chikalimba, who succumbed to Covid-19 in January this year.
Until his death, Chikalimba was a People’s Party (PP) MP.
In an interview with The Atlas Malawi, Osman confirmed his interest to contest in the area saying “yes it is true, I collected my nomination papers on Thursday.”
Osman, who is standing as an independent candidate, said his decision to contest in the area follows a request from the constituents.
“I stood in Chiradzulu in 2014 where I won and decided to take a break in 2019. My focus has been on my farm in Thondwe [Zomba], then the constituents requested that I represent them in Parliament when our late MP Hon Chikalimba passed on,” said O.G. Issah, adding that he is expected to release a manifesto soon.
Osman is expected to battle it out with PP’s Lawrence Bisika and UTM’s Jean Cheonga Chilemba both of whom have already collected nomination papers, as we went to press.
MEC Spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa said the commission is expected to receive the nomination papers on Monday, March 8.
Governing Malawi Congress Party is not fielding in the constituency after opting to support PP’s Bisika.