By Ronald Mpaso:
Kondowe is one of the several sports personalities who are contesting to become members of parliament in the May 21 tripartite elections.
Others are Malawi National Council of Sports board member Elliot Mankhamba Phiri, former Malawi national football team goal poacher Peterkins Kayira, former Wanderers chairperson Chipiliro Mpinganjira, former Bullets chairperson Kondi Msungama and Malawi Boxing Association President Justice Katika.
The list also has former National Youth Football Association chairman Mavuto Missi, Malawi Professional Boxing Control Board President Lonzoe Zimba, former Bullets chairperson Noel Lipipa and Ntopwa FC owner Isaac Jomo Osman.
Kondowe presented his nomination papers on Monday at Chimwankhunda Full Primary School.
The former Flames midfielder said he is aware that campaigning for a parliamentary seat is involving but he is ready for the challenge.
Kondowe said he will continue playing competitive football as he campaigns to enter the august House.
“It is all about dividing my time between football and politics. Football is my career and I am still very fit to continue playing. When I am not on the field of play, I will be out campaigning,” he said.
Kondowe also spoke out in support of Ras Chikomeni Chirwa whose presidential nomination papers were not accepted by the Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) on various grounds.
Some of the grounds were that Chikomeni did not pay the required K2 million for candidacy in the presidential race and that he did not have enough signatures from all districts across the country endorsing his intention to contest.
Kondowe said it was unfortunate that Malawi has certain laws that seem to favour the rich at the expense of the poor.
“Some of us are excited that for the first time in the history of the country, a rastaman has raised his hand to vie for the country’s presidency. But it is unfortunate that he was turned back because he did pay the required sum of money. This is a factor that is motivating some of us to contest for public office and change some of these laws,” he said.
Some of Kondowe’s opponents in Blantyre City South are Lipipa, incumbent legislator Allan Ngumuya, Missi and Malawi Congress Party Campaign Director Moses Kunkuyu.