2019 administrative elections. In recent weeks, Albania News has given ample space to the strong presence of Albanian-born candidates for the now imminent municipalities and the presence of Gerarta Dance in the Southern Circumscription to the Europeans.
Today we present you Aleksander Muzhani, candidate a Bastia Umbra (Perugia) with the list Together for Bastia in support of the candidate for mayor Catia degli Esposti.
Interview with Aleksander Muzhani
Aleksander (Lek) Muzhani, I was born in Tirana the 4 July 1966. I graduated from the University of Tirana - Earth Sciences Department, in the year 1990.
In Albania I worked as a Mining Engineer at Minera - Valias until my departure for Italy in February of the 1992, while in Italy I am employed by a local engineering company.
I live in Bastia Umbra in the province of Perugia from 26 years. I am married to and father of three wonderful children.
I applied for the 26 May Municipal Elections with the Civic List "Together for Bastia" which supports the Candidate Mayor Catia degli Esposti, an expression of professionalism, competence and courage. The coalition is composed of two civic lists, "Insieme per Bastia" and "Catia degli Esposti Sindaco" and the list of the League.
1. What is your proposal in the list program
I collaborated and shared all the points of the coalition program, which was drafted without losing sight of fundamental principles such as social cohesion, due respect for all, collaboration, sharing, transparency and recognition of those stable values. that make a community grow.
I am particularly concerned about SOCIAL and precisely the creation of a listening point for vulnerable and struggling people.
2. If you win, what do you think you propose to be innovative for all citizens?
The novelty is in offering another point of view on the issues that are close to my heart considering my particular sensitivity towards themes such as hospitality and legality. This is also read in my electoral slogan: "Equality and Dignity, in Legality"
3. Why do you think they will have to vote for you?
I started to build my life starting from nothing material even though I had a wealth of values that I have never lost over the years. They will have to vote for me because my path shows that with commitment, work, mutual respect, and never losing sight of identity, a better life can be built for everyone.
4. Being in possession of a dual citizenship, belonging to multiple cultures and speaking multiple languages is a point of advantage or disadvantage for you and why?
I feel fortunate to have two citizenships because thinking, dreaming and getting excited in two languages can only be an added value to a person's existence.
5. You are of Albanian origin. What is Albania for you?
Albania: my ROOTS ... my PATRIA where I was born and raised, where I learned my language, where I got excited, I cried and I laughed, where I met the love of my family and my friends. And where I DREAMED a better life. Dream that I then realized in ITALY, in my second home ... and here BASTIA did its part.
6. What does it mean to have a foreign name in your everyday life?
In everyday life my name is "Italian enough" to feel no difference, while for the surname MUZHANI, which I carry with so much pride, the commitment is only in specifying that there is an extra "H".
7. Are you Italian enough for those who will vote for you?
I have my own idea of "being Italian"; in my opinion this concept travels on two levels; the bureaucratic (being Italian - having citizenship) and that of the heart (feeling Italian - loving ITALY)
I am Italian because I have Italian citizenship and I feel Italian because I love Italy.
And I'm also Bastiolo of adoption because in Bastia I live at 26 years, I created my family and I raised my children and in the same way I feel like a bastion because I love Bastia.
Bastia has given me so much and now I feel like the time has come to commit and dedicate my time to giving back the good I received and which I would like to multiply in giving it back.
8. What does it mean to be integrated in your opinion and what are the proposals to be made to improve immigration policies?
Integration is a set of social and cultural processes that make the person part of a community and make it feel part of it.
But it takes mutual respect, knowledge and so much common sense for all this to happen.
It takes love, respect for the place where you live and for the people around you.
I think that when we talk about immigration policies we move to a different level than the territory.
I am convinced that we are experiencing a historic moment and one of the hot topics is precisely that of the migration of peoples. The world belongs to everyone and each of us has the right to choose where to live but all this cannot be done in total chaos and never ever will immigrants have to be used by unscrupulous and for-profit people. For years, this real and very delicate problem has been exploited and treated only ideologically.
We need concrete policy responses at the highest levels and in this Europe we must wake up.
The immigration problem is not of a single state and certainly should not be solved with the efforts of a single people. But here we can talk about it for days and days ...
9. How many Albanians are there in your constituency?
The Italian citizens of Albanian origin are about 170, while the regular Albanian citizens are about 540, the 24% of foreigners.
10. Don't you think they only chose you to draw on the votes of your community?
I do not think so. I escaped from Albania in the 1992 to be a free man, let alone if I become a slave to someone at this age.
I think with my head!
The decision to apply for the position of Municipal Councilor has matured within me, has been shared with my family and is the result of a profound and conscious reflection. I am a passionate "silent" politician and follow the events both in Italy and in Albania.
11. What do you have to say to the other candidates of Albanian origin who compete in other lists?
I wish you all good work! May they be bearers of new and beautiful ideas for the places where they live and that engage themselves in the political life of their territories even if they are not elected. Good luck!
12. Do you want to add something or say more that you think is important?
Yes! I would like to make a reference to the Albanian Government to make it more committed to the diaspora in the world.
We are many and we love Albania.
I would also like to thank Albania News for this interview and for all that you are doing to preserve the love for the homeland and for our community.
Thank you very much and "penda top".