Blantyre goes wild, mayoral polls shock residents as Chalamanda loses to Ndipo

Residents in Blantyre have taken up on social media to express shock at the loss of mayor Noel Chalamanda in the mayoral elections.

Two votes not enough for Chalamanda (right) as he congratulates new Mayor Ndipo

Ndipo: New mayor of Blantyre

Lawyer Chalamanda has lost to his former deputy ruling Wilald Ndipo.

Some residents have expressed shock, saying Chalamanda deserved another term because he is a hard worker, very creative and completely changed the face of Blantyre.

“Politics has prevailed over development,” reads one post. ”

This is a sad day for Blantyre,” reads another by Don Dada.

“I will have to move from Blantyre and stay in Lilongwe,” says another post.

Ndipo polled 17 votes followed by Alinane George Chipwete 8 votes , Louis Ngalande 3 and Chalamanda came last with only two votes.

Ndipo is a member for the ruling Democratic Progressive party (DPP).

Tension and violence nearly broke up when supporters for Ngalande and other candidates almost fought one another until police and authorities intervened.

On deputy mayor James Makwinya tied with Getrude Chirambo in first round of polling but in rerun Makwinja won  by 16 votes to 14.

Chalamanda has accepted defeat in a diplomatic and professional manner, congratulating his successor while pledging his total support.

“Thanks so much Blantyre for the opportunity to serve as your mayor. I now pass the baton to councilor Wild Ndipo, our new mayor,” wrote Chalamanda on his Facebook page.

“Congratulations your worship! I pledge my total support and cooperation. I wish you well! I wish you success. To all that supported me encouraged me, spoke well of me and wished me well, I pour my profound gratitude to you. This is how democracy works. The people have spoken.”

Chalamanda has been hailed for restoring the city’s beauty and sanitation status. He is private practicing lawyer and independent councilor for Blantyre City Centre Ward.

Voting was done by councilors and eight Members of Parliament who are Council Members.


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Matthews Muharapa
I entirely agree with Mcleod. Guys lets agree ife a DPP we have tolerated nonsense and stupidity in this country for sometime. Kids withembryos still attached to the umbilical cords of their mothers castigating our Professor of a President for nothing. Ana a std 1 kumatukwana Professor wa Law? Akuluakulu tili serious. Tiwana tama Bachelors Degree a Law apa Chancellor College- University yomwe ili number 290 pansi, kumatumbwa kunyoza Professor? Ma Lecturer aku Chanco, opanda nzeru kumangopanga comment pa zinthu zopusa. By the way ma Degree a University of Malawi akuwakana even ku South Africa. Ndiye Trivia Lectures from this… Read more »

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Chitsiru change munthu galu iwe


kkkkkkk mmmmh time is up just pack your things and leave the state house you have failed Malawians. Just accept and give chance to others eeeeish


Malawi should change let people vote not fellow councillors, after voting the mayor should be given two and half terms and then if he is not delivering the elections should be done by the city residents to recall the incumbent and elect another one and not councillors.
This current system is a show down of parties and its development that suffers.

Wanga ndi yemweyo

Mr New Mayor, you have a mammoth task. Life becomes easy if you replace a failure, but stepping into the shoes of a star performer like Noel is a simple way of creating discomfort for yourself. Mulimba? Mukwanitsa zomwe amachita mnzanuyu? For the first time in my life, I am glad that I don’t live in Blantyre though I come from around there. Have a good rest Mr Chalamanda after doing a good job. At least you have set the standard.


DPPSodzakonzeka ndipo ndi = Gonthi,nkhitukumve,Noel celebrate for your loss .God has saved rrom blood thirst lion.Amen


The people in the south are bedfellows with mediocrity. they voted for a mediocre for president. See he is sleeping on the presidency. They have voted for another mediocre for Mayor


I am not sure how the local assemblies are governed as I get that MPs are voting at Local level. We cannot have one person voting at two levels of govt. Local Councils belong to councillors and MPs must not be voting members. If this is the case really, we must go back to the drawing board for local councils and national house.


Heeeeeeee izi nde za matuvi


Malawi suzatheka iwe ..!!!


Blantyre people why doing this to Noel Chalamanda? Sorry Noel , you are now second from Hillary Clinton. Russians are everywhere !

john phiri

kkkkkk. Koma putin ameneyu


Kikikikikikiki, secon Dr like Hillary?


Kikikikikikiki like Hillary?

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