Members of Parliament and Ward Councillors from Lilongwe City have elected ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) councillor Willie Chipondera as the new Mayor of the capital.
Chipondera, who is councillor for Kawale ward, floored Dr Desmond Bikoko of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) with 16 votes to 14.
Youthful Kwame Bandawe, 28, was elected deputy mayor of Lilongwe.
Kwame, an independent councilor who scooped 16 votes against William ngulube’s seven and Adamson Lipenga who amassed six votes.
The elections were being held at the Lilongwe Civic Centre.
Blantyre City councillors will also elect their chairperson and his or her deputy, who will in turn become mayor and deputy mayor of the city on Wednesday at the Civic Centre offices starting from 09.00am
Four councilors, consisting of two each from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the independents’ block have confirmed maneuvering for the position of mayor.
The four are Getrude Chirambo and Noel Chalamanda (independents) and Alinane George Chipwete and Louis Ngalande from DPP.