Former First Lady Patricia Shanil Dzimbili is now legislator-elect after she successfully contested for Balaka West in the May 20 Tripartite Elections as an independent candidate .
Shanil, who earlier joined People’s Party (PP) of former president Joyce Banda stopped being an active member of the party which was favouring Banda’s relation Ronald Chanthunya and she has since been practising her politics on an independent platform.
The former first lady has defeated in the race United Democratic Party (UDF’s) Nazilane Pillane, Johannes Mulonya of PPM, Emphraim Mankhanamba (independent) Bertha Ndebele (independent) and Chanthunya of PP.
The former First Lady divorced from the former President Bakili Muluzi and in 2012 announced that she has joined frontline politics.
Shanil took former president Muluzi to court for not giving her 2 million Malawi kwacha being allowances that accrued to her from the Malawi government for looking after her husband when he was sick in a London hospital.
The former First Lady is known for charity work after establishing Freedom Foundation Trust.
She stays in her home village Mfulanjobvu in Balaka following the divorce while the former president resides at his BCA Hill residence in Blantyre.
Shanil is one of the volunteer guest presenters of Radio Maria, a Catholic Radio .