Re-elected Mzuzu City mayor William Mkandawire on Monday blew his own horn saying he was confident of retaining the seat under the banner of People’s Party (PP), saying in the last two and half years he has “played a pivotal role in bringing order at the city council.”
Mkandawire of opposition PP told Nyasa Times in an interview that before he came in there was total disorganization at the Council.
“In the last two and half years, I have been able to push for the offices of Director of Finance, Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) officer and Public Relations Officer (PRO) which were vacant when I came in,” said Mkandawire.
According to Mkandawire, who will be deputized by Alexander Mwakikunga of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), such “humble” achievements are the ones that helped win the confidence of his fellow councilors.
Looking at the next two and half years, Mkandawire said his main focus would be to bring about fiscal discipline at the council, improve the city’s sanitation and above all work towards making sure that all roads within the city are tarmacked.
“The roads we have at present don’t reflect ones that are supposed to found in the city. I will work tooth and nail to make sure that most roads are tarred in the next two and half years I am in office. I want to lead a team that is committed to making sure that Mzuzu becomes the most beautiful city,” he said.
Mkandawire trounced governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) candidate Yona Mkandawire with 13 votes against a paltry 3. The latter said he would “support” the re-elected mayor.
Sources told Nyasa Times that DPP through its campaign director Jappie Mhango doled cash to the 15 councilors so they could vote for its candidate but it was all in vain.