Angie Kaliati, husband to Member of Parliament for Mulanje West Patricia Kaliati won the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) primary elections in Mulanje Pasani defeating the incumbent Peter Nowa.
It was shameful and unbelievable to see Nowa amassing only 90 votes from people he had previously given flour in an effort to get their votes. Kaliati triumphed with hundreds of votes.
Kaliati floored other candidates including ex-soldier Beaton Namtapa and the venue turned into jubilation as people chanted for Kaliati while Nowa and the other candidates looked like frozen chickens.
“Kaliati yemweyo kuti wa-wa-wa,” so they sang, “Akafike opanda chitukuko”, they continued now for Nowa.
Kaliati received wild scene of celebrations all the way from the venue to his house at Nkando. It was like the day of the Palm Sunday when the Jews gave Jesus the support putting branches of trees and clothes on the floor for him to pass.
“I am happy that I have won. I started bringing development to this constituency. When people here see me they see development and I promise to bring more. This constituency has been neglected ever since,” said Kaliati.
The first primaries failed to take place after Nowa and his fellow candidates ganged up against Kaliati and the primaries had to be postponed.
Nowa argued that Kaliati does not come from the constituency but the people trashed him and told him off saying they did not mind where Kaliati came from.
“Nowa comes from this constituency and has been MP since 2009 and what has he done? Nothing. We don’t miss him. Kaliati comes from Mulanje West on the boundaries of Mulanje Pasani but he has been bringing development here. Who is better? What we want here is development,” said Agnes Masumbwe after she voted for Kaliati on Monday.