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