Blantyre Mayoral polls: Chalamanda favourite of ‘cityzens’, DPP’s Ngalande eye post

The tension for Blantyre City Mayor’s elections on Monday is heating up with current Mayor, Noel Chalamanda facing opposition from his deputy Wild Ndipo and three other councillors.

Ngalande (right) with dignified Mayor for Blantyre City while Chirambo is a councillor

The elections are set for Monday 9th January, 2017 at the civic offices.

So far Chalamanda is facing challenge from Councillors Alinane George Chipwete, Louis Ngalande who is the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Youth Director as well as Ndipo.

However, the prominent private practice lawyer is leading the race with full backing from councillors and ‘cityzens’ and some of the city’s Parliamentarians considering his development initiatives currently taking shape in the city.

Chalamanda, 41 has been hailed for restoring the city’s beauty and sanitation status is facing competition from his deputy Ndipo and Ngalande who have intensified their campaign to win favours of councillors and eight Members of Parliament who are Council Members.

Newspaper columnist Ephraim Munthali is on record to have drawn parallels of Mayor Chalamdanda with Michael Bloomberg—the billionaire business mogul and philanthropist—who became mayor of New York City and run it for 12 years until December 2013.

He wrote that  Bloomberg’s policy positions has always been a centrist politician with moderate views—an independent throughout his life.

On the other hand, Chalamanda has never been affiliated to any political party and is an ‘independent’ Mayor right from the beginning.

Chalamanda inherited one of the dirtiest cities in the world and came into the ‘city hall’ at a time the so-called commercial city had very little commerce to write home about and its finances were in tatters.

But he has made considerable progress to bring Blantyre to its former glory and be much attractive place to live in.

Chalamanda, an independent councilor for Blantyre City Centre Ward, was elected as Mayor for Blantyre city on July 9, 2014 in an election that was partly disrupted by DPP supporters who opposed his nomination.

The blue supporters and police engaged in a running battle as they demanded their leader Ngalande’s name be included on the list of the candidates vying for the position of mayor.

Ngalande, councilor Misesa Ward in Blantyre, was first candidate to mount a challenge against Chalamanda for the mayorship title.

 He could not hide or dismiss his interest, saying “It’s not a matter of vying for the mayor position but a matter of interest.”

DPP is putting its full weight on Ngalande.

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Ndikunenetsa
Guest

Seriously, anthu mwavotera NDIPO kusiya Chalamanda? Am so very
dissappointed

Tpash
Guest

Tsano Chalamanda achokenso ayi ayi ayi ife zigawenga nkhope ngati opha anthu ayi iyyaaaaaaa ANoel omwewo

Dzimwale wamkulu
Guest

Good luck Cllr Noel Chalamanda the true Blantyre choice; we are not doing any politics here but development and what is good for our country and City. Vote for Chalamanda and let him continue the work he is doing to transform the Blantyre city

PATRIOT
Guest

Am a resident of Lilongwe city but to the truth envy is evil.Noel ndi deal at least his works speak volume about his capabilities.I dare say he will retain his seat. Sometimes politics is useless

jayson chiwalo
Guest

i like noel by his name the means a lot even the characters it also portray.
When Herod heard the news that a new king has born he was deeply confused noel ,Noel

pimpo
Guest

Am a DPP Fun but Chalamanda has done a commendable job in our city.To those who will be voting please vote for Chalamanda

Gaints
Guest

Chalamanda for blantyre city mayor.

BobbyJ
Guest

If Chalamanda loose, I am leaving town tomorrow, relocating and denouncing my citizenship. Would rather be called a foreigner to this nation!!!!!!!

wyson Wathanga
Guest

Tikamava zoti anthu akupikisana ndi Chalamanda zimangondimvesa chisoni.Noel Chalamanda ndi akatundu amene asintha maonekedwe a mzinda wa Blantyre.Chalamanda deserves another term.enanu mungofuna kuzilemeretsa basi .You have nothing to offer.Akuba inu iyaaaaa NOEL NOEL NOEL NOEL

Dzimwale wamkulu
Guest

NOEL YEMWEYO BASI!!!

Kabongo
Guest

kodi ndi chifukwa chani anthu a dpp nkhope zawo ndi zoopsa ngati afiti, kuyambira Peter Mutharika, Goodall Gondwe, George Chaponda, apa ndi uyu oopsa ngatinsing’anga Ngalande?

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