Approximately two years in mayoral office, the youthful Blantyre city mayor Noel Chalamanda and former hip hop artist, Lilongwe city deputy mayor Akwame Bandawe simply known as Kwame have lost their positions in the recently held mayoral elections.
The elections which took place in all the three cities on Friday and Monday saw Noel Chalamanda losing to his former deputy Wild Ndipo whilst Kwame lost to Desmond Bikoko in a closely contested race.
Bikoko narrowly beat Akwame Bandawe by 15 to 14 votes as opposed to Ndipo who beat Chalamanda on a 17 to 2 margin.
As usual, social media was awash with reactions from Kwame’s fellow rappers.
“Hard luck my brother Osei Kwame but you and I know the journey has only just begun. You’ve given Malawian hip hop a worthy face. I support you as you continue to do so my brother. I know where you come from, where you are and where you’re going. Let’s change Malawi for the better a day at a time,” rapper Third Eye posted on Facebook.
Reacting to the defeat, Kwame wrote on his Facebook page: “Glory to God… Everything happens for a reason. #stillnoshaken”
In the early 2000s, Kwame’s “Kwame wafika” was one of the first videos to be played on Channel O.
In a related development, the youthful lawyer Noel Chalamanda who has also been described as a socialite, received an overwhelming farewell on social media.
DJ Nathan Tunes posted a picture on Facebook with a caption, “Bring back our Mayor Noel Chalamanda. #myblantyre”
On the other hand, rapper/producer Dizzo had a rather bitter reaction to the news, blaming Malawians for having retrogressive minds.
“After all that Chalamanda has done for Bt’s, he only got two votes…favouring his former deputy to be the new mayor of Blantyre. For me, this just goes to show how much Malawi hates progress…on the real…unless Chalamanda didnt want it….Ndale kutipweteka aMalawi!!!!!” Dizzo posted on Facebook.
However, the former mayor congratulated the new Blantyre city mayor Ndipo, pledging total support and cooperation.
Chalamanda wrote: “Thanks so much Blantyre for the opportunity to serve as your mayor. I now pass the baton to Cllr WILD NDIPO, our new mayor! 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 ! Thank you all”Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :