The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on Friday went to primaries at Enukweni in Mzimba North and endorsed Fumu Mudolo as their 2014 candidate and counsellor for Kasito West ward.
The primaries went ahead despite his only competitor the surgeon Wilfred Chapita Nyirenda withdrew from the race at last minute.
The decision by Nyirenda to bow-out of the race shocked many present at the indaba because it defeated the party’s values of choosing leaders democratically.
“We are very shocked at his last minute retreat, this will compromise our party’s democratic values because we want people to compete but any way he knew he could not win, hence he failed to turn up”, district governor for Mzimba North Kondwani Lusale who conducted the elections told the gathering.
But in an interview on Sunday, Nyirenda dismissed claims of fearing Mudolo saying he was attacked by High Blood Pressure (BP) hence withdrew from the race.
Said Nyirenda who is DPP vice district treasure: “ It’s not that I fear him as other people put it, but am old and suffering from BP, so I thought Mudolo was young, energetic and good enough to be the watch dog for the developments the council would erect at Katope, Luzi and other areas.”
Speaking at the function, DPP regional secretary for the North, Agnes NyaTchongwe Sibande who was guest of honour thanked people of Mzimba north for the peaceful primaries saying Fumu was the right person to help member of parliament for the area Dr. Goodall Gondwe in fostering developments .
Mudolo thanked people of the area for having a trust in him.
Paul Scoville of United States of America who runs A BareFootmile Foundation in the area pledged to support the 39-year-old Mudolo in terms of planning developments.
At Walira and Kampingo wards Steve Jere and Brave Chirwa succeeded.