Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has trusted two former members of Peoples’ Party (PP), to carry its flag in the October 17, 2017 by-elections in Nsanje Lalanje and Lilongwe Msozi North constituencies, it has been confirmed.
They are Lawrence Sitolo and Sosten Gwengwe, and have already been unveiled to the nation, with MCP deputy publicity secretary Ezekier Chingoma saying the party is just following the wish of the people, and further said with its rebuilding strategies on course, MCP has all it takes to sweep all the seats to be contested for on October 17, 2017.
While in PP, Sitolo came second to Sam Ganda who stood as an independent while Gwengwe stood in Dedza Central constituency as well as a running mate for the former Malawi and PP leader Joyce Banda. He has however relocated to Lilongwe Msozi North.
“The party followers in those areas have spoken and we are just waiting for the polling day when they will speak through the MEC ballot paper. Since democracy entails us to respect the people’s wish, we shall support the candidates so that they sail through accordingly, after all people are tired of the suffering under the current regime,” said Ching’oma.
MCP central region director of elections, Richard Chimwendo Banda confirmed in a separate interview that Gwengwe remains Lilongwe Msozi North candidate as voiced by the people in May while Lilongwe City South East, Ulemu Msungama was endorsed way back and is ready to prove that the parliamentary seat belongs to him.
Nsanje Lalanje parliamentary seat fell vacant after the death of Sam Ganda in May whereas Lilongwe Msozi North after the demise of Highton Jiya in January, but Lilongwe City South East by-elections are after acourt ruling for a rerun following disputed 2014 electoral results on allegation that there were some irregularities.
The Malawi Electoral Commission has said it will also conduct by-elections for councilors in Mayani North Ward in Dedza North Constituency, Mtsiliza Ward in Lilongwe City East Constituency and Ndirande Makata Ward in Blantyre Malabada Constituency.
In an interview, Sitolo, who in 2014 got threats from unknown telling him to save his life by not standing, said he is what it takes to be an MP for the Nsanje Lalanje and that he is confident that under MCP, he shall win and serve the nation better.
He was speaking at Ngabu on Saturday after been unveiled to the mammoth gathering that came to attend to the meeting MCP president Dr. Lazarus Chakwera organized.
And in a phone interview, Ulemu Msungama said he is just waiting for the campaign period to be officially opened so that he sale his manifesto which is in line with the MCP ideologies of making Malawi a real independent nation.
“MCP and its candidates are the people that Malawians will enjoy been served by when voted in power and Malawi shall indeed be a country of milk and honey,” he said.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :