Malawi Congress Party (MCP) members on Monday propelled former president Joyce Banda’s running mate in the 2014 elections, Sosten Gwengwe to be the party’s parliamentary candidate for Lilongwe Msozi North in May by-elections after winning primary elections.
Gwengwe was previously MP for Dedza Central where he won in 2009 on MCP ticket before joining DPP and later PP.
But following the death of Highton Jiya in January, Gwengwe relocated to Lilongwe Mzosi North to contest for the seat which previously was for Godfrey Kamanya who committed suicide following his loss in 2014 elections.
During the primary elections on Monday, six candidates showed up for the contest who included Lucy Masache, Henry Dzoole Mwale, Stanley Chimphonda, Rabson Kathewera, Helix Damson Dzuwa and Gwengwe.
But Lucy Masache was disqualified after discovering that she is not a registered voter and that she never voted in 2014 general elections.
The polls saw Gwengwe amassing 559 votes from people who stood behind him in a snake form.
Gwengwe was trailed by Rabson Kathewera who got only 11 people behind him followed by Mwale and
Dzuwa who only got two people each behind them as voters. While former parliamentarian Stanley Chimphonda got only one person representing one vote.
In an interview, MCP Director of elections, Maxwell Thyolera who was accompanied by the regional director of elections Richard Chimwendo Banda, and five other MPs declared Gwengwe as a winner.
“I am happy that today we have conducted primaries for this constituency and Hon Gwengwe has carried the day,” said Thyolera.
Gwengwe said he was happy and thankful to the people of Msozi North for showing love and trust into him.
“I am greatly humbled, the competition was indeed tough but as you have seen the majority has trusted me,” said Gwengwe.
Soon after the elections people danced in support of Gwengwe.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :