Lunguzi blames greedy MCP official Chidzanja for messy primary polls

Charismatic Dedza east legislator Juliana Lunguzi has blamed a greedy Malawi Congress Party (MCP) regional official for the messy party primaries in her area, saying he has been demanding money if she was to win the polls.

Juliana Lunguzi: MCP female legislator from Dedza

The MCP primary elections in Dedza east were put on hold last week after her Lunguzi’s rival brought in 4000 electoral colleges against 1900 in a bid to rig the elections.

In a clip, Lunguzi said she had been warned before that the regional chairman Augustin Chidzanja had been telling people she would not win the primary election because she has never palm oiled him.

“I was warned that the party wanted to finish me off. I am told thugs were even organized to beat me up but MCP is a peaceful party, this was the work of an individual Mr Augustine Chidzanja who is very greedy and wants us to give him money,” he said.

Chidzanja could not be reached for comment.

The official who was reposnible to conduct the polls, Richard Chimwendo Banda said the elections were suspended because the environment was not conducive because of the tension.

“The venue is to be blamed as the place is not good, everyone wants to vote. After calling about 40 areas out of the 210 areas, people lost patience and just wanted to go straight into the ground and start voting,” said Chimwendo Banda.

“According to our rules and regulations of the elections, we are supposed only to invite designated areas and designated delegates to vote. So looking at the situation and to avoid violence and also to make sure that the elections are credible and free and fair, we will not proceed with the elections.

“We have to ask the region to choose a very good venue which is going to be in a closed area and allow delegates only to vote,” Banda said.

Five candidates were competing for the position and these are Juliana Lunguzi, Mussa Mbwana, Davie Kupempha, Steven Biziwiki and Patrick Bandawe.

The MCP has held messy and chaotic primary elections mostly in the centre and some parts in the north.

At least three constituencies in Mchinji have had their primary elections annulled and put on hold because of political violence and disagreements.

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Samuel
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Samuel

MCP banja ya Lunguzi idakulakwirani chani? Mutayeni but God will make her way back to parliament. Yes at times I do not agree with most of her decisions but she was doing that for her love towards MCP Leadership. For God’s sake, MCP please do not take people for granted.

chipatso mbewe
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chipatso mbewe

Please MCP support Juliana, she is hard working, we are behind this party

Gertrude
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Gertrude

I have always maintained that Chakwera is a very weak leader, thus all this mess with the primaries in MCP aliyense akupamga zomwre akufuna? It’s so disorganized !

Nalingula
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Nalingula

A Kalulu wadwala don’t twist the Story here.You can’t have a whole constituency Voting in a Primary- only delegates. If you have noted your UTM is mostly holding meetings on Saturdays.The only strong challenger for Chilima in UTM could have been Usi .Koma simufuna kuti adzibwera pa forefront .Mkuona mumatopanga ma Meeting anu Saturday iye ali kopemphera.Ndiyemwenso tikanamukhulupirirako kuti atha kubweresa Transformation.

Keen Observer
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Keen Observer

Kkkkkkkkk and you too Sir, you’re also twisting the story. Is UTM anywhere in this story? The issue here is about Lungudzi not UTM. As of Michael Usi don’t worry, he is conducting his rallies on the ground to drum up support from the grassroots. The issue of positions don’t stress about that all in good time.

Kholowa
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Kholowa

Dont you think you are on a wrong page sir? This is MCP not UTM.

Nduna
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Nduna

Please bwana Chakwera this is a serious issue to sort out. District and regional charlersons are growing wings out there to infringe the rights of others! Sort this one out and once for all! MCP is the only party people want in power and this the big test you need to win. This is the only party with members while others have followers hence this open advice….

oMachemba
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oMachemba

Simply put, people have no faith (no pun intended) in oChakwera to solve political problems like these. Forget it.

Mlosi
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Mlosi

Mr Chidzanja u were not elected to have kickbacks when someone wants to be elected shadow MP of any area. Let the people have their choice freely without ur hand otherwise its u that needs to go. U can even join the party connected with thieves I hope you know it. Mai Lunguzi don’t give up to this empty headed man, people wants u to continue representing them.

MAWA2
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MAWA2

nkhani yake ndi yomweyi kapena ina

Kalulu Wadwala
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Kalulu Wadwala

Infact Juliana was supposed to be president of MCP not Mr proud and his asalaam aleko
Dedza it’s time for us to talk. This is our daughter. Dedza dedza let’s show Mr proud politics. Dedza let’s show him that imposed candidates should work in his house . Juliana join UTM if these bafoons continue with their violence.

zoona Izi
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zoona Izi

Malawi is short of Leaders. APM, Chilima, Chakwera, Muluzi and Joyce Banda are not leaders. They are Managers but not leaders. We are in deep trouble and the future of children is not assured. Kamuzu and Bingu were Leaders. Muluzi Senior was fit to be a traditional leader not a leader of a country. We should start looking for leaders now

Kalulu Wadwala
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Kalulu Wadwala

True

mmc
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mmc

Mau mau

MAWA2
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MAWA2

thats true, malawi needs leaders to develop not politicians.

Ndendeuli
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Ndendeuli

If Juliana goes so does my vote!

Kanganiwamba
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Kanganiwamba

Shame on Chidzanja. MCP can’t afford to lose Juliana. She is one of the rare bleed complementing Lazarus so well

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