The opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) continued with its parliamentary primary elections during the week which saw vice Public Relations Officer Ezekiel Ching’oma winning with all votes in Lilongwe East and veteran parliamentarian Watson Makala Ngozo making it into the final race.
There was laughter and jubilation in Lilongwe east when two candidates, former MP for the area Elliot Mwale and Mzati Thunde withdraw during the voting after noticing that nobody is standing behind them while Chiyenda Abaleatha was surprised to get no vote, leaving youthful Ching’oma with all the 400 votes from the delegates.
In Lilongwe Mpenu, Makala Ngozo won the elections with 402 votes beating former banker Eisenhower Mkaka who got 12 and Kaliyopa Banda who only had the support of five delegates.
In an interview, Ching’oma said the primary elections were just a fulfilment to the party’s requirement.
“Infact, people from this constituency already told the party that they didn’t want the elections but we said no, let’s give chance to those who want to stand and true to their words, they have given me 100 percent of the votes,” said Ching’oma, who is also sitting MP for the area.
On his part Makala Ngozo said he was happy to be endorsed by the party members to seek a fresh mandate after being named as the best member who has contributed to a lot developments in the country.
A South African based social research network said Ngozo is most loved by his constituency and the general public.
Khama Chiwere head of research and public relations officer said Ngozo is the MP who gave pressure to government for the introduction of universal distribution of ARVs in the country which has resulted to the free distribution of ARVs in all public hospitals in the country.
Makala Ngozo has also been on a forefront condemning abuse of public funds since he became Member of Parliament.
He has been a Member of Parliament since 1999.