A full council meeting of members of Mchinji District Council on Thursday elected Edison Josiah as chairperson and Haile Tsirizani as vice-chairperson of the council.
Josiah, a councillor for Msitu Ward, defeated Kalumbe Ward Councillor Stanley Banda by 11 votes to three while Tsirizani who is councillor for Luwerezi Ward won unopposed.
In his acceptance speech, Josiah said he has plans to work with fellow councillors to ensure projects which have stalled in the council are completed.
“There are projects such as the stadium, street lights and rehabilitation of some structures in the district which need implementation and completion. I will ensure the projects are completed,” Josiah said.
He also called for transparency from the council secretariat to ensure the district is developed befitting a border district.
Josiah also pledged unity with the council secretariat and parliamentarians in the district.
Mchinji District commissioner Richard Hara pledged support to the newly elected council chairpersons.
“As a secretariat we will support you in implementing plans and development projects for the district,” Hara said.
Josiah and Tsirizani replace former chair and vice chairperson Kennedy Chipanga and Nathan Dhlamini whose tenure ended this year.
Mchinji has 12 wards and six constituencies.