MCP declares MP Lunguzi winner of primaries: Expert cautions party to tread carefully

Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP)has declared  Dedza East member of Parliament (MP) Juliana Lunguzi as winner of the primary elections and will represent the party in the parliamentary race in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections.

Juliana Lunguzi: Wins MCP ticket

After a close contest at Mankhama Primary School on Sunday, presiding officer Peter Chalera declared Patrick Bandawe winner with 821 votes against Lunguzi’s 815.

But MCP main elections committee meeting on Monday analysed the elections and declared Lunguzi the winner, party spokesman Reverend Maurice Munthali has said.

Munthali said on Monday that the committee analysed that Lunguzi had three long queues behind her against Bandawe’s two.

“Lunguzi has been declared winner of the primaries and has the MCP ticket,” said Munthali.

“We have established that a candidate in that race, having received votes that were insufficient for a victory, is alleged to have yielded the votes his supporters cast for him to another candidate, which is not only irregular, but is unethical and a serious breach of party conduct.

“The Directorate of Elections therefore recommended that that candidate be disqualified and his votes discounted together with the figures of the declared winner who was a primary beneficiary of the violation,” said Munthali.

Munthali said the  resolution reflects MCP’s belief in and committment to  rule of law  which is the fourth pillar of  Chakwera’s t agenda that he has prepared to roll out when he becomes Head of State in May, 2019.

“It also demonstrates our commitment to  uniting Malawi, the fifth pillar of that agenda, ensuring that women like Hon. Lunguzi, who has been a stellar performer in Parliament, have an equal stake in the development agenda of Malawi,” he added.

Other candidates who contested were Mussa M’bwana, Steven Biswick and David Kupempha.

Governance expert and commentator Makhumbo Munthali has since cautioned MCP   to tread careful in handling contentious results as it continues to conduct primary elections across the country.

“MCP should tread with caution with how they are handling these primary elections lest they give their detractors in DPP and UTM to take advantage of any anomalies characterising the process,” Munthali told Nyasa Times in reaction to MCP’s verdict on Dedza East.

He said it is important that MCP adhere to principles of a fair, transparent and credible election, and those administering these elections must be seen to be impartial in the eyes of all aspirants.

“If MCP feels it may not have the capacity to administer these elections they can always outsource from independent bodies to just ensure that their elections are free and fair. Otherwise, the manner they handle these primary elections especially in constituencies where there are perceived party heavy weights has the potential to build or destroy the party in readiness of 2019 elections

“At the end of the day, it may be their fierce rivals in DPP and UTM who will benefit from this,” he said.

Primary elections in MCP have been marred by violence and complaints of irregularities in many constituencies, prompting some losing candidates to allege that the party has preferred candidates.

At the onset of the primaries in August, about 23 aspirants took the party to court alleging that it was being undemocratic and unconstitutional in handling primary elections.

In October some concerned sitting MPs told the media that something was amiss in the way the primaries were conducted; hence, bringing divisions and confusions in the party.

Last week, MCP also suspended primary elections in Jesse Kabwila’s Salima North West Constituency.

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Agenda Setting Theory
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Agenda Setting Theory

That is the problem when people are media illiterate, especially in the days of fake news. We believe and react with great conviction to whatever the so called journalist write.

CHIMBANO
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CHIMBANO

Please i urge MCP NEC to reconstitute the election officers dont give any more mandate to conduct primaries. How could they allow someone to withdrawal last minute and all the supporters of the withdrawer all over sudden move to the other line to propel the other candidate. This was not supposed to be tolerated by the presiding officers in actual fact both of them were supposed to be disqaulified. These presiding officers are very corrupt and do not trust them any more.

Nyembezi Tonse
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Dear Juliana Lunguzi,
Choyamba ndipeleka moni. Nanga muli bwanji? Ngati muli bwino, inenso ndiri bwino. Juliana, ndimati ndikuuze kuti, ngati andale akukuvutitsa, ine ndiwokonzeka kukusamalira. Udakali ka Yuthi ndipo sindikufuna kuti udwale High Blood Pressure chifukwa cha ndale zopanda pake. Undiyankhe ngati wakonzeka kuti tikhale limodzi iwe ndi ine, Love to Love and Kiss to Kiss.
Ndatha ine wako
Nyembezi

Dulli
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Dulli

In 1964, MCP shifted the goal post from a bubbling multiparty democracy to a monolithic and torturous 30 years. In 2018, 54 years down the road, they are still shifting goal posts. This party of death and darkness can never be trusted.

Poor Man Feel It
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Poor Man Feel It

just keep quite. Can you tell me in which country southern Africa or in Africa where there was multiparty democracy? It was time and now times have changed. Don’t live in the past

Mtima uwawa
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Mtima uwawa

OK MCP zaboma zoti muza lamulilaso muyiware

Nalingula
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Nalingula

A Mwananyanian what is so Complex about running Malawi Govt ? Stealing Our Taxes? Getting kick backs from Corrupt Indians? Sleeping on the Job until 4 yrs then realising that your time is UP ? Anthu mumatokakamula zinthu that’s why we are a laughing Stock as a country, we don’t even know where we are going? Kulima timiseu takabwere mawa basi mkumati running govt is Complex?

Mwananyanian
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Mwananyanian

This confirms the generally held belief by the public, and political observers, that the house of oChakwera, MCP, is indeed in trouble. How can he be entrusted with running a complex government enterprise when primaries are puzzling him like this? Much easier to run a Church, and that is for sure.
Mayo, mayo, mayo.

LEGO
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TO you NYASATIMES please try to have the first hand information and if you are not sure of the information you must find out first.Report like this,unconfirmed results shows Bandawe has won the primaries elections from if anything changes we will not argue with you.

Grace Mwenda
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Grace Mwenda

Chabwino china chilichonse anthu amalimbirana, that shows how sweet MCP is. Unopposed candidature means the party is unpopular in that area.

mabe
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mabe

MCP sizatheka. What is this?

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