MCP registers poll casualties, extends foothold to new constituencies

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has  registered some more casualties in the parliamentary race.

Lunguzi: Loses seat

MCP vice president Harry Mkandawire has lost the Mzimba west parliamentary seat to music icon Billy Kaunda.

Kaunda is making a come-back into the 193-strong House.

Outspoken Dedza east legislator  Juliana Lunguzi on Wednesday bid farewell to her constituents having lost the parliamentary seat to her political arch-rival in the MCP Patrick Bwanali.

She posted some pictures of her development initiatives on face book with a caption, “Face Book, keep this for me.”

Malawians, in their comments encouraged her to stand up and shake off the dust, saying there is always life after parliament.

Lunguzi is one of the few lady members of parliament who shook the House with her factual debates.

MCP publicity secretary Maurice Munthali’s dream to get a Rumphi west parliamentary seat has also been shattered.

Writing on his Facebook wall, Munthali congratulated the winner, saying this was what God had arranged for him.

Former deputy minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Cornelious Mwalwanda is back as Karonga Central legislator after defeating seasoned politician Frank Tumpale Mwenifumbo of Alliance for Democracy (Aford) by 4 907 to 4 636 votes.

In Karonga North Constituency, Uchizi Vunda Mkandawire (MCP)  has won the seat.

Accrding to unofficial results from Tuesday’s tripartite elections in the Northern Regiont,  MCP has earned parliamentary seats in Karonga, Nkhata Bay, Chitipa and Mzuzu City.

For the country’s oldest party most serving legislators appeared destined to return to Parliament while the party also extended foothold to new constituencies.

Former MCP lawmakers in Salima, Jessie Kabwila and Felix Jumbe, who joined UTM and DPP, respectively, lost their bids for a return to Parliament.

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