Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Dedza North West serving Member of Parliament Alekeni Wodala Menyani last Friday emerged with a massive win over his five contenders during primary elections held in the area.
Way before voting begun, it became evident that the youthful parliamentarian would triumph with simplicity when nearly every person talked about him.
Came the voting process, the incumbent MP, who is also MCP’s Parliamentary Legal Spokesperson and former deputy chair of Parliamentary Legal Affairs Committee, confirmed his merit when almost every voter wanted to line-up behind him.
In the end, he amassed 300 votes against Josephy Irvin Nthambala’s 20 on second position. Charles Kapitapita, who received nine votes, came third ahead of the area’s former MP, Nelson Tchuthi, who lost miserably by gathering just four votes.
The other two contesters, described by the voters as mere “escorters”, were Costings Kadzongwe and a Mr. S Tchauya who miserably managed to collect two and one votes respectively.
Tchuthi, Nthambala and Tchauya all competed with Menyani again during the party’s primary polls in 2009 where they also tumbled dismally.
Kadzongwe was then torchbearer for the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and just defected to MCP to be floored with a marginal difference of over 13000.
Speaking to Nyasa Times after the win, Menyani said his success was a manifestation of the constituents’ thankfulness for what he has done to the area and the party as a whole.
“The people have spoken and I am excited because my winning these primaries shows people’s appreciation of my being principled and not dumping the party to join either the then DPP or the current People’s Party’s governments,” said the triumphant and excited Menyani who is also a member of the media and communications committee.
The elections were presided over by Honourable C. Jimu and Ching’oma and Benard Liyati who expressed satisfaction with the manner in which they were conducted before declaring them free and fair.