MCP’s Bikoko elected Mayor of Lilongwe: DPP’s Mphepo whinges as Kwame Bandawe loses mayoral status

Malawi Congress Party (MCP)’ councillor for  Chigoneka ward Desmond Bikoko has been elected Mayor of Lilongwe , the capital of Malawi to replace  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) councilor for Kawale 1 Ward Willie Chipondera.

Bikoko after being confirmed as the new Lilongwe Mayor: Hope wins over fear
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Mayor-elect for Lilongwe Bikoko

In a bitterly fought race,  Bikoko defeated  ruling DPP candidate Akwame Bandawe formerly deputy mayor) in full presence of the highly powered delegation of the party led by its party secretary general Francis Mphepo and presidential advisor Hetherwick Ntaba.

Bikoko won with 15 votes against 14.

And DPP’s Mphepo was heard whingeing after the results as he accused Chilinde councillor Kadomtoli for “deliberately” casting a null and void vote despite pocketing money to vote DPP’s candidate  so that MCP candidate win.

DPP splashed cash in vote buying and Mphepo had to monitor who delivered the votes after “eating”.

“Of all the people who eat, its only you who has betrayed us,” Mphepo said in direct reference to Kadomtoli.

“We will deal with you,” warned Mphepo.

But the councillor laughed off, saying “Muli n’chinthu odala (you have issues).”

He further said to DPP secretary general to move away from “fear mongering ” politics.

Shouted the councillor: “The politics of fear cannot go no, stop it.”

He teased Mphepo further: “Tayiphula oDala (we have won fair and square).”

In his acceptance speech, Councillor Bikoko  said he was so “ proud” that Lilongwe has chosen “hope over fear” and development  over division.

Mayor-elect Bikoko said that he was “deeply humbled” by the trust that councillors and MPs had put in him.

Bikoko said his priority will be to change face of Lilongwe City into world class city.

“As you are aware that most people have been complaining of the status of the Lilongwe City, it is my job now to ensure that this city is fully developed as a capital,” said Bikoko.

Bikoko said he will also ensure that Lilongwe is a crime free area.

“Security is Paramount all over so my job will now be to ensure that the city is a crime free zone,” said Bikoko.

Bikoko holds Masters of Business Management from Colorado Technical University and he also posses PhD.

He was the first Councillor to declare that he will not use his allowances for personal gain but to develop his ward.

At one time he donated computers at the school within his ward.

MCP director of elections Maxwell Thyolera said “It’s an extraordinary moment to have Bikoko as Mayor of Lilongwe.”

“The win represents a major boost for MCP in Lilongwe,” he added.

But DPP’s Mphepo said  winning  a mayoral post in the capital was still nowhere near good enough to win a General Election.

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mata pa hamba
mata pa hamba
7 years ago

KKKKKKKK these are rehearsals wake up mukamasankhana nokhanokha expect that wait in 2019 tangonenapo ine MCP woyeeee DR Banda woyeee JZDU Woyeee nanji Razarous

7 years ago

I only like the last sentence of this article.

7 years ago

1. Weddings are held in residential areas everyday. How is that possible? Where are peoples privacy gone to?
2. schools are opened along residential streets where there is no single parking area for cars. where is logic here?
3. anyone can open a carwash anywhere as long as they have buckets and nsanza zochapila. How come people?

7 years ago

Parties aside, Bikoko (Peacock?) is well educated and smart. He is a technocrat and Malawi needs this type of people to move forward. It does not matter where he comes from, as long as he is a Malawian, he belongs.
While congratulating MCP, congratulations to the Councillors for electing a good candidate. DPP must be ashamed for bringing violence to the elections. The same violence was shown during Bingu’s time.

7 years ago

Conglats Desmond……where there is a will, there is away! The sky is the limit…!

Johnson Bauleni
Johnson Bauleni
7 years ago

its not about politics but its about the change that we as Malawians we like to see. We have been looking for this change for so long now it is here lets support our newly elected mayor lets forget about our political parties lets hold our hands together as one to develop our city of Lilongwe.

7 years ago

Politics a side we needed change in LL city mayor ife Ku DPP mwai tinali nawo koma pokhapo chomasankha anthu ogunata ofooka mutipweteketsa nazo.Ife tufuna anthu oti atukule Madera athu

7 years ago

This is the bigging, mumvetsa a DPP this coming election tikakukhalilani pafupi mudzasowe nthawi yobela kuyamba ndi kumeneko.
Chowona chenicheni chauphungu wanu ndiwumbava basi. Tsono chomwe mungadziwe ndi chakuti tatopa ndi khalidwe lanu loyipalo 2019 will come with a strong weapons, which is votes. Palibe zokambirana enough is enough.

7 years ago

There was some one who has intervined dirty politics and mayopic minds of bad people, those who have put this Country in a big mess and shame. Only empty vessals can support them. Congras Dr. Bikoko. First seek Wisdom from God as Solomon did, at the time he was chosen to be the King of Israel. God will give you more than you expected. I wish you good luck and may Almighty God give you wisdom and guide you.

7 years ago

So what happened to that old man? I knew LL had an inactive old man dubbed Mayor, and then I am seeing they have a new mayor and the reporting falls short of my question

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