MP Mwaza to run as Councillor, eyes Mzuzu Mayorship

Mzuzu City Constituency MP and former Minister Professor Peter Mwanza will stand as a ward councillor in Mzuzu under the banner of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Mwanza, also former Vice Chancellor of Mzuzu University (Mzuni) said he decided long back that he would only serve one term as MP and retire.

“I know something about development. I built Mzuni from scratch,” said Mwanza who will stand in Msongwe East Ward.

Mwanza:  Wants to be councillor
Mwanza: Wants to be councillor

Speaking at a news conference at his Mimosa Court Hotel in Mzuzu and flanked by DPP Regional governor for the north Kenneth Sanga, Youth Director and former Shadow Councillor Bright Mhone, Mwanza touted his five year as MP as the best.

“I am touched than Mr. Mhone has sacrificed his ambitions for me. Since the dawn of democracy all MPs failed to develop Mzuzu. But under my tutelage I have managed to bring developments to all the 15 wards,” Mwanza said.

But DPP sources said Mwanza is eyeing the Mayorship. He denied in interviews saying his primary objective is to be elected as Councillor.

“Being a Councillor is less strenuous work than being an MP. But if other Councillor sees it fit that I be their Mayor then I let it be. But that is not my aim,” he said.

Former Shadow Councillor Bright Mhone said he was delighted to pave way for Mwanza saying he will continue to work with him as Ward Development Chairperson.

“Nobody coerced me. This voluntary handover,” Mhone said.

Mwanza outline several projects that he thinks will make Mzuzu “a big commercial city and not a place with small grocer shops”

He said he will work with international investors to develop a Park in Mzuzu in the likes of Hyde Park of London or New York City Park of USA.

“I will also twin Mzuzu with some cities in China, Japan or Europe. This has long been neglected and it’s a big chance for Mzuzu,” said Mwanza, who denies leaving DPP for the ruling Peoples Party.

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