Mzuzu mayor graciously accepts defeat in MCP primaries: Tycoon Mwamlima, Harry Mkandawire win

In the ongoing Malawi Congress Party (MCP) primary elections,  Mzuzu Mayor Wiliam Mkandawire has  become the latest to fall  but he graciously conceded defeat to the city’s tycoon  Bennex Mwamlima.

Harry Mkandawire sailed through in MCP primaries

Mwamlima polled 805 votes while the Mayor had 352 votes. Other contestants Alfred Mwenefumbo and Chilimunthowa Mlotha had four votes and a vote respectively.

But unlike in other areas where  MCP old guards continue to dispute their fall, the Mzuzu Mayor  said his defeat to Mwamlima  was the essence of democracy despite some irregularities.

“The winner has not done it for us; the victory is ours,” he said, pledging his support to Mwamlima.

Elsewhere Mzimba West parliamentarian and Mzuzu-based business magnate, Harry Mkandawire,  won the primaries  when he got 494 votes against  Joy Shonga’s  63 and will represent MCP in next year’s elections.

Mkandawire was elected on former ruling People’s Party (PP) ticket during the previous elections but dumped the party to join MCP.

He was elected MCP second vice president at the convention.

MCP’s new-catch Catherine Gotani Hara, a former Cabinet minister carried the day in Mzimba North East, where she will likely to face the incumbent Olipa Muyaba, who joined UTM. Hara was once a member of Parliament for the area, before Muyaba took over.

In Karonga Northwest, Chitonya Mwanyongo is the winner, according to MCP spokesperson Reverend Maurice Munthali while Deus Gumba Banda, one of the presiding officers said Olipa Chimangeni is the winner in Ntchisi North East.

Mzuzu-based political analyst Emily Mkamanga said Malawians want change of leadership and MCP primaries can signal that.

“The wind of change has started in MCP and likely to move to other political parties as well and finally at national level. In MCP primaries, some of the old guards have failed to make it through. The mood is to try other people with the expectations that they might bring development and improve people’s lives,” she pointed out.

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mediaz

Bravo mcp

Lilian Kaunda
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Lilian Kaunda

Harry Nkandawire winning. Tsoka ndi Nyanja chifukwa woyipayo watsikira kumeneko

UTM
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UTM

I think this kind of voting is archaic. 54 years of indipendence still we using lappers on face for people to exercise their votes. Kamuzian period is over be decolonised please.

Marx
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Marx

That’s a sign of maturity bwana mayor. I salute you

Justice
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Justice

That’s the spirit. Others please take this as your example. Accepting defeat is being a man (and woman of course 😄) enough and you are more respected as well. Kudos mayor

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