Malawi’s governing People’s Party (PP) Provincial Chairman for the Centre, Kizito Ngwembe, on Wednesday sailed through unopposed for the post in provincial (regional) held to choose the party’s new leadership held at Natural Resources College in Lilongwe.
Ngwembe is a former lawmaker of Malawi Congress Party and one of the founding PP members.
The elections witnessed by number of private media journalists and observers, were a very open and democratic.
Former DPP deputy regional governor David Kambalame is first vice, UDF former regional governor Samson Mazengera is second deputy chair.
The polls were nearly derailed after the director of women Catherine Banda lost to Edith Ntunga, who was a favourite for the powers-that- be. However, deputy secretary general Harry Mkandawire said the party needed to respect the will of the people.
Ntunga won with 90 votes while Banda, who apologised for her shortcomings while in office, became first deputy director with 56 votes.
The position of First Deputy Chairperson for the Province was retained by John Chagunda with 180 votes and his number two will be former ruling Democratic Progressive Party deputy Governor David Kambalame who got 60 votes as second vice and former United Democratic Front regional governor Samson Mazengera is third deputy Chairperson with just 12 votes.
Frazer Chulu, another PP founding member, became the Provincial Secretary with 114 votes. Mustafa Somanje Fidesi with 104 votes will be Chulu’s deputy. The second deputy is Nichodemus Pulikani who won with 40 votes.
Binuli has retained as regional youth director beating former UDF youth director Shaban Kadango.
Chairperson for the provincial elections Paul Maulidi said PP has started with elections for its provincial committees – first for a ruling party in the country in almost a decade – in preparation for a national convention next month.
The Southern Province will hold their elections on Saturday whereas the Northern Region will undergo its exercise on Monday, according to Maulidi.
Delegates to the regional conferences are chairmen for the main body, youth and women.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :