Ruling Peoples Party shadow MP for Nkhata Bay West constituency, Dickens Whiteman Tchuwa, has questioned the party’s insistence for a re-run in two of the 21 centres saying the decision is illogical.
“How do you do a re-run with some somebody who got half my votes and is fourth placed?” Tchuwa queried.
Apart from Nkhata Bay West, PP has also ordered a re-run in the volatile ‘Benghazi’ Karonga Central Constituency.
Tchuwa, who designed and implemented campaign marketing strategies for beleaguered ANC Youth League boss Julius Malema resulting in his triumphant at the 2007 ANC Polokwane in South Africa, suspects that some PP officials want to rig the votes in favour of fourth placed Boston Kasolota Chiumia.
Tchuwa, chalked 1408 votes to emerge victor, flooring Mwanson Longwe (1095), Chimota (728), Chiumia (699) and Tunyani Nyamanda (255).
Second placed Longwe said he is not ready for a re-run.
“I am not prepared,” he said.
Both Chimota and Nyamanda have also chickened out of the race.
However, Longwe, who got a paltry 699 against Tchuwa’s 1408, wants a re-run at Luwazi Mission and Nkhwali and is banking on home ground sympathy to create miracles, party sources said.
PP deputy national Director of Campaign Ken Zikhale Ng’oma and Provisional Chairperson for the north Reverend Christopher Mzomera Ngwira confirmed the development.
Zikhale said Returning officers disqualified results from the two centres because they were inflated and fake.
“What we find out is that voting did not take place and the ballots papers were locked away in the Headmaster’s house. There were ghost voters. That is why we want a re-run to ensure fairness,” Zikhale said.
Ngwira said PP is funding the re-runs.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :