Veteran MP Divelias Zaipa lose to Nkusa Nkhoma: Chakwera battles it out in MCP primary polls

Main opposition  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera is battling out in his first ever party primary polls in Lilongwe north west.

A number of aspirants have sprung up in the constituency to challenge Chakwera, a sitting member of parliament, bringing fears in the MCP as to what would happen should he lose the primary elections.

Some officials in the MCP are silently saying some of the canddates in the primary elections have been sponsored by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Results of the primary elections will be known late in the afternoon.

In Mchinji, a veteran politician who has been in parliament close to three decades Divelias Zaipa has lost the MCP primary elections to a new political comer Agnes Nkusa Nkhoma.

Zaipa joins a list of sitting members of parliament who have lost in primary elections who include Joseph Njobvuyalema of Lilongwe Mapuyu south.

Others are Kasungu central MP Amon Nkhata, Kasungu south MP Vasco Chimbalu and Kasungu west legislator Alex Major.

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zikomo
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zikomo

Chakwera the next President……..

Joe
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Joe

In 2014, Develius Zaipa also lost in the MCP primaries…. He stood as an independent candidate and to be an MP for the area… He chose to rejoin MCP in parliament. What an overture! Those who know the constituency better say this will happen again… Apparently, he has been a long standing “people’s man” in the constituency… The one who has won primaries is in for a huge task to win if Mr Zaipa decides to stand as an independent again…

Namalomba Fredrick
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Namalomba Fredrick

LLW Noth West primary results Lazarus Chakwera 1187 votes and Bryson Majoni 55 votes, a landslide for the president.

Mike Tembwe
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Mike Tembwe

It’s good development that even old guards are losing primaries. It is good for democracy. However, the party must make sure that it does not sideline the losers. It should be with them and make them understand how important and how a win-win situation it is for the party to win elections next year.

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