Woman Mayor elected in Zomba: DPP’s Joanna Ntaja, UDF’s Maunde deputy

Member of Parliament and Ward Councilors in Malawi’s eastern city of Zomba have elected female Councilor as the new Mayor for the old capital.

Joanna Ntata: Her Worship the Mayor

Joanna Ntata: Her Worship the Mayor

Maunde: Deputy Mayor Zomba City

Maunde: Deputy Mayor Zomba City

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The election was held during the council’s first full meeting which was held at the Civic Offices Chamber on Tuesday.

Joanna Ntaja of governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was elected Mayor of Zomba after amassing 6 votes beating opposition People’s Party ( PP) councillor Christopher Jana (3). Two other contestants namely Chikhulupiliro Jimu and Daveson Namonde got one vote each respectively.

United Democratic Front (UDF) Davie Maunde was eventually elected deputy mayor after outclassing two other contestants with six votes. Jimu and Namonde who also vied for the position got one and four votes respectively.

The 30-year-old  Ntaja is a holder of an advanced diploma in business management. She
becomes the sixth mayor for the city and the first female in its history.

Ten councillors and parliamentarian for Zomba City Central Patricia Kainga Nangozo voted during the exercise.

There was jubilation from DPP followers outside the council offices moments after presiding officer ZCC chief executive Ali Phiri announced the results.

Ntaja said Zomba city has so many challenges  which she expressed the confidence in the councillors to bring a difference.

“I have confidence that together we will deliver services that will satisfy our residents,” she said.

Her Worship the Mayor promised that she will exercise prudence in handling public finances and awarding of contracts in line with the laid down procedures.

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