Chitipa, Chitipa District will have three female councilors in the ten-member council for the first time after the three triumphed in the recent tripartite elections.
Official Local Government Elections results released by the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) on Tuesday show that the three are Mercy Mpoha for Hanga Ward in Chitipa North, Towera Mnyenyembe for Mahowe Ward in Chitipa South and Alice Chanza for Kapoka Ward in Chitipa East constituency.
Speaking Thursday in a telephone interview with Malawi News Agency (Mana), one of the newly elected female councilors for the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Towera Mnyenyembe, said she is happy for being elected and has promised to develop her area to the best of her capability.
I am excited and well prepared for the opportunity to serve my people who have through the ballot demonstrated that they have trust in me.
The district now has three female councilors and I am sure that women have enough representation in the council to push for implementation of various development projects geared at promoting women empowerment and gender equality, said Mnyenyembe.
The other newly elected female councilors, Mercy Mpoha and Alice Chanza contested on the ticket of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and on an independent ticket respectively.
In a separate interview, Chitipa Project Officer for the Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP), Abel Malumbira, whose organization has been promoting the 50-50 Campaign in the district said the development is an indication that Malawians appreciate the role of women in the district’s and country’s development.
The district has never had a female councilor, so this shows that we are improving as far as the 50-50 Campaign is concerned and we hope that we will achieve equal representation in the council chamber come 2024, said Malumbira.
During the May 21 Tripartite Elections, four women contested for parliamentary seat, while eleven women contested in the local government elections in the district.
Source: MANA Online