Former Salima council chair stunned in primary elections

Salima,: The race for seats for Salima District Council have started with surprises with former two-term council chairperson, Peter Kadam’manja, being floored by little known ChifungoKotoweka in Malawi Congress Party (MCP) primary elections.

The primary elections, which took place on Tuesday at Lungumadzi Primary School in Kambwiri Ward in Salima South East Constituency, also saw Unique Chidzanja win the MCP ticket for Pemba Ward in the same Constituency, while Mike Mwawa has won the primaries for Member of Parliament.

Kadam’manja, who became the first Council Chairperson after the 2014 elections, got 201 votes while Kotoweka got 314 votes.

The elections were presided over by Mark Kalamuka, MCP Director of Political Affairs who stressed to the members for need to always observe the party’s Four Corner Stones to ensure that the primaries are free and fair.

When approached after the announcement of the result, Kadam’manja refused to talk to the media.

On the other hand, Katoweka said that he was happy that people have trusted him to vie for the seat and if possible represent them in the council.

I am happy that supporters of the Malawi Congress party in this ward have put their trust in me, my promise remains the same that if elected I will be a true representative of the people, he said.

In another interview, the newly elected MCP shadow councilor for Pemba Ward, Unique Chidzanja said that she was happy that she has made it in the first round but expressed worry that not many women are coming out in all the parties in the district.

For me it is nice that I have made it, but I would wish if more women were coming out to contest for these seats, said Chidzanja

MCP primaries will continue on Wednesday in Salima South and Kalonga Ward where there are expected to be more new faces challenging for council seats before it goes to Salima North West on the 29th of this month where it is expected that the big battle will be for the MP as incumbent Dr Jessie Kabwira is expected to face a strong challenge from Phale.

Other parties expected to conduct primary’s this month are the DPP and the UDF.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

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Former Salima council chair stunned in primary elections

Salima,: The race for seats for Salima District Council have started with surprises with former two-term council chairperson, Peter Kadam’manja, being floored by little known ChifungoKotoweka in Malawi Congress Party (MCP) primary elections.

The primary elections, which took place on Tuesday at Lungumadzi Primary School in Kambwiri Ward in Salima South East Constituency, also saw Unique Chidzanja win the MCP ticket for Pemba Ward in the same Constituency, while Mike Mwawa has won the primaries for Member of Parliament.

Kadam’manja, who became the first Council Chairperson after the 2014 elections, got 201 votes while Kotoweka got 314 votes.

The elections were presided over by Mark Kalamuka, MCP Director of Political Affairs who stressed to the members for need to always observe the party’s Four Corner Stones to ensure that the primaries are free and fair.

When approached after the announcement of the result, Kadam’manja refused to talk to the media.

On the other hand, Katoweka said that he was happy that people have trusted him to vie for the seat and if possible represent them in the council.

I am happy that supporters of the Malawi Congress party in this ward have put their trust in me, my promise remains the same that if elected I will be a true representative of the people, he said.

In another interview, the newly elected MCP shadow councilor for Pemba Ward, Unique Chidzanja said that she was happy that she has made it in the first round but expressed worry that not many women are coming out in all the parties in the district.

For me it is nice that I have made it, but I would wish if more women were coming out to contest for these seats, said Chidzanja

MCP primaries will continue on Wednesday in Salima South and Kalonga Ward where there are expected to be more new faces challenging for council seats before it goes to Salima North West on the 29th of this month where it is expected that the big battle will be for the MP as incumbent Dr Jessie Kabwira is expected to face a strong challenge from Phale.

Other parties expected to conduct primary’s this month are the DPP and the UDF.

Source: Malawi News Agency MANA

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