The United Democratic Front (UDF) Councilor for Chinamwali ward, Davie Maunde has been re-elected deputy mayor for Zomba City after defeating a DPP councilor for Chilunga ward, Chikhulupiliro Jimu.
The elections delayed by 25 minutes after the councilors were against the decision of not conducting the mayoral elections.
According to a statement made recently by Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development, elections for Zomba mayor are not supposed to be done because the one and half year term for the incumbent mayor, Melia Douglas has not yet expired.
The sitting mayor was elected last year after the death of late Mayor, Councilor Joana Ntaja.
After some discussions with city officials and representatives from the Malawi Local Government Association (MALGA), members agreed to proceed with the elections which were officiated by Malawi Electoral Commission officials for transparency.
Out of 10 councilors, two councilors contested on the position where Maunde got seven votes defeating Jimu who got four votes.
In his acceptance speech, Maunde thanked DPP councillors who are in majority for trusting him which he said also showed maturity in DPP as a party.
He pledged total support to the sitting mayor in the implementation of development activities in order to change the face of Zomba City.
“I will support the mayor of this city Her Worship, Melia Likoswe Douglas in the implementation of various projects in the city so that other cities should come and learn from us,” Maunde said.
He added that as the city is currently in a position to implement projects using locally generated revenue, there was hope that something tangible could happen within a short period.
Chief Executive Officer for the City, Dyson Jangiya congratulated councilor Maunde for retaining the seat.
He said he was happy to see the elections conducted despite some challenges faced.
“The election has been really controversial in the way that some councilors interpret the law or act wrongly as a result remain vocal and don’t listen to others,” Jangiya said.
He expressed optimism for Zomba city to excel in the remaining two and half years.
Member of Parliament for Zomba Central constituency, Patricia Kainga Nangozo said the election of councilor Davie Maunde as deputy mayor shows that he follows issues properly because of his maturity and openness when handling issues.
She said will continue working together with all councilors towards developing the city.
“Lack of transparency and substandard projects are some of the areas we want to change with councilors by working together as one family,” Nangozo said.
She expressed concern that there are some secretariat members who don’t have passion for development of the city causing some activities to stall.
Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA