Chakwera speaks on Malawi Congress Party victory in by-elections
Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera says the party’s victory in the just ended by-election is a true reflection of confidence Malawians have in it.
In a statement released on Tuesday, the MCP leader commended people who turned out to cast their votes, in which MCP scooped three parliamentary seats and two wards. The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) lost miserably as it only got only one seat of one ward councilor.
“As the dust begins to settle on the hotly contested by-elections that have just concluded, allow me to register my gratitude where it is due,” he said.
“I am particularly proud of the six MCP candidates who contested bravely and honourably, five of whom won their races in both the central and southern region, thus cementing our credentials as a national party,” said Chakwera.
Chakwera also hailed the MCP campaigning team for its patience and trust in his presidency, saying as he continues to lead internal reforms in the party, he will strive to ensure that the party exercises great leadership skills free of tribalism, corruption, poverty, waste, and mediocre leadership.
Chakwera said: “It is a humbling honour to serve Malawians with all of you, and I trust you will use our current victory to invite other Malawians to join the movement, not to gloat. For while it is healthy to celebrate good things, gloating is against the servant-leadership that our party embodies. There is work yet to be done”.
He also praised the 48,025 Malawians who turned up to vote in the six races for exercising their constitutional rights and duties.
He commended the youthful candidates under the age of 40 for their courage to take a stand and let their voices be heard, adding that he was hoping that other young leaders will draw inspiration from them by taking part in future elections.
According to Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec), 29,092 Malawians voted for the party, representing 60.5 percent of the votes cast.
During the polls MCP claimed Nsanje –Lalanje, Lilongwe Msozi North and City South East parliamentary seats, at the same time winning Ndirande Makata and Mtsiliza wards.
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