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By Samuel Kalimira:

Member of Parliament (MP) for Mzimba Luwerezi, Samuel Chirwa, has become the first in the Northern Region to declare interest in working with Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in Parliament and outside the august House.

Chirwa won as an independent legislator, beating main competitor, former DPP MP for the constituency Deliwe Ngoma. He also shrugged off competition from Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and People’s Party aspirants.

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“I have come out to declare my interest in working with DPP and President Peter Mutharika because we want to be associating with the government. We have hope that, in so doing, we will benefit fully from the national development cake.

“I was DPP but decided to contest as an independent MP because, that time, voters advised me to do so. Now, I have also followed their advice to work with DPP both in Parliament and outside,” Chirwa said.

DPP spokesperson, Nicholas Dausi, said the door was open for independent MPs and those interested in working with the President.

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“Those who are interested in contributing to the development of Malawi are welcome to join hands with us,” he said.

Parliamentary results which Malawi Electoral Commission released indicate that DPP won 62 seats, MCP 55, United Democratic Front (10), UTM (four) and Alliance for Democracy one.

Independent MPs have grabbed 55 seats.

Human rights activist Moses Mkandawire recently said independent MPs were likely to join DPP and MCP.

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