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UTM, MCP triumph in Mzuzu mayoral elections

By Samuel Kalimira:

NYASULU— We are going to develop the city

UTM party councillor for Songwe Ward Kondwani Brian Nyasulu and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Lubinga Ward’s Gift Desire have won the position of mayor and deputy mayor, respectively, in the rush for Mzuzu City Council (MCC) positions.

Nyasulu outrun fellow UTM councillor for Mchengautuba West, Pyela Chiumia, by 10 votes to six while Desire got 10 votes at the expense of Tonny Mwenetete, who got five.

The first Full Council Meeting, which, as expected, was largely patronised by UTM and MCP supporters, started with councillors from all the 15 wards under MCC taking oath of office.

The elections were administered by officials from Malawi Electoral Commission and MCC led by Chief Executive Officer Macloud Kadammanja.

Nyasulu pledged to transform Mzuzu City.

“I had a dream when I was contesting as councillor; that is to be mayor so that I could have direct access to resources to be used for implementing transformative projects. I am sure that, with support from fellow councillors as well as residents, we are going to develop the city.

“Coming from opposition parties does not mean we are going to be frustrating government projects. We are going to put politics aside and serve the people who want their city developed,” Nyasulu said.

Kadammanja urged councillors to forget about their political background and concentrate on implementing development projects that uplift residents’ living standards.

“We have advised them that time has come to serve people and not political leaders. If they will serve people, they are assured that they will bounce back come 2014. This is so because that is what people want,” Kadammanja said.

UTM director of strategic planning, Norman Nyirenda, said the winning of a UTM councillor as mayor meant the party was famous in the city.

MCP district chairperson, Joseph Chavula, said he was happy that despite the party’s councillors being in minority in the chamber, the managed to win the position of deputy mayor.

UTM has eight councillors, MCP has four while Alliance for Democracy has one.

Nyasulu has a bachelor of business administration degree which he obtained at New Port University in South Africa.

He was also appointed as one of the commissioners who investigated former president, the late Bingu wa Mutharika’s death.

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