Leonard Mwalwanda: now parliamentarian for Karonga constituency

BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—The ruling Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has maintained its grip on power in Karonga Central and Lilongwe North West constituencies following a triumph by its candidates, Leonard Mwalwanda and Mphatso Boti, in the Tuesday’s by-elections.

Unofficial results from the by-election in the heavily contested Karonga Central Constituency have shown that Malawi Congress Party (MCP) candidate, Leonard Mwalwanda, has won the seat after amassing 6763 votes.

He is followed by arch rival Frank Tumpale Mwenefumbo of UTM party who got 6021 votes during the Tuesday November 10 polls.

If the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) goes ahead to declare Mwalwanda winner today, he will replace his uncle, Cornelius Mwalwanda, who died while serving as parliamentarian for the area on July 16 2020.

According to the unofficial results announced at the district’s tally centre-Maghemo Secondary school, Ernest Mwalughali for Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is third with 99 votes.

Independent candidate Shackie Mary-Florence Nthakomwa comes fourth with 89 votes, while Nellie Sichali of Mbakuwaku Movement for Development (MMD) is fifth with 13 votes.

Elsewhere, Mphatso Boti of MCP has also emerged a winner in Lilongwe North West Constituency with 12156 votes followed by independent candidate, Goodwell Ndiwo Banda, who has amassed 9212 votes while Chikwawa Makhwira South Ward has gone to United Democratic Front (UDF) candidate Isaac Sten Hodges.

Despite witnessing a campaign that went violent, leaving 12 people injured, people of Karonga Central Constituency yesterday voted peacefully to elect their new Parliamentary representative, without major incidents of violence.

There were of course small pockets of incidents that could have led to violence, like at Mlare, where some people were preventing others from voting, but the situation was quickly dealt with by the police.

Braving the scorching sun, both the old and the young came out in large numbers to vote, an exercise aimed at finding a replacement to late Mwalwanda.

Mwenefumbo, a well known political figure in Malawian politics, has been a parliamentarian for the Karonga Central twice: 2004 to 2009 and 2014 to 2019.

On the other hand, Leonard Mwalwanda is new on the political stage and he might have enjoyed support in the constituency because of his uncle and MCP factor.

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