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Mzuzu Mayor denies eyeing 2019 parliamentary seat

William Mkandawire
Mzuzu Mayor William Mkandawire

Mzuzu City Mayor Councilor William Mkandawire, this week dismissed speculations that he wants to contest as Member of Parliament for Mzuzu City on the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) ticket in the 2019 tripartite elections.


Mkandawire, who recently dumped the People’s Party (PP) and joined the main opposition party, MCP, said in an interview that he joined the MCP to nurture his political career.


“That is not true. I’m serving as a counselor and I’m happy with that. We serve people and whatsoever the people tell us to do, that’s what we do,” he said.


Mkandawire said he feels the MCP is the only party that has shown maturity and can develop this country.


“MCP is the only party that has been there for decades, without even losing its theme and popularity,” he said.


“I will continue supporting the MCP and its leadership (Dr. Lazarus Chakwera), even if we remain in the opposition for years,” he added.


Mkandawire said if he continued to be in the People’s Party (PP), he would not grow politically, because the party is currently not strong on the ground, due to lack of leadership.


“Yes we are in the opposition side, but as things are now in the PP, one cannot grow politically,” he said.


The PP is rocked with leadership challenges, following the prolonged stay overseas of its leader, former State President Dr Joyce Banda.


Banda left Malawi soon after losing in the 2014 presidential elections to President Professor Peter Mutharika.


Mkandawire, who dumped the PP in March 2017, was the third high-profiled politician to join the MCP within a period of two weeks; these are veteran politicians Ken Kandodo and Sidik Mia.


Political parties in Malawi are yet to conduct primaries in readiness for the forth coming tripartite elections in 2019.


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