KARONGA-(MaraviPost)-Veteran politician Frank Tumpale Mwenifumbo on Tuesday, November 1o, 2020 lost in his bid to snatch back the Karonga Central (Benghazi) seat from the Mwalwanda family following his loss at the just ended by-election.
After losing to late Dr. Cornelius Mwalwanda in the same constituency during the 2019 parliamentary poll, Tumpale now representing UTM was again floored by Leonard Mwalwanda, cousin to the deceased.
Leonard, running under Malawi Congress Party ticket amassed 6485 votes against Tumpale’s 5747 while the rest of the six candidates polled insignificantly.
Karonga Central, commonly known as Benghazi, has been a political hotspot for decades as every parliamentary election is always marred by violence and flammable tempers.
This time around tension was heightened because Mwenifumbo crossed the floor within the Tonse Alliance from his former party Alliance for Democracy to Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima’s UTM.
The move isolated him as all the alliance partners ganged up in an intensive campaign to help MCP keep its seat.
Election watchers have since attributed Tumpale’s loss to his chameleon affiliation in the political realm, conduct that has waned his influence among the electorate.
MCP has also won Lilongwe North West constituency through its candidate Dr Mphatso Boti. The constituency fell vacant following Dr Lazarus Chakwera’s ascension to the Presidency.
In other results, Makhuwira ward in Chikhwawa district has gone to opposition UDF.
Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) is yet to announce the official results of all By-elections held on Tuesday in some parts of the country.