LILONGWE (Malawitalk) – Mr Francis Belekanyama, son to former Local government minister Lingson Belekanyama, has won the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) primary election in Lilongwe Msinja South constituency.
He trumphed against 12 other candidates who vied to replace Belekanyama the senior who succumbed to covid-19 last month.
However, a Malawi Electoral Commission stringer says eight losing candidates are disputing the results and vowed to go independent.
He says the losing candidates are accusing the ruling party hierarchy of electioneering and imposing Francis, whose late father Lingson Belekanyama served as lawmaker for the area for 17 years.
Jones Yamikani Chadza who came second in the election which had twelve people contesting for the country’s oldest party ticket said he is going independent as the results do not reflect the will of the people.
“I have decided to go independent and my bid has the support of other candidates who are not satisfied with the results because those results are the will of what some senior MCP members wanted at the Regional office and currently the party is split here,” claims Chadza.
Chadza also revealed that he will start campaigning in the constituency on Thursday and they have already created a development committee to assist and look at the needs of the people in the area.
The losing candidates are currently split in two groups and Chadza’s candidature has been endorsed by Fanizo Kabwazi, Hasten Mlinde, Sam Mbendera and Lefinosi Chigamula while the other independent candidate is a lone wolf Lameck Kondesi.
In his remarks, Kondesi expressed ‘dissatisfaction’ with the results and said he had decided to go independent at the behest of his supporters.
Meanwhile, MCP’s National Campaign Director Moses Kumkuyu has since downplayed the other candidates remarking; “Such things are common in Democracy but as MCP we are not fazed by this and I am very confident that come 30 March our candidate will carry the day.”
In Ntchisi north MCP primary election, Arnold Kadzanja emerged winner, defeating former member of parliament in the area Boniface Kadzamira and Zodiak head of news Gabriel Kamlomo, among others.
MCP is not fielding a candidate in Zomba Changalume where the party is set to campaign for a People’s Party candidate.
However, the party will field two candidates in court sanctioned by-elections in Nsanje.