MCP recounts Chakuamba's influence on Nsanje wins

Gwanda Chakuamba

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has hailed the legacy of its former president Gwanda Chakuamba for influencing its victory in the March 30, by-elections.

The MCP snatched away Nsanje North and Central constituencies from the former ruling party, the Democratic Progressive Party.

MCP director of elections Elias Chakwera told this reporter that the victory reflects the regaining ground of the party from the Chakuamba era.

"The seed which was sown by late Chakuamba has germinated now after being dormant for sometime,'' said Chakwera.

Apart from Nsanje the MCP got seats from its strongholds of Lilongwe Msinja South and Ntchisi North constituencies.

During the 1999 general elections the MCP grabbed all but one of the four seats in Nsanje with Chakuamba winning Nsanje North constituency.

Chakuamba was then president of the party before he later formed his own political Party after leadership wrangles.

During the 2017 by elections MCP won Nsanje Lalanje constituencies under Lawrence Sitolo. It later lost the seat to the Democratic Progressive Party ( DPP) under incumbent Gladys Ganda.

The new winners Kafanikhale Mandivana and Enock Chizuzu join Abida Mia and Elias Karim as MCP legislators to have won on the party's ticket in the Lower Shire.