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Blantyre, Mzuzu cities have new mayors

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Noel Chalamanda and William Mkandawire are new Mayors for Blantyre and Mzuzu Cities respectively.

Chalamanda who has a legal background has been elected this afternoon after heated deliberations at the civic offices in Blantyre.

Earlier, there were running battles between the police and some Democratic Progressive Party supporters following disagreements on the choice of city mayor .

It is claimed that some councillors within the party who had expressed interest to contest for the Mayor position, were told to pull out at the eleventh hour allegedly on orders from above.

Among those affected were the DPP’s former Director of Youth Loius Ngalande.

He was set to tussle with Independent councilor Chalamanda and Gertrude Chirambo for the position.

The development angered some party supporters, who had vowed that the election would not take place unless Ngalande was allowed to participate.

Meanwhile, Chalamanda is stressing the need for residents and players in the business sector to play their role in improving infrastructure and sanitation in the city.

Residents have for many years been complaining over poor hygiene and dilapidated structures around the city.

High on the list is the pathetic state of drainage system, which has seen waste spilling out onto some of the roads, especially in Limbe.

And the roads also need some serious attention due to huge potholes that render them impassable especially during the rainy season.

Some of the locations which are currently in pathetic state include Kanjedza, Manja, Chimwankhunda, Mbayani, Mpingwe, Bangwe and Limbe which is always a hive of activities.

Speaking to Capital fm, Chalamanda said the city council needs to be supported by the residents and other stakeholders.

On the other hand, Mkandawire aged 25 is Mzuzu City mayor, 9 years since Igbert Chibambo's term expired in 2005. His deputy is Frazer Chunga aged 52.

They have both pledged to revamped the city's image.

 

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