By Judgement Katika
Malawi Congress Party regional chairman for the centre, Patrick Zebron Chilondola has warned other Political Parties that they will not grab a parliamentary seat in central region in the forthcoming elections.
Chilondola made the remarks on Monday during sworning ceremony for newly elected Member of Parliament for Dedza central constituency Willard Gwengwe who won by- election on 6th November 2023.
Chilondola said Gwengwe’s victory is a great achievement to the party and it’s a warning to whoever stands before the party that they will be crushed, saying MCP is not a party to play with because its a ruling, conservative and unbreakable party.
He also lamented that every party in the world has got its base and anybody can not play with it in the central region because it’s the party’s yard.
In his sentiment leader of the house Richard Chimwendo Banda said it’s exciting moment for the party to have one more member after they lost another member in parliament.
Banda urged Gwengwe as a well experienced legislator that he should continue to dedicate his work and serve the people that elected him into office but also above all to serve the nation.
Banda said:” we come here yes with our political parties but we have the nation to serve, we have our people to represent therefore I wish him all the best.”
He added that they are happy that the party remains strong, saying MCP continues to prevail and is doing very well in many parts of the country.
On his part the winning legislator Willard Gwengwe said he will try as much as possible to be the bridge between the government of Malawi and the people of Dedza central constituency.
He said:” it was a tight race and am so hopeful that all the people even those who didn’t vote for me, I will try to unite them and work hard , so that development works in Dedza central constituency are indeed achieved.”
The newly elected legislator promised to be a game changer agent and he will not in any case work in an isolation saying he will try as much as possible to be with people in times of sorrow, development works as well as in times of happiness they we will always be together as a family of the people Dedza central constituency.
Gwengwe added by assuring the people of the constituency that in any case he will not run away from them saying they will be together in all times.
Malawi electrol commission conducted a by-election on 21 November 2023 in Dedza central constituency after death of Daniel Chiwere who died in July 2023. Gwengwe won the by election with 7988 votes, while independent candidate Jacob Kaumphawi got 7395 votes and Democratic Progressive Party Andrew Kowedza got 395 votes.