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Mcheka Chilenje gets Christmas present: Sails unopposed in DPP primary polls

Written by  Steve Chirombo
Deputy Speaker Mcheka Chilenje speaks at a press briefing in this Man file photo by Roy Nkosi Deputy Speaker Mcheka Chilenje speaks at a press briefing in this Man file photo by Roy Nkosi

Chikwawa, December 27, 2018: Incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) for Nsanje North Constituency and First Deputy Speaker in Malawi Parliament Esther Mcheka Chilenje emerged victorious when she went unopposed during the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) primaries on Monday.

Many people rallied behind her chanting “Mcheka yemweyo!” declaring their special Christmas gift to her in the polls that were presided over by the DPP’s Director of Logistics Symon Vuwa Kaunda and other party officials.

Making her acceptance speech, Chilenje expressed gratitude to the people for giving her a second chance.

“I’m pleased that my people have, for the second time, chosen me to continue with the works that I started. That is exactly what I am going to do so that people’s lives here are improved,” she said.

Chilenje further said her wish and vision were to see Nsanje North Constituency transformed to a town with good road networks, better markets as well as telecommunication infrastructure.

Declaring results, Kaunda thanked people of Nsanje North for giving total support to Chilenje saying it was a good choice the people made to be in DPP.

“Attach yourselves to the DPP and its leadership under His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika. Give Dr Ncheka Chilenje the support she deserves.

“Look at the Thabwa-East Bank-Fatima Road. This is among the major development initiatives government through the leadership of President Peter Mutharika has initiated in the Shire Valley.

“There are more development projects of that nature coming,” Kaunda said.

He assured the people to continue being royal to the DPP-led government while indicating that the party will win the May 2019 tripartite polls and continue ruling.

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