Ngumuya loses UTM primaries

Allan Ngumuya

Legislator Allan Ngumuya has lost UTM primary elections in Blantyre City South constituency.

Ngumuya lost the elections after getting 162 votes while winner Mabvuto Missi amassed 253 votes.

Another contender Leonard Chimbanga withdrew saying he was assaulted and the environment at the venue was not safe.

Reacting to the results, Ngumuya – one of the first MPs who pressurised Vice President Saulos Chilima to stand in the 2019 elections – accused Chimbanga and Missi of conniving to defeat him.

Elsewhere in Blantyre, Steve Mikaya saw off Katenga Kaunda in Blantyre City West while Felix Njawala triumphed over Precious Magombo in Blantyre Kabula.

The polls were expected to be held today in all constituencies but in Salima, Likoma, Dowa and some constituencies in Zomba the elections have been postponed.

According to media reports, in Dowa the polls were called off because the number of delegates was not enough.

In Zomba Central Constituency, Noel Masangwi will be declared the UTM candidate while in Zomba Lisanjala constituency the elections will be held tomorrow.

Mzimba North East Parliamentarian Olipa Muyaba won the polls in UTM’s primary elections held in her constituency.