1 July 2014

Malawi: Former MCP Legislature's Daughter Is Kasungu Municipality Mayor

Kasungu — Kasungu Municipal Council has elected Ireen Ruth Katola as Mayor for the council for the next two and a half years.

Katola, a Malawi Congress Party (MCP) councilor, triumphed after defeating Bernard Theu of Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) with eight votes out of the 10 eligible votes.

Those who voted included nine councillors from nine wards of the council and Member of Parliament for Kasungu Central Constituency, Amon Nkhata.

In her acceptance speech, Katola said she was happy to be elected on the mayoral position.

"I'm very happy to be on this position and the fact that I'm a woman on a mayoral position this is historic and brings much joy to me.

"I want to assure you that I will transform Kasungu Municipality with the help of all other councilors and I promise to work together with everyone," said Katola.

Katola urged other councilors to be united and work together regardless of parties and that they should respect council staff since they are united with one purpose of serving people.

She said she has several plans in place in order to develop Kasungu Municipality such as having good roads, portable water, improved sanitation and also making sure people do business in designated places and enforce parking laws, among others.

Katola said she would make sure that together with other councilors she delivers since the council has now a mayor and councilors the people will expect to see some changes.

The position of deputy mayor was taken by another MCP councilor, Ephate Joshua, who beat two others including Theu who also contested as deputy mayor after losing on mayorship position.

Born 17 March, 1978, Katola, who is also Director of Faith Private Schools, is a daughter to former politician and a former MCP legislature Katola Phiri and she is a councilor for Kavunguti Ward.

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