By Duncan Mlanjira
Incumbent MP David Bisnowaty for Lilongwe City Centre constituency voted in as an independent four years ago but later joined the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has announced that he will not contest in the party’s primary elections.
In a very brief letter to the DPP’s Regional Governor Binton Kuntsaila on Wednesday, December 12, Bisnowaty said: “This is to inform your office that I will not contest for the forthcoming DPP primaries in the Lilongwe City Centre constituency. I wish the DPP aspirants all the best and may the best candidate win.”
When asked in an interview why he has decided so, Bisnowaty simply said his future plans will be advised in the next few days and also did not reveal if he will run as independent.
But this could be coming after DPP unveiled musician Limbani Kalilani (otherwise known as Tay Grin) as torch bearer for the Lilongwe City Centre constituency, which was done in September without informing or consulting the incumbent Bisnowaty.
Tay Grin was unveiled by DPP Secretary General Jeff wa Jeffery when Bisnowaty was outside the country and the development has sent tongues wagging on what will happen to the incumbent parliamentarian.
However, speaking during a political rally at Mgona Community Ground in Lilongwe in September, Wa Jeffrey had said DPP will not impose any candidate on the people.
“We will not impose any candidate because DPP is a democratic party but we have only received the name of Limbani Kalilani as an aspiring member,” she had said.
When contacted online for his comment after the DPP announcement, Bisnowaty had expressed surprise at the development, saying he was with his Jewish people who in the month of September celebrate Yom Kippur and Sukott; also known as the Day of Atonement, which is the holiest day of the year in Judaism.
“If the DPP had a rally in Mgona in my constituency then that’s fine,” he had said. “[But] I have done a lot of development projects in that area and the largest was a concrete bridge worth over MK100 million.”
He also cited tarmac roads from Cheni cheni Nchiti to Senti in Area 18 as one of the projects he initiated.