NyaLonje, who officially joined UTM in October this year, made the communication through a WhatsApp message that she sent to the UTM Regional Governor for the North Leonard Njikho.
The message made available to MEC Stringer reads: “Dear, Hon Regional Governor (North), I wish to inform you that I will not be contesting in the UTM Primary Elections for Mzimba North Constituency. I hope the Party selects a candidate with a track record of integrity.”
When asked to explain her decision, NyaLonje only said that she would soon communicate her next step.
When contacted, Njikho confirmed NyaLonje’s withdrawal but could also not cite any reasons for the female MP’s decision.
“Honourable NyaLonje has indeed sent me a WhatsApp message saying that she is not contesting in the UTM Primary Elections that are scheduled to take place on the 3rd of January and she has wished the candidates that will contest all the best. She has not put up any other reason,” said Njikho.
Political parties in the country are in a rush to wind up their primaries and position themselves for victory in the Tripartite Elections on May 21, 2019.