Africa News24 (AN24) has gathered that two Malawian women are in the race to become speaker of the National Assembly, Malawi.

Esther Mcheka Chilenje, a lawmaker with the ruling Democratic Peoples Party, DPP and Catherine Gotani Hara of Mzimba North East MP (MCP)

The last speaker belonged to the main opposition Malawi Congress Party, MCP, Karonga Nyungwe Richard Msowoya served between 2014 – 2019.

He was also a MCP lawmaker and at the time its vice president.

Whichever of the two women emerges victorious will join a growing league of women leading legislatures across Africa.

Amongst others, South Africa, The Gambia, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo are current examples.