Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President John Tembo says he is not moved with party followers who are living the party to join or starting their own parties. He was speaking when he opened a women caucus meeting funded by Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) on September 2 2011.
This was his first reaction since Sunday when Dedza Centra MP, Sosten Gwengwe, announced his defection to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of embattled President Bingu wa Muthalika
“It is not strange for people like Gwengwe to leave the party and it is healthy for the democracy in the party”, he said. He also assured the women gathering that the party shall remain intact even after some people have left to join or form other parties.
He however applauded women in the party for keeping the party’s four corner stones of loyalty, obedience, discipline and unity; saying it was pleasing to note that no woman has defected to other parties which he said is a clear indication that women are a pillar of the party. He then urged women in the party to start discussing issues that can help build the once mighty MCP.
Ironically, the late Mrs Kate Kainja-Kaluluma and Margaret Maimba left the MCP and joined the DPP and UDF respectively.
The Leader of Opposition in Parliament also distanced himself from rumour that he was asked to be included in Bingu’s yet-to-appointed cabinet as a way of building a government of national unity. “Accepting a ministerial position is corruption of the highest order” said Tembo. He did not elaborate.