Malawi Congress Party-MCP President John Tembo left hundreds of thousands of his followers and supporters in dilemma as to whether he will lead the party in the 2014 presidential elections
MCP leadership saga took a new twist on Sunday during a rally Tembo held at Chitsamaba village Traditional Authority-T/A Chadza in Lilongwe. While arguing that the convention remains the legitimate forum to elect MCP president, Tembo repeatedly asked the party followers to remain united if they are to make it into government come 2014.
However, Tembo spent a better part of his 50 minutes speech bashing those accusing him of being too old to lead the Party for the third time in 2014 . While talking about young people to lead the party, Tembo ended parading two veteran politicians in former Speaker of Parliament Louis Chimango, and Jodder Kanjere, a business tycoon and former administrative secretary for.
Going by his sentiments, Tembo clad in black suit with a white shirt and red necktie ,was probably at pains to say bye to the mammoth crowd that braved the heavy rains to attend the rally.
His speech can be said to be full of appeals and advice, typical of someone who is ready to hand over the reins of power. Tembo began by telling the crowd that he became a member of parliament in 1961 and was appointed Deputy Minister in 1962 on return from London where he accompanied the country’s first President Hastings Kamuzu Banda.
After announcing April 27,28 and 29 as proposed dates for the convention to be held in the capital Lilongwe, the MCP leader warned the National Executive Committee-NEC not to block any one from contesting any seat during the convention.
On his age as Presidential candidate, Tembo attracted uproar and laughter as he wondered whether those who believe he is too old to lead the party, have verified such claims with his wife to confirm if he is really too old. The leader of opposition also took a swipe at President Joyce Banda accusing her of not taking her time off from her endless maize distribution trips and focus on the social economic challenges facing Malawians.
Tembo also wowed to shoot down any attempts by Peoples Party’s-PP government to rig the 2014 tripartite elections, citing the recent rejection of Vice President Khumbo Kachali’s appointment as an overseer of the Electoral Commission as an example of such attempts.