Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President John Tembo has categorically rejected the party’s former president and once-upon-a-time Lower Shire political gladiator, Gwanda Chakuamba to rejoin the Malawi’s oldest political grouping.
Tembo said although his party has an open door policy, Chakuamba cannot be welcomed back into the party because he is a leader of his own New Republican Party (NRP).
Chakuamba took over the leadership of the party from former [life] President Hastings Kamuzu Banda but due to continued wrangles with Tembo over leadership, he moved on with his faction to form the Republican Party around 2003
When he faced resistance from his RP politburo over his unilateral decisions, Chakuamba unsuccessfully deregistered the party preferring political asylum in the newly registered Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of late Bingu wa Muthalika.
Shortly, things fell apart with the late wa Muthalika and he found himself without a party membership. Out of frustration, he, together with Ken Zikhale Ng’oma formed the New Republican Party (NRP) which he heads up to date