Written by CHADUWA DHUMAKUDE
MZUZU--Malawi veteran politician Gwanda Chakuwamba has announced that he has re-joined Malawi Congress Party (MCP).
Chakuwamba who until his joining MCP was president of New Republican Party said he started his political journey in MCP said he was back home to finish it.
“I am back home,” he said on Zodiac radio.
In spite of his old age, Chakuwamba said he was an experienced politician and was still relevant to help the country.
“I was politically jailed and I know what it means to be a prisoner. I know what it means to sleep on an empty stomach in prison and want to make sure that others should not go through the same experiences”
"I might be old, but have I gone through a lot, therefore I have so much to offer," said Chakuwamba.
During the MCP era, Chakuwamba was jailed by late president Kamuzu Banda and tried for treason. He was released at the dawn of democracy after 30 years of one-party rule. He returned to MCP and led the party during 1999 elections. He left the party and formed the New Republican Party which he led in 2004 elections. Before the results, Chakuamba, who had been a strong contender an opposition coalition, declared himself president before the Malawi Electoral Commission announced late president Bingu wa Mutharika as winner.
Chakuwamba raised eyebrows when Mutharika was in power. He called upon people in this country to beat up Lomwes whom he accused of boasting because Pres Mutharika was also Lomwe.
(c) The Maravi Post 2013