Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
MZUZU--Barely a few hours after Malawi veteran politician Gwanda Chakuwamba announced that he has re-joined opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), its leader John Tembo has rejected his former political foe.
Tembo told the press from his parliament building offices in Lilongwe Thursday afternoon that Chakuwamba was a "vagabond" with bad intentions.
''Chakwamba is a vagabond. He wants to bring confusion in MCP. Though we have an open door policy, he is not welcome,'' said Tembo.
Chakuamba, born on April, 4 1934, and hails from the lower Shire Valley area in southern Malawi made the announcement through a press statement Thursday.
Chakuamba was a key figure within the MCP, which was the sole legal political party for 30 years from 1964 to 1994.
A strong opponent of Tembo, Chakuamba dumped the party following protracted leadership wrangles in MCP to form the Republican Party (RP) prior to 2004 general elections.
The RP joined forces with six other parties to form the Mgwirizano Coalition. He was endorsed as the coalition's presidential candidate. According to official results, he placed third in 20 May 2004 election, behind Bingu wa Mutharika of the United Democratic Front (UDF) and Tembo of the MCP, winning 25.7% of the vote.
In February 2005, he was hired as the minister of agriculture by Pres Mutharika. He then left the RP and joined the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), which was created by Mutharika after dumping UDF in February 2004.
In September 2005, he was fired as agriculture minister, and he was later detained for questioning over a speech in which he predicted that Mutharika would be out of office by Christmas the same year.
Chakuamba subsequently left the DPP and formed the New Republican Party
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