Written by YAMIKANI SIMUTOWE
BLANTYRE—After being dissed by his political nemesis John Tembo who said he wasn’t welcome in the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Gwanda Chakuamba has hit back, saying he's free to join a party of his choice.
“I am joining MCP as an ordinary member,” said Chakuamba.
And in direct response to Tembo who called him names, Chakuamba retorted: “I am not a vagabond and will never be a vagabond. I have the freedom to join a party of my choice that is MCP.”
Chakuamba announced Thursday that he has rejoined MCP, a party he ditched in 2004 following leadership disputes in the party to form the Republican Party.
But Tembo, who is also the leader of opposition, said Chakuamba was a member and president of the New Republican Party (NRP).
“We don’t want a vagabond in MCP. We want members, not vagabonds and confusionists,” he said.
Tembo also said Chakuamba erred in making his announcement without consultation.
“Why can’t he come to so out his membership first, then we will assess his position. But a vagabond is a vagabond, he will never change,” Tembo said.
However Chakuamba says he resigned from NRP, therefore he is eligible to join any political party including MCP.
In another development, George Nga Ntafu, who dumped the former ruling United Democratic Front (UDF) to form New Labour Party (NLP) with Friday Jumbe, Sam Mpasu and Joseph Kubwalo, has joined the ruling People’s Party (PP).
PP general secretary Henry Chibwana has told local media that Ntafu’s presence at the party’s functions is “revealing”.
“His presence alone tells a story,” he said.
(c) The Maravi Post 2013