Gwengwe blasts Tembo, MCP: Uladi challenges Malawi opposition

The ruling People’s Party (PP) presidential running-mate, Sosten Gwengwe has hit at his former party Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and its retired president, John Tembo, for challenging his age and stature.

Gwengwe, speaking during official launch of Malawian Airline in Dowa district, took a swipe at Tembo and MCP for branding him as a ‘kid in politics’.

The youthful presidential running-mate told the crowd the former leader of opposition in Parliament was shrewd politician who would like to decisive people by claiming he retired from politics.

Gwengwe: I will be vice president come May 21

Gwengwe: I will be vice president come May 21

“He was in my constituency just a day after my rally. I am surprised he claimed I am young and yet in 2009, when I was indeed young, I was appointed MCP’s shadow minister of finance. I was the one who handled party financial issues in Parliament. Why didn’t they realise I was young then?” argued Gwengwe.

Gwengwe said MCP and its former leader were wasting time arguing about his age and stature, challenging he is better placed to lead and help President Joyce Banda retains the presidency.

He expressed confidence that after the vote on May 20 – his birthday- he will be Malawi’s next vice president and Banda will remain Head of State.

Speaking during the same event, PP’s vice-president for the central region, Uladi Moussa claimed the opposition parties were a divided bloc, giving President Banda a leeway to win the elections with “landslide” victory.

“Instead of uniting and working jointly to fight President Joyce Banda, they are busy independently fielding candidates. They don’t have a plan. They are divided; in politics, people need to unite but our opposition doesn’t realise that. PP is intact fighting against a divided bloc,” challenged Mussa.

In a manner that will only be deemed as warning shot and special advice to the opposition, Mussa challenged the fielding of 10 presidential candidates has already created flaws of divisions in the opposition parties, which could work to President Banda’s advantage.

“They have 10 presidential candidates, and we have only one. They are busy sharing votes while our leader President Joyce Banda is easily accumulating more and more at end of the day. They should not be surprised when they fail miserably because PP is united and they are divided,” he said.

About 10 presidential candidates include DPP’s Professor Peter Mutharika, UDF’s Atupele Muluzi and MCP’s Reverend Lazarus Chakwera are expecting to compete against President Banda on May 20th.

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