I’m very much a survivor – Gwengwe

Former minister of Industry and Trade, who was also People’s Party (PP) running mate in the May 20 Tripartite Elections, Sosten Gwengwe, has defended his move to rejoin Malawi Congress Party (MCP) saying he is back to his political nest.

Gwengwe: Rejoins MCP

Gwengwe: I’m a survivor

Speaking Friday during an interview on Times TV, Gwengwe said he considers himself as a political “survivor” after moving from MCP, to join Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), then PP and now back to MCP.

“I am a survivor. Even in a political field I have survived,” said Gwengwe.

Asked to explain what he has survived in his nomadic political life, Gwengwe told Times TV that he was fired from MCP and decided to be an independent MP before joining DPP where he served as regional secretary for the centre.

He said when PP came into power; he joined it until former president Joyce Banda picked him to be her presidential running mate. They both lost and he has decided to do a runner.

Asked if he considers himself to be a role model to the youth to join frontline politics, considering his political migration, Gwengwe , 38, said people should also consider “the experience I have gained” while being a member of the parties.

“I am always grateful to those parties that gave me refuge,” said Gwengwe.

He said Malawi political parties “share similar political ideologies.”

Gwengwe said he will not be on another political move as he has come to MCP to stay and end his political career at the party.

“I was born in MCP and will die in MCP,” he said.

Explaining his nomadic political life, Gwengwe said: “I was looking for political survival. It was survival of the fittest.”

He said despite that he served PP, Gwengwe, who lost his Dedza Central parliamentary seat to MCP member Daniel Chiwere, said he knew people in the constituency did not like PP.

“People in my constituency did not support PP. People favoured Malawi Congress Party,” he said.

Gwengwe said the 11,000 people, who have been voting for him in the constituency, were from MCP and kept supporting him. He said the people have rejoiced his rejoining MCP.

Asked if he will contest the seat again in 2019, Gwengwe said that he will contest for the seat of Member of Parliament unless the incumbent delivers.

Christened by many as “Ben 10”, Gwengwe said he was “grateful” to Banda for giving him the opportunity to serve as minister, third in command in her government, picking him as running mate and also took me to the White House to meet US President Barack Obama.

Gwengwe said he strongly believes he still has something to offer to the nation.

The youthful politician who owns Dzuka Girls Private Secondary School, Alice Gwengwe Girls Private Secondary School and S. Gwengwe Boys Private Secondary School, was also recently interviewed by Catholic run magazine Together.

He was asked if he was satisfied with the way DPP is running the country’s economy and said the economy needs private sector involvement both local and international.

“Government must admit that it can’t employ more, it can’t procure more and it can’t move the economy anymore. It must give space to private sector,” Gwengwe said.

“Private sector needs energy; land reforms and simpler procedures and processes. Private sector must be incentivised in productive areas. Free trade zones must be established to give a boost in productive areas. Laws must be repealed to allow more participation by private sector in energy and water resources.

“The reforms at Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) must go hand in hand with the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business reforms at Ministry of Trade. We need more private sector involvement to deal with the issue of acute unemployment especially among the youth.”

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54 thoughts on “I’m very much a survivor – Gwengwe”

  1. not myname says:

    where you went u learnt more than before welcome a prodigal son

  2. MTOTO WAKIUME says:


  3. Austin says:

    Welcome back!

  4. Yamikani says:

    Gwengwe is an empty tin with too much noise to endure. Please get lost useless young man.

  5. Hamu says:

    Sure we need reforms Gwengwe is right on this.

  6. nyavizwazwa says:

    It is not only Gwengwe who is a political prostitute but many. The change goal, the Chipondas etc etc. There is only one faithful person Hilda Manjamukhosi.

    Leave Sosten alone

  7. Honest Politician says:

    Pepani a Gwengwe. I do not see a political survivor in you, but rather a very unstable young man who is lacking in political wit. Please continue with doing your business for your future bread and butter.
    To MCP, never should you be fooled to give this lad any chance to contest even during primaries in the constituency where he once was representing. He will just use the party to lip-jump to another without saying ‘thank you’. Ndikadyela kamwanaka. kkkkk

  8. Joyce Hildah Banda says:

    Gwengwe you are useless and opportunist. All I did to you, you can’t appreciate. You will know me.
    Ask your friend Raph. I am Hildah ine zibwana ndilibe

  9. Thitherward 'wendo says:

    Can we blame Gwengwe? He is treading the same path as Alcibiades and Churchill. Prostitution is not just the oldest profession; it is the ONLY profession.

  10. A survivor my foot,you’re nothing but a rolling stone

  11. Gule Wamkulu says:

    Ben 10. Mwana wosapola pamchombo. Kuno ku Dedza Central, MP wathu alipo Daniel Chiwere. Iwe pitiriza uhule ndi ana apa Dzuka.

  12. Nasimango says:

    bola usadzatithawenso. ukadzachoka sitidzakulandiraso tizadziwa kuti ndiwe mnthira kuwiri

  13. CHONCHOBE says:

    akufuna u vice president Gwengwe asatipusitse amaneyu. Dyera too much mwanana ameneyo! lol

  14. phodo says:

    Gwengwe is really an opportunist. Look on his neck, it means once an orange remains an orange.. You failed mai namaloko and you want to do it again with Laza.

  15. Yankho says:


    Iwe ndi wosamva kwambiri mkulu wako anakuuza kuti usachoke mu chipani koma iwe umafuna kulanda mpando wa Obaba OTembo. You could not find Rt Hon Tembo outside MCP and expect that you can win. All your friends who defected from MCP you will feel the pinch and what you must expect is to become Branch Chairmen that,s where you must start.Kapenatu mwina ukaime Constituency ya ku Nathenje kumene kuli MP wa MCP Chidakwa uja koma za Dedza Central ndiye uyiwale. Unasokoneza anthu kwambiri ndipo ife anthu a ku Dedza central tagwirizana kuyenda chitsogolo ndi Hon Daniel Chiwere.

    I am also express my deep disappointment over the conduct of my beloved Leader Rt Hon Dr. Chakwera by blowing trumpet to these fools who divided our vote by taking our votes to PP. Had it been without these selfish people could have been in government now.

    We had to do door to door campaign so that people could not be mislead with your selfish motives.

    We have welcomed you back but please do not confuse the people of Dedza central.

  16. So you know that people want MCP. there? Tell these lomwes that the centre as a whole is for MCP no matter what you guys can be nyengereradi with.

  17. Mcp supporter says:

    Mr Chakwera this Gwengwe thing has got nothing to contribute in Mcp despite Mcp the Gwengwe family party.He is just another unprincipled youth and a political prostitute.No room for prostitutes in this era.He is just another opportunist.Dont give him any position in Mcp probably doing filing work at Mcp headquarters.He thinks he can play around with mcp supporters minds at his own whim?No this time.Things have changed in Malawi.Abwerere Ku Pp azikacheza ndi azinzake achina Ken Msonda.We don’t need him at Mcp.

  18. Analisti Wamkulu says:

    His achievement was to see Barrack Obama and hv a photo shoot with him at the Whitehouse.So Obama is godlike to this wayward youth,prodigal son Gwengwe?Koma dziko Ili ngati lingazatukuke with the mindset of the gwengwes and the other cheap politicians ndiye kayaaas????Palibe chimene chikuchitika apa.Achakwera this guy is just a time waster in Mcp.He is better off being a principal at his private schools.His friend Joyce Banda has bolted to her self imposed exile claiming to be running away for her dear life.Cheap politics as usual in Malawi.Political survivor chaninso apa.

  19. Hello! says:

    It is good that Sosten is thanking the parties that allowed him in their ranks. This is a sign of maturity on his part. Most people talk evil of their previous parties after joining another yet when they were in the parties that they have ditched, they were very vocal telling the nation that their party was the best in Malawi. All politicians who switch parties need to borrow a leaf from Gwengwe!!!

  20. political survivors are people who had undergone tough times and faced a lot of HUNT DOWNS by other politicians.yet they did not stop.and they made it till today.ie
    -Lucias banda
    -kamlepo kalua
    -bakili muluzi
    -khumbo kachali
    -usuf mwawa
    just to mention but a few.CURRENTLY YOU ARE A POLITICAL ASSYLLAM SEEKER.not a survivor.

  21. khalupa says:

    The problem is not our politicians,its with us Malawians.as we have the power to decide.we always give them power to decide for us……follow the reader style.old fashion!

  22. Chidzete iwe, Mwana opanda khalidwe, Mwana onyoza Atate wake ndi Amai ake afe ndithu, Mwana ochititsa manyazi, Obaba Otembo onanena kale kuti pamchombo pako sipanapole, Lero wavomeleza? Musiye Daniel Chiwere atumikile Anthu ku Dedza Central, Kapita uko iwe usatinyasepo apa!

  23. Lovemaniac 91 says:

    Bola zatheka, kut akulandira, udakali wathube, ku pp mpando wako ulipo. Bola osaiwala pangano. Wononga basi!

  24. Trevor Manyi says:

    Fodya eti ndale za Malawi

  25. Chinyengo says:

    The bottom line is economics, just like Atupele who seems not to find himself you just want to find which side of the bread is buttered period! political hooligans!!


  27. Chiko says:

    Kodi muti Gwengwe kapena Gwenembe, Sikusinja ndi Gwenembe in my mind, selfish guys………

  28. I don’t understand to people whom they claim themselves the well to do with academic avenues in the way they play their cards when planning to feature themselves in audience, hw can somebody with a holder of either masters or philology degree in a certain field cheap in himself to dump
    from something that brought him intoa limelight?

  29. Patriot says:

    Afana I supported you, belived you yet you were just manipulating us.
    Afana, 2 words for you: NDINU ACHITSIRU.

  30. janssen says:

    Him,Atupele represent great youth leadership which people were busy promoting before.

  31. Mwamadi says:

    Gwengwe is just useless. Moving form one party to another with no clear direction. I hope that MCP will not give him any position. Wanyoza MCP eeeh, now you are going back.
    You understanding of issues is very very narrow. How can you say government cannot create employment or move the economy further? What is holding the private sector back? What is the private sector doing in Malawi? nothing! nada! They are just getting contracts form government and eating. No development!

  32. Anawa koma! says:


  33. Nana says:

    Sosten why cant u go back to yo wyf kamwana ka xool kapa dzuka ukasiye a coward azimayi onsewa basi iwe kakaka ndi kamwana ka xool lest b assured the constituency u r eyeing misozi north u will meet Nana to shame u again come May,2019.A prostitute to hell

  34. Willie Chimseu says:


  35. barthe says:

    yea.that’s mr interface i know! mutu uli gwaaa!

  36. champion stephano says:

    amangofuna kudyera boma basi

  37. kazeze says:

    Gwengwe ndi wadyera basi, anthu a ku Dedza be careful, he damped you once and he will do it again. He is neither principled nor a statesman. Imagine, he says political parties in Malawi share similar political ideologies, what a shame. At his age he should be bringing fresh ideologies to the parties he joins so that the majority poor in Malawi can associate with his new ideologies, not zomwe zija…..!!!!, what a spent force youth, or is it a scatter brain or brain damage?

  38. NYAKWAWA says:

    Apa zakhala bwino chifukwa PP inaluza because of Running mate Gwengwe. He failed even to convince people of home soil to join him in orange colours. Shemu a Ngwembe.

    Vuto ndi loti a Dr Chakwera aja mumawanyoza pano ndi Boss wanu ndipo akukhomererani kuti mudzaluze Corcus kuopa kudzagulitsanso MCP ku zipani zina. Musova.

  39. Tim Masamba says:

    Foolish small boy with little political acumen!!!!!

  40. Daniel Phiri says:

    More like “I’m a political prostitute”

  41. Tamanda Sauka says:

    Ben 10 kkkk koma a Malawi. Munasowatu a sweet darling anga. I love ❤ you sweet ???? pangani zina tidye nawo dear

  42. Othyola Tea ku Thyolo says:

    A Gwengwe! A Gwengwe

  43. Nyoni phiri says:

    Muuze goodall za procure, umuuzenso wakula akapume

  44. Telling the Truth says:

    I listened to Gwengwe on Times Tv yesterday. It only confirmed to me why Joyce Banda lost last year. She did not have the ability to surround herself with capable people. Gwengwe came out badly. He cannot match Chilima. His contribution to MCP will be zero. He showed scanty understanding of challenges facing Malawi.

  45. GANYAVU says:

    Good deal gwengwe.

  46. Musazafulu Dums. says:

    Gwengwe ifetu ndale za ku Malawi timaziziwa kwambiri. Apapa ukunyengelera anthu a kwanu chifukwa ukuziwiratu kuti zipani zina sizinunkha kanthu kumeneko. Koma asazakuvotelenso ndiwe #HULE!

  47. Bob says:

    And a political prostitute too with a bleak future who has lost confidence from his constituent. My advice is dont get carried away with ministerial positions from ruling parties. Be satisfied with what you have.

  48. Mr gwengwe just accept that ur an idiot!!! Kamunthu ka dyela!!! Stupid man

  49. matama says:

    Zoona sostern komanso likhale phunzilo kwa ena amene amaona ngati akhoza kufika pamwamba podumpha ma step ena munthu olo utaphunzila bwanji ukafika pa ntchito umafunikanso kuphunzila momwe zinthu zimaendela . Unagwilitsidwa ntchito ndi dpp komanso pp kuchititsa manyazi makolo ako a MCP komano mapeto ake unachita manyazi ndiwe ndipo ukanadzipha ngati nzako kamanya. Udikilile nthawi yako idzakwana ndipo udikilile uli ku MCP koma ukangotengekanso nd zipani zina zopanda mazikozi kumeneko kudzakhala kutha kwako .

  50. Yatota Yatota says:

    Uyu Ben 10 angotitayitsa nthawi. He is a gold seeker. Nobody fired him from the MCP. He left the MCP voluntarily after being promised a cabinet position by DPP. Typical of DPP, they never gave him the cabinet position hence his decision to quit DPP again for PP where he got what he wanted. Now that he helped Joyce Banda to fail miserably at the polls, he joins MCP. This is greed. Total greed. Political prostitution.

  51. Mugonapamhanya says:

    Mwana opupuluma uyu. Your career ended prematurely long time ago. You will never become MP again in Dedza. Wagenda katauluka.

  52. Kodza Umuna says:

    Sosten Gwengwe is a political prostitute (PP). He has absolutely nothing to offer to Malawians, let alone his constituents who ovewhelmingly rejected him. Now he claims that he wants to help his people, which people? There is already an MP in the area who is doing a fabulous job. Go away PP Sosten Gwengwe.

  53. Lord Denning Chatsika says:

    I think not a survivor but a political nomad and fortune seeker nothing here to show difficulty and suffering yo qualify him as a survivor ask ntaba vuwa kamlepo kanyama chiume chair bakili chilima licius banda for real meaning of political survival not this Ben 10

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