Rev. Chakwera for Malawi Congress Party presidency: ‘To offer transformative leadership’

Assemblies of God president Reverend Dr Lazarus Chakwera has confirmed that he is considering to run for Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidency, according to his document, titled Why I offer my service to the nation.

MCP, which ruled the country from independence in 1964 to the dawn of plural politics in 1994, holds a national convention from April 27 to 29 at Natural Resource College (NRC) in Lilongwe.

The convention is expected to elect MCP president who will lead the party in the 2014 presidential race.

Chakwera, 58, said he believes he has “unique competencies, charisma and character that can more fully represent the new face of hope and the future that Malawians long for.”

Rev Dr Chakwera: For MCP presidency

Rev Dr Chakwera: For MCP presidency

He added: “I believe that I represent the kind of transformational leadership that Malawi needs to stir her from the seeming vicious cycle of mediocrity, corruption, nepotism and politics of subsistence to high levels of excellence, integrity, unity and abundance for all.”

The respectable religious leader has briefed MCP president John Tembo on his ambition to contest.

Unlike other aspirants who in the past have attacked Tembo, the ‘Man of God’ hailed the veteran politician, describing him as a “democrat.”

Nation on Sunday quoted Chancellor College political scientist Joseph Chunga saying Rev. Chakwera provides the kind of leadership Malawi needs.

“Absolutely! I think he would be the right person because most of the current recycled politicians are trapped by old-styled politics. They cannot offer a new direction that this country seriously needs.

“Malawi needs leaders who can serve with integrity and who are prepared to part ways with the mindset characteristic of the current politicians. I think he is one of few who are capable of this,” said Chunga as quoted by the paper.

So far four new names have been linked to the race after two declared their interest to run for presidency.

MCP secretary general Chris Daza and Nkhotakota Central Member of Parliament Edwin Banda expressed interest to run for presidency

Other names emerging include Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) President Felix Jumbe Richard Msowoya, who once served as Minister of Education during the DPP regime, and Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo.

MCP spokesman Jolly Kalelo said the party “will give Malawi a leader they will love and admire.”

Chakwera credentials

Chakwera, who comes from Lilongwe, holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Malawi; Bachelor of Theology (Hons) from University of the North, Sovenga, South Africa; Master of Theology from University of South Africa and a PhD from Trinity International University in USA.

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