Malawi Vice President Khumbo Kachali has blasted veteran politician and president of the country’s main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), John Tembo, describing him as a “coward” for clinging to the party presidency despite his old age.
The vice president alleged that 79-year-old Tembo, who is the leader opposition in Parliament, could not be trusted with leadership responsibility because age had caught up with him.
Kachali then advised the country’s longest-serving Member of Parliament to pave way for youthful and visionary leaders to guide the MCP ahead of next year’s tripartite elections.
The vice president was speaking Monday in Mchinji when he officially opened Mkanda Health Center maternity waiting shelter.
MCP is scheduled to hold its long-awaited national convention this weekend at the Natural Resources College in Lilongwe, with Tembo apparently showing interest to lead it for the third consecutive time.
But according to the party’s constitution, the outgoing president, who already filed his nomination to run and face 11 other candidates, is barred to seek a third term.
Turning to the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) President, Peter Mutharika, the vice president described him as an “impolite” leader not fit to rule the country.
He said Mutharika does not respect Malawian cultural values and urged people to refrain from voting for such leaders into positions.
“How can a normal person start scrambling for leadership, when his own elder brother is lying in state and not even a year has passed? Is that Malawian? We should vote for people who will respect culture and love their people,” Kachali said in direct reference to Mutharika whose brother Bingu, the former state president died last year.
Ironically, the senior Mutharika died in April 2012, more than a year and three months ago.
On next year’s polls, the VP called on people to register to ensure that they vote for visionary leaders in May 2014 if their areas are to develop.
However, he pleaded with the people to vote for the current leadership saying they had all the reasons to do so as it (current leadership) visionary with peoples’ interest at heart.
Kachalil said gone were times when hypocrites were trusted with leadership.
The country’s deputy leader said ever since the governing Peoples Party (PP) came into power, many things have changed for the better and will continue to change once the party reclaims power next year.
“We all know…this country faced tough times but with the visionary leadership of the state president we are now on track, so why vote for other people when we are seeing the change,” bragged Kachali.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :