Blantyre City East MP Bande joins MCP

Blantyre City East legislator  John Banda , who won the parliamentary seat on an independent ticket  in the May 21 2019 Tripartite Elections, has joined Malawi Congress Party (MCP) after ditching the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) that propelled him to prominence since 2005.

Bande (2nd from right): MCP is becoming fashionable
Mia welcoming Banda in MCP
Banda: I have joined MCP because it has earned people’s trust

Bande became the fourth MP in under a month to join MCP after Tony Ngalande of Balaka North, Eurita Mtiza Valera of Nsanje South West and Ramzan Mohammed of Nsanje South. They were all elected as independent legislators.

Welcoming Banda into MCP at Molokai Primary School in Blantyre, party deputy-president, who is also Minister of Transport and Public Works, Mohammed Sidik Mia, said “MCP has now become the most attractive party.”

Mia said Banda as a seasoned politician will strengthen MCP in the southern region.

“MCP is making inroads in the Southern Region and with Bande joining, we set to build on the momentum,” said Mia.

Bande said he joined MCP because the has earned trust and confidence of Malawians.

After the death of president Bingu wa Mutharika, Bande joined the then president Joyce Banda’s People’s Party towards the 2014 elections but he got defeated by the then DPP candidate Noel Masangwi (now UTM Party patron), who garnered 14,012 votes against Bande’s 11,015 on the PP ticket.

He then went into obscurity and resurfaced for the 2019 elections as an independent in which Bande overwhelmingly defeated DPP candidate Alex Chimwala by 25,813 to 6,479.

Bande, who has a Masters in Political Leadership obtained from the University of Liverpool, did his primary school education at St Kizito and Limbe primary schools before going to Mzimu Woyera Seminary in Chikwawa for his high school.

He later did accounting at Malawi College of Accountancy and at Polytechnic Management Centre as well as Project Management at Malawi Institute of Management.

Bande  has represented the DPP and the People’s Party and served as Cabinet Minister in several portfolios — trade and industry; lands and urban development; tourism; labour; mining and as deputy minister of information and government spokesperson.

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Jones fombe
Jones fombe
9 months ago

Bande has made good decision. Dpp kuba too much

MzikaYaMalawi
MzikaYaMalawi
9 months ago

Mia ndi akatundu, ichi ndi chiyambi chabe, zikamatha zaka zisanu akhala atakokola tima mp tonse takum’mwera
Welcome Bande!!!

mtete
mtete
9 months ago

I bet DPP is wetting it’s pants.

Kabwafu
Kabwafu
9 months ago

Kkkk…. Mia is calling himself seasoned politician who will strengthen MCP in the south. Paja how many votes did you bring to the Tonse Alliance kitty from the Lower Shire in the June 23rd 2020 presidential elections bwana “Mbuya”? Stop overrating yourself please. As APM once said, he went to the Lower Shire expecting to find a lion. Instead, he found a small cat crying ” mia, mia, mia”. The south is still solidly blue and I doubt if people can willingly change to tambala wakuda. Bande has just kissed goodbye to his parliamentary seat.

Newstead Zulu]
Newstead Zulu]
9 months ago

John Bande is a political prostitute and President Talk Talk Chakwera is busy turning himself into taking to Brothel Keeper and MCP in the business of running a brothel.This is bad for President Talk Talk Chakwera, it is bad for MCP and it is Bad for Malawi’s democracy. STOP POLITICAL PROSTITUTION IMPLEMENT SECTION 65

Last edited 9 months ago by Newstead Zulu]
James mpata
James mpata
9 months ago

Mighty what? That mighty is getting self dismantled in Mangochi as we speak.

Chilima
Chilima
9 months ago

Dead wood good u moved on we did not want anyway…

Zoooona Zake
Zoooona Zake
9 months ago

Hope this is not the end of political career. Last time he did the same, he dumped DPP and join PP and the people in his constituency were not happy with and he was shown an exit door. This time he contested as an independent MP and that is the reason he carried the day and many people voted for him out of sympathy as the time of voting the guy was bedridden. It is like an independent MP in Kasiya joining DPP and think that his political career is on right path

Zoooona Zake
Zoooona Zake
9 months ago

Hope this is not the end of his political career

Changalikandu Pwagu
Changalikandu Pwagu
9 months ago

The demise of our democracy is coming hard and fast. Our tax payer funds are being used to woo these unprincipled fortune seekers. There is no gain to be had from these political harlots. They’ve nothing to offer Malawians, let alone the party they’re joining, so why is MCP celebrating them? I see that the one who is irchestrating these defections is the Chief Political Harlot himself – Mohamed Sidik Mia. Who believes this clown?

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