Malawi’s veteran politician Gwanda Chakuamba who retired from frontline politics a couple of years ago has bounced back and expressed his commitment to President Peter Mutharika and his ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which he helped found.
The veteran politician made the announcement at a developmental rally Mutharika held in Nchalo Chikwawa on Friday 8th April, 2016.
Chakuamba now 81 said he decided to attend Mutharika’s rally on Friday believing it was a good platform to thank the President for the kind gesture he showed in serving his life by sending him to a South Africa hospital for medication the time he seriously got ill.
He therefore pledged to support Mutharika and serve as a member of his party until the day he will answer God’s call.
Having recovered from his illness, Chakuamba said God has kept him alive because he has unfinished business serving the Malawi nation.
Finally, he assured Mutharika that come 2019, DPP will sweep all parliamentary seats in the lower Shire districts of Nsanje and Chikwawa.
The former minister who hails from Nsanje himself has also advised all Chiefs from the lower states to support and rally behind Mutharika and his party.
Chakuamba is among the few respected politicians who have struggled and served the country since 1960’s.
He served as a cabinet minister in various portfolios from 1960 before his arrest in 1980 as he was charged with treason by the then ruling Malawi Congress Party (MCP) in the one party state ruled by late Ngwazi Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda.
Chakuamba was released in 1993 and after Malawi attained multiparty democracy in 1994, he served as leader of opposition in parliament.
He also served as a minister in late DPP founder Bingu wa Mutharika in 2004.
In recent years, Chakuamba admitted to have been living a destitute life due to financial problems a development that led to receiving constant threats of eviction from Malawi Housing Cooperation House (MHC) in a house he was living in Chimwankhunda.
At the pick of his political career, Chakuamba was a proud owner of farms, houses in Chigumula, Mount pleasant among other areas.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :