Veteran politician, Gwanda Chakuamba is contemplating of joining the ruling Peoples Party (PP) in a move which is expected to help him regain control of the Lower Shire-Sena belt, Nyasa Times understands.
Reports reaching Nyasa Times indicate that the veteran politician is contemplating of joining PP after being sidelined by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) executive, despite his interest to help the party win 2014 elections.
Chakuamba, according to reports, would also want to use his position in the ruling party as a way of retaining his control of Lower Shire, which was once his sphere of influence but now Minister of Transport Sidik Mia is the political kingpin of the area.
The veteran politician, who recently rejoined MC) could not accept or dismiss the report when contacted on Monday but said has not made any contact with the ruling party’s officials yet.
He said: “I can’t say anything now. Only the future will decide”.
Commenting on current political landscape, Chakuamba said a lot has changed in the country but was quick to point out that it’s Malawians who have sole mandate to determine the future.
He said: “Political landscape has changed a lot. Things are not the same any more, but its up to Malawians to decide the course of direction the country should take. Let Malawians decide the future of their destiny”.
Chakuamba once triggered the wrath of retired MCP president, John Tembo after he declared interest to rejoin the once mighty political grouping.
PP deputy Publicity Secretary, Ken Msonda said there is no official communication from Chakuamba but the veteran politician was entitled by the Constitution to join any political grouping of his interest.
“Hon Gwanda Chakuamba is a Malawian and entitled to his Constitutional right to freedom of association. Peoples Party appreciates the role played by our political fathers who have since retired from active politics,” said Msonda.
Msonda said such people like Chakuamba deserve respect and can still play an advisory role to the head of State, President Joyce Banda but added that its the citizenry that would be in a better position to conclude the motive behind Chakuamba’s much a sudden change of heart-who retired from active politics, joined MCP and now contemplating moving to PP.
“Suffice to say that our political fathers should not take people for granted and keep on retiring from active political retirement; such moves might dent their legacy and loose the respect they so much deserve”.