Chakwera quits govt post to concentrate on MCP: He was chairman of Malawi Sports Council

Man of the moment, Rev. Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, president of the Malawi Assemblies of God, who is aspiring to lead Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has resigned from his position as chairman of Malawi National Council of Sports, Nyasa Times understands.

Chakwera was appointed into the Sports Council board by President Joyce Banda last year.

But sources told Nyasa Times, the ‘man of God’ has resigned to concentrate on his new political career.

The board has other members who include Emmanuel Gondwe, Wilma Chalulu, Grace Thipa, Dean Pinto, Gwynyth Chisale, Gibson Mkanda, Yasin Osman, Khrishna Atchutan and Julius Mithi.

Rev Chakwela: Aspiring to lead MCP
Rev Chakwela: Aspiring to lead MCP

Chakwera said recently when he appeared on Straight Talk on Malawi’s Capital Radio that he’s well qualified to lead the people of Malawi considering his sound leadership experience nationally and internationally

He said he grew up in the village and understands the trials and tribulations the common Malawian faces.

“I’m a Malawian who grew up in the village and who knows what’s happening in my home village, and I experienced the same problems everybody is experiencing and I wanna offer to do something about it,” said Chakwera.

At the forthcoming MCP  convention which was postponed last week, Chakwera is going to face seven contestants for opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidency among them former Farmers Union of Malawi president Felix Jumbe, former MCP secretary general Betson Majoni, former cabinet minister Jodder Kanjere, retired chief justice Lovemore Munlo and party’s incumbent president and Malawi’s longest serving politician John Tembo.

During the Capital Radio’s Straight Talk, Chakwera described himself as a “young man born and bred in this country who is concerned about state, affairs and wants to offer his life to resolve some of these issues by participating in a national outcry to get things changed for the better.”

The cleric said: “I’ve always been a politician as a preacher, as an organiser, a mobiliser and a person who works with people.”

Chakwera said he is also going to resign as president of Malawi Assemblies of God  at the appropriate time to concentrate on politics and added that he’s still God’s minister who is going to serve God’s people in a different context other than the church.

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