Blantyre City former mayor John Chikakwiya has come out of his self-imposed political sabbatical leave and has since joined the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
Chikakwiya served a jail sentence around 2004 for pocketing more than $3,000 given by a state firm to maintain city roads. He was also convicted of contempt of court, after he refused the then opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) of Brown Mpinganjira from holding a political rally in the city despite the High Court of Malawi authorising the party to hold the rally.
He was the powerful mayor who ascended to office with the sponsorship of the former ruling party, the United Democratic Front (UDF).
The jail term shattered Chikakwiya’s short lived political career.
However on Friday he emerged from the shattered political life to proclaim that the ruling DPP was the only party in Malawi which is visionary and capable of transforming the lives of people.
He was speaking at the DPP headquarters for the south in Blantyre where party regional governor Charles Mchacha formally welcomed him into the party fold.
He said the DPP is fulfilling all its campaign promises, saying this is why he had been enticed to join the ruling party.
Mchacha claimed 350 people from the opposition Malawi Congress Party and Peoples Party joined the party on a single day on Thursday.
He said the party has an open door policy.