Ex-UDF governor south joins MCP: Mia prides himself on political experience

Former regional governor for United Democratic Front (UDF) for the south, Macdonald Symon has joined Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and has been welcome by the party’s vice president Sidik Mia in Blantyre.

Symon seen with Mia at the rally
Mia at the rally in Zomba

Symon was given a party cloth as he joined with other defectors from other parties.

“I have joined MCP because it has shown that it is well organised and ready to win the elections”,  Symon said.

UDF spokesman Ken Ndanga said the party has not been informed by Symon about the defection.

“If he has indeed joined MCP we will respect  his decision,” Ndanga told Nyasa Times.

Ndanga confirmed Symon is the former regional governor, saying he lost at the party’s convention last August when he contested as director of elections.

He said the Regional Governor post was occupied by Dorothy Masinga.

Meanwhile, Mia has said his experience as a Cabinet Minister in different portfolios and successfully running businesses are some of his strengths as runningmate for Lazarus Chakwera in the forthcoming elections and subsequently as Malawi’s Vice President when voted into power.

Speaking during a rally at Ntungulusi Primary School ground in Zomba on Wednesday, Mia said he would rather focus on the combined strength of himself and Chakwera rather than talk about the other candidates and their runningmates.

“The experiences I gained from the different ministerial positions and successfully running businesses, have prepared me for the vice presidency, “said Mia.

Political commentator, George Phiri concurred with Mia on his success as a businessman and serving in different ministerial positions but was quick to point out that success in one environment may not guarantee success everywhere.

“There are different factors that constitute to success so in this case the success of a Vice President depends on the leadership since the position is delegated and if the leader does not want to delegate certain positions maybe because he feels there will be a conflict of interest between him and his follower, it may lead to successful people failing, but this is not always the case, some are failures from the start,” said Phiri.

Phiri added that the problem is with the constitutional position of the Vice President and people  fail to excel if they are not given the opportunity.

“Unless we deal with the constitutional mandate of this office, the issue of being successful somewhere may not be translated to success in politics,” he concluded.

Mia was first elected as Member of Parliament for Nkombezi constituency in 2004 and since then he has served as Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Food Security, Deputy Minister of Mines, Natural Resources and Environment, Minister of Irrigation and Water Development as well as Minister of Transport and Public Infrastructure .

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winston msowoya
winston msowoya
2 years ago

MIA,what political experience do you have? If you have political experience,why can’t you go to your homeland and play politics there? The fact that you have preyed on misguided fools in Malawi,you think that you can rule us and betray our motherland to your fellow Muslims in the Middle East morons and killers.Some of us know that you and your wife are working for terrorist organisations in your homeland and that you are heavily controlling MCP and its leader Chakwera financially and idiologically.You have cheated the people of Mulanje of their income from their cattle,what a leadership? Tragically,you have managed… Read more »

Callister
Callister
2 years ago

MCP all the way

John Maweche
John Maweche
2 years ago

DPP A & B (UTM) with your rigging plans or not muli ndi chintchito this year with this rebranded MCP as anthu pano anapenya. Take it or leave it. Onse ankayipitsa MCP are no longer there. A DAUSI awonetseratu moyo wao woipa pa nthawi ya ulamuliro wa Kamuzu (he was one of senior members of MYP and you can not detach him from those atrocities then and he has transferred that to DPP as FISI ndi FISI pa nkhani yama albino. How on earth can he say this has not reached a crisis point of holding a vigil at State… Read more »

Apumbwa
Apumbwa
2 years ago

Kunali anthu kunja kuno a china JZU Tembo, a Gwanda Chakwamba ( eni lower shire) who we thought would bring MCP to old glory but failed miserably to win. Ndiye mutsasogoze mau

KALYOTO
KALYOTO
2 years ago

Its like hearing that my ex girlfriend has been dumped by another guy.

MCP kkkk. chipani choola.

Hatton
Hatton
2 years ago

MCP, watch out. This Mia thing is decampaigning Chakwera. Mia has been holding different ministerial positions and Chakwera has never been a cabinet minister in his entire life. Mia has been an effective businessman Even though the business is now crumbling and Chakwera has never been in business.
All that Mia is saying is that he is stronger than Chakwera.

Mr. Ibu
2 years ago
Reply to  Hatton

Nanunso a Harton kagwereni uko. You think your stupid statement will make Malawians elect DPP again?

mtete
mtete
2 years ago

MacDonald Symon is just the beginning. There are so many levelheaded Malawians in DPP, UDF, PP and several others who have realised MCP is the only solution to Malawi’s woes. They know the party is rebranded and that those that gave it a bad name left and joined DPP. The proof of their evil ways is manifested in the way their so-called cadets are being trained; the same way pre1993 MCP MYP were.

Kaliwo, Msowoya, Kabwila and others tried to destroy the party. They failed miserably.

Mr. Ibu
2 years ago
Reply to  mtete

Mtete you know what is happening in Malawi. MCP indeed will win no matter what.

Mlakaviwa
Mlakaviwa
2 years ago

Blantyre is for MCP

Peter
Peter
2 years ago

I’ve made my mind now that my vote is MCPs.

Chimulirenji
Chimulirenji
2 years ago

Who is that?? Little known like chmulirenji .. Owapikula pa Ginnery Corner?

Fatchness
Fatchness
2 years ago
Reply to  Chimulirenji

You surely were not around when atcheya was at his peak

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