Gwengwe takes a bow out of frontline politics

Former minister of Industry and Trade, who was also People’s Party (PP) running mate in the May 20 Tripartite Elections, Sosten Gwengwe, has confirmed he was quitting frontline politics.

Gwengwe, who lost his Dedza Central parliamentary seat to Malawi Congress Party’s (MCP) Daniel Chiwere, said he needs to recharge his batteries away from frontline politics and “reflect.”

Gwengwe:  Quits front line politics
Gwengwe: Quits front line politics

“I am out of Parliament and frontline politics, so people should not expect much from me,” said Gwengwe.

The 37-year-old politician christened by many as “Ben 10” did not rule out a return at some stage.

Gwengwe paid tribute to former president Joyce Banda, saying he was “ grateful” to Banda for giving him the opportunity to serve as minister , third in command in her government, picking him as running mate and “when she took me to the White House to meet US President Barack Obama.”

By stepping back from front-line politics, Gwengwe said he would be able to spend more time with his family at Nathenje and think about his future direction.

Gwengwe has been MCP , DPP and later joined PP.

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