As the opposition Malawi Congress Party’s national convention is nigh, Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) president Felix Jumbe has announced his resignation from the association and has since revealed his intention to contest for MCP presidency.
Jumbe made the revelation at a news conference he held in Lilongwe on Wednesday night.
“I have resigned from my position of president for FUM. I will be contesting for MCP president post at the forthcoming convention,” said Jumbe.
“Amongst my orientation I still see MCP having fundamentals that are right,” said Jumbe.
He said the intention to run for MCP presidency mark his entry into front-line politics and that he will also be seeking nomination to run for a parliamentary seat for Salima central in next year’s elections if his presidential bid fails.
Jumbe said he was geared to contribute to the MCP renaissance.
He becomes the second high profile figure this week after Assemblies of God President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera to announce the intention of competing for the high rank of MCP.
The development brings the number of people to compete for MCP presidency to four.
They include lawmaker Edwin Banda and incumbent secretary-general Chris Daza.
Meanwhile, the party is still looking for funds to meet a K15 million budget that has been drawn for the convention scheduled for April 27 to 29 at the Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe.