JZU Tembo says ‘indeed  it’s an honour’ to see MCP back in power

A retired politician and longest serving leader of opposition John Zenus Ungapake Tembo on Sunday made a rare public appearance when the unveiling ceremony of  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader Lazarus Chakwera as the country’s sixth President.

MCP Secretary General Elsienhower Mkaka welcomes the former president of MCP John Tembo at the Swearing in ceremony -pic by Lisa Kadango
Some of the highlights at the swearing in ceremony for the 6th President of the Republic of Malawi-pics by Lisa Kadango
Some of the highlights at the swearing in ceremony for the 6th President of the Republic of Malawi-pics by Lisa Kadango

Tembo—who twice failed to win the presidency—arrived at the venue holding a cane in his right hand while someone held his left hand to aid his movement.

His niece and former official government hostess during Kamuzu era, Mama Cecilia Kadzamira, was also in attendance at Malawi Square within Umodzi Park in Lilongwe which also hosts Bingu International Convention Centre and The President’s  Hotel .

“I am very, very happy to be part of this historic ceremony,” said Tembo who retired  from active politics in October 2013 when he was succeeded as Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader by Chakwera.

“Power has gone back to MCP,” he added.

MCP is Malawi’s founding party and Chakwera’s win brings it back into power after 26 years in opposition.

Tembo  said he retired from his position as president of MCP at the convention of the party and handed over the mantle to Chakwera and trusted him  to take the party back to power.

“MCP has been a victim of rigging in elections. I am happy this election was credible,” said Tembo.

“It’s indeed an honour to be part of this history,” he said.

Former speaker of Parliament and veteran MCP politician Louis Chimango also said he was filled with joy to see the party back in the seat of power.

He pointed out that MCP is the oldest political party in the country that was stated by very committed politician late Ngwazi Dr Hastings Kamuzu Banda and he laid very solid foundation.

“The solid foundation for MCP is there now and it will continue to be there in the future,” he said.

However, despite that people voted for Chakwera on MCP ticket and symbols,  he was  torchbearer of the nine-party Tonse Alliance which had UTM Party’s Saulos Chilima as running mate.

MCP  was voted out of power in the first post-independence multiparty general elections in May 1994.

Under Kamuzu,  MCP operating in a one-party State, had the record of terror, but Chakwera acknowledged that dark past and the struggle that Malawians fought to earn democracy.

In his speech,  President Chakwera described the country’s freedom from colonialism and one party system as of no use if the citizens still languish in poverty, tribalism, corruption and other vices.

He said Malawi’s struggle for independence and multiparty democracy was not just to set the people free but also accord them shared prosperity.

“When the founders of Malawi emerged from the womb of the great struggle that birthed our independence in 1964, the dream was not merely for us to be freed from oppression.

“And when their children marched against the one-party state to birth democracy in 1993, the dream was not merely for us to be freed from tyranny,” he said.

“For what use is freedom from oppression if you are a slave to starvation? Of what use is freedom from colonialism if you are a slave to tribalism?

“Of what use is freedom from tyranny if you are a slave of poverty?” wondered Chakwera—a former Malawi Assemblies of God president who quit the pulpit to join active politics in 2013— amid ululation from the mammoth crowd that gathered at the ceremony.

There is much more to be done in the coming years in terms of health, education in as far as infrastructure is concerned and unemployment.

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Charles
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Charles

It is not MCP that won but TONSE alliance! MCP would not have won on its own but thanks to Chilima’s aggressive campaigning and his UTM.

Mwini muzi.
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“Power has gone back to MCP” This is all about MCP praises from this renowned master mind of MCP atrocities who misled her niece also in attendance. Keep on repenting; God is indeed so good to have left both of you still alive today.

Pindani
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Pindani

What happened was nothing but a judicial coup by MCP.

Sikelo Gonani
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Sikelo Gonani

Long live our president, long live all our MCP stalwarts, and long live Malawi Nation

HARDCORE FEDERALISM SUPPORTER
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I want to tell the MCP that it wasn’t them alone who won the rerun presidential election, but Saulos Chilima contributed a lot. More credit must go to him. If he was someone else he could have stood by himself, but he didn’t. Today the MCP has started flying its own flag claiming they won. What about UTM? Here are the mistakes the DPP and UDF made. Atupele Muluzi is so ambitious to become the president of Malawi forgetting the winning formula. If Chimuntho Banda was Peter Hitler Mutharika running mate they could have carried the North. DPP and UDF… Read more »

Alfred Minjo
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Alfred Minjo

Za nkutu!

Wa Nick
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Wa Nick

Zopanda pake izu

Cairo
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Cairo

Za zii, I just wasted my time reading yr article, at least mmpaka pa middle apo, unalembako zanzeru.

Jinga
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Jinga

Truth be told that if Tembo was heading the Tonse alliance, sitinakamuvotera!!

We salute our new leaders: let the work begin. Malawi wokomera TONSE.

Matako village
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Matako village

MCP NEC members championed by moreen Bondo should not claim the ownership of victory today because this is a collective efforts from all walks of life.Moreen is a direct cousin to chakwela and should stop dameging chakwelas name.DPP has seen exit door bcoz of the same arogancy

FORGIVE THEM
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FORGIVE THEM

Give us the evidence, we’ll happily oblige

Mavuto
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Mavuto

Skc can you also take john tembo to the Hague? This man took so many lives and should not be receiving red carpet treatment

Kamwendo mnjira
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Kamwendo mnjira

I dont believe Chakwera really grew up in the rural village as he says; if its true then he is a traitor; Coming from the rural village and celebrate abolishing of education access quota does not make sense. Shame.

Mtondoli Jonazi
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Mtondoli Jonazi

I am not really following your argument. Would you please care to elaborate? We need to start having sober conversations on fora like this so we can help build a new, better, inclusive Malawi. We have the skills and capacity, we just need the will and patriotism required to move forward. The conduct of the fresh presidential elections is just one good example of this. To put it in perspective, I am from the North and I just happened to be one of the second batch of people that started getting affected by the quota system way back in 1991.… Read more »

Lego
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Are we commenting on the article above or we are off line?

Victory Mhango
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Victory Mhango

I think my brethren are offline. Let us build the new Malawi. If Peter Mutharika was president in one party system, I just can’t imagine where Malawi could have been today, theft, tribal wars etc, so please let
us forget about the past and strive to build the new Malawi

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