Members of Young Politicians Union (YPU) in the opposition Malawi Congress Party, (MCP) from central region districts of Salima, Nkhotakota say they want President John Zenus Ungapake Tembo to be the party torchbearer in the next year’s tripartite elections, arguing that without him, the MCP will disintegrate.
The youthful politicians made the call at the end of a joint meeting in the lakeshore district of Salima where they also called on all those who are vying for the party’s top job to accept whatever results they get at the party’s indaba slated for this month-end.
“We’ve written the party of what we feel about the MCP presidency. We don’t want the party to go into shambles after the convention that’s why we want John Tembo to remain the leader,” said Bega Maenje, the leader of the group.
MCP’s administrative secretary Potiphar Chidaya confirmed receiving the concerns from the young politicians.
He however said the convention slated for this month end will have the powers to decide.
Besides Tembo, others presidential candidates who have submitted nomination papers are retired Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo, former Malawi Assemblies of God president the Reverend Dr Lazarus Chakwera, former Cabinet minister Jodder Kanjere and former Farmers Union of Malawi (Fum) president Felix Jumbe.
Others are former secretary general Betson Majoni, the party’s former director of political affairs Eston Kakhome, secretary general Chris Daza and Nkhotakota Central MP Edwin Banda.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :