Mutharika cheers JZU Tembo at his retirement home

 President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday  visited former Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader, John Zenasi Ungapake Tembo, at his residence at Area 10 in Lilongwe on Wednesday.

President Peter Mutharika meeting with former Malawi Congress Party President, John Tembo, in Area 10, Lilongwe on Wednesday.-photo by Stanley Makuti

But MCP Deputy Secretary General , Elsenhower Mkala said the party is surprised with the visit saying they were not  informed of the same .
Mkaka said Mutharika was supposed to know that Tembo was former MCP leader.
“As the party , we were supposed to be the first to know this and we could have sent the party officials to accompanied the the President.

 Mutharika visited Tembo immediately after presiding over the launch of ‘National Peace Policy and Commemoration of 2017 International Day of Peace’ at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in the capital city.

The President said he has very good ties with Tembo, popularly known as JZU, and that the two communicate once in a while.

The Malawi leader said he has known JZU for a long time starting from his school days at Dedza Secondary School.

“I have great respect for him dating back to secondary school when he (Tembo) had just graduated from the university. He was my student teacher but also we have been together in politics, so I just decided to come and greet him today,” he said

Mutharika said him and the likes of Finance Minister, Goodall Gondwe and Ambassador Ron Nkomba, benefitted a lot from JZU at Dedza secondary and that he was pleased to see him in good health.

“We have benefitted a lot from him and I am so pleased to have come over to see him. He looks very well and we had a wonderful conversation,” said Mutharika.

Born in 1932, Tembo is no longer in active politics having served for years as president of the MCP. He was succeeded by Reverend Dr. Lazuras Chakwera prior to 2014, tripartite elections in which Mutharika emerged victorious.

State House press office  said their chat was private  but said what happened is a sign of friendliness.

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When was the last time Chakwera visited Tembo? Just because he is married to Sadik Mia Tembo is now useless. People of Mayani are said to be addicted to anything which smells MCP obviously because of Baba Tembo. But why the loss in those bye-elections? Baba Tembo wanted to teach Chakwera a lesson. Chakwera does not know how to respect the elders. If he is not careful he will be disconnected from the whole district. This meet is not for nothing.



Cashgate Schemers

Wakupha uja akome lero? Mwanama, the visit has not been made in good faith matchona inu koma mwalemba mmadzi achule awerenga, selfish and arrogant rulers in DPP, your interest is to continue stealing from us poor Malawians. Those of you supporting this DPP policies muli ngati MUST president.

The maturity of DPP is in its silence when one Chakwera goes ranting. People in MCP are immature in politics. Somebody fooled Chakwera that for one to be a president, he should first of all be arrested. Chakwera always tries his best to dish out shit in order that he may be arrested and as such, gain some cheap popularity. DPP has squared him smartly on this one. Even if he defalcates on the road, he will just be as useless as one mad man Vincent Wandale. Kuwina by- election mpaka nkumazipopa kuti angalamulire? MCP wnot contain the campaign heat… Read more »
Ntumbuka Mwenecho

Across the hostile political divide. Zikomo Bwana.


I hope APM did not offer any benefits to JZU to weaken MCP. We hear you are chasing 11 MCP MPz so you cannot be trusted.

Definitely APM is looking for something.


Thats what we call smart politics ,,not like chakwana or chakwera,young matured politician


Mr Mkaka, the President visited Tembo as a private citizen of this country. Before he become the leader of MCP he was the private citizen of Malawi. When he was teaching at Dedza secondary school, he was doing so as a private citizen of Malawi and not as a leader of MCP.
We know Mr Mkaka was scared that Mutharika would inform Tembo that MCP, motsogozedwa ndi Chakwera, ayamba kuba madzi Ku LWB. Being a private visit, the president did not inform JZU. Koma ife timulembera kalata mkuluyu kuti akudzudzuleni musiye kuba madzi.

Ben phiri

Kunena zoona DPP sikutithandiza. Komanso MCP ndiye ilibe zokamba. Nanga pali nkhani apa? MCP President ndi ma MP Ku parliament angokamba zopanda ndi mchere omwe. Chimwendo said ‘your president is in mental hospital” koma zoona? Zithandiza chani.
MCP ikawina u president muzandifunse

Prince of Thieves

Panic button coz you want to score cheap political points, mwakhala mukumunena kuti he was the one behind the then atrocities during the one party rule pano ndiye mukhale friendly chifukwa zakuvutani, too late. Nothing will move him as he is one of most principled politicians I have ever known in Malawian politics, akanakhala odzikonda ngati enawa bwenzi pano MCP ili kulamulidwa ndi MORGAN TEMBO.

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