Mzuzu City Mayor Councillor William Mkandawire has dismissed speculations that he wants to contest as Member of Parliament for Mzuzu City on Malawi Congress Party (MCP) ticket in the 2019 tripartite elections.
Mkandawire, who recently dumped People’s Party (PP) and joined the opposition MCP, tsaid in an interview that he joined the MCP to nurture his political career.
“That is not true. I’m serving as a councillor and I’m happy with that. We serve people and whatsoever the people tell us to do, that’s what I do,” he said.
Mkandawire said he feels MCP is the only party that has shown maturity and can develop this country.
“MCP is the only party that has been there for decades without even losing its theme and popularity,” he said.
“I will continue supporting MCP and its leadership (Dr. Lazarus Chakwera) even if we remain in the opposition for years,” he added.
Mkandawire said if he continued to be in People’s Party (PP), he would not grow politically because the party is currently not strong on the ground due to lack of leadership.
“Yes we are in the opposition side, but as things are now in PP, one cannot grow politically,” he said.
The PP is rocked with leadership challenges following prolonged stay into self-exile of its leader, former State president Joyce Banda.
She left the country soon after losing 2014 presidential elections to President Arthur Peter Mutharika.
Mkandawire, who dumped PP in March 2017, was the third high profile politician to join the MCP within the period of two weeks after veteran politicians Ken Kandodo and Sidik Mia.
Political parties in the country are yet to conduct primaries in readiness for the forth coming tripartite elections in 2019.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :