Former Malawi Congress Party (MCP) top official Nancy Tembo says she will run as an independent candidate in Lilongwe city south west constituency following her losing to party primary elections which she described as sham.
Incumbent member of parliament Rhino Chiphiko, a close ally of MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera won the elections criticized by many observers as not free, fair and credible.
Speaking in the constituency on Tuesday, Tembo said she has succumbed to pressure from all sections of society in her constituency to run as an independent candidate.
“I am not leaving MCP. I am still MCP but the constituents who include the youth, women, men, traditional leaders and businessmen have asked me to represent them in parliament,” she said.
On her Facebook wall, soon after losing the election, she quoted a Portuguese writer Jose Saramango: “It is difficult to understand these people who democratically take part in elections and a referendum, but are then incapable of democratically accepting the will of the people.”
Tembo was highly connected to the former MCP president John Tembo as she is married to the former ruling party strongman’s nephew, Morgan Tembo.
Chancellor College-based political analyst Ernest Thindwa said even if candidates signed the Code of Conduct, it is practically impossible to stop them from contesting since the law allows them.
Thindwa said if losing candidates decide to compete, this will likely split the votes for the party.
MCP president Lazarus Chakwera said the controversies experienced so far are lessons and an indication that the party is competitive and attractive to many.