Tembo declares interest to contest for MCP presidency: Malawi on the road to 2014

Tembo: To run

Tembo: To run

Veteran politician John Tembo has declared that he wants a third time lucky to lead the Malawi Congress Party (MCP)   in the 2014 tripartite elections.

Tembo said on Saturday that he will contest as president of MCP at its convention scheduled for April 27 in Lilongwe.

“I will fill the forms” for the MCP Presidency, Tembo told Zodiak Broadcasting Services.

“If some people want me to stand as president of Malawi Congress Party I will stand,” said Tembo.

Asked if he was not afraid of other contestants like Secretary General Chris Daza, Rev. Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, Edwin Banda and Felix Jumbe, the incumbent MCP leader said he was not.

Tembo welcomed the challengers describing that as “democracy.”

Chakwera, who is Malawi Assemblies of God president, on Friday, presented his nomination papers for the MCP presidential contest

MCP director of campaign Joseph Njobvuyalema said for one to contest for the party presidency, he or she should be a bona fide member of the party for at least five years, a Malawian citizen of sound education and have no criminal record.

This move is seen as a deliberate ploy to bar the charismatic man of God.

But for Tembo to contest, he will need the party to amend its constitution  as only  allows MCP president to contest only for two terms on the party’s ticket as a presidential candidate in general elections.

Tembo vied for country’s presidency on the party’s ticket in 2004 and 2009 general elections respectively.

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