It seems Malawi’s Opposition Leader and veteran politician John Tembo is salivating at the possibility of becoming the country’s third in command as second vice president.
He has become the latest high ranking politician to throw their weight behind the new President Joyce Banda and has not hidden anything to imagination on how he will jump to grab the position of the second vice president if thrown his way.
Tembo, the main opposition MCP President, told a rally in Mchinji District that he will stand and defend Banda’s People’s Party if some elements of the past want to frustrate her.
In an interview with the country’s leading daily newspaper The Nation he said: “What I have said publicly is that the PP policies and those of the MCP are similar. Her Excellency when she was vice President, stood with us in the opposition when we faced challenges against the regime; therefore I am reiterating my support to the PP which has always been there.”
Tembo admitted that he has met Banda three times but could not say what has been discussed so far.
Asked on the possibility of him appointed second vice president Tembo said accepting the position would not kill the opposition as others have speculated.
“It is not where you sit that should make one’s opposing views. We oppose issues and programmes and not people or for the sake of opposing. Even if the MCP joins government, it will continue providing opposing views where it does not agree with government,” he said.
Many see Tembo’s stand as his last attempt to get closer to power after his failed two attempts to contest as MCP presidential candidate and with age not being on his side.