As the count down to the 2014 tripartite elections continues, three candidates in the opposition Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) have expressed interest to contest for the presidency at the party’s forthcoming convention.
The three are the incumbent acting president for the party Godfrey Shawa, Minister of Youth and Sports Enock Chakufwa Chihana and former Economic Planning and Development Minister Khwauli Msiska.
Chihana whose late father Chakufwa Chihana was the founder and president of the party says he is confident that he will win the contest.
He said he is ready to transform the party and make it a stronghold from the grass root level.
“I am very confident that I will be the president of the party and once I become the president I will see to it that the party is strong at grass root level. We need to have more councilors and MP’s and I am determined to make that happen,” Chihana is quoted by The Nation newspaper on Thursday.
On his part, Msiska also claim in the same paper that a majority of Aford die hard have asked him to abandon his Secretary General post and contest for the high rank of presidency.
He said: “People have been coming to me telling me it is high time I left the position of Secretary General in the hands of others and be the president of the party.”
Date for the convention is yet to be set following three consecutive postponement of the much awaited function.
Other leading opposition political parties (Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Democratic Progressive and United Democratic Front (UDF) and the ruling Peoples Party already successfully held conventions.
According to the outcome of the conventions, Atupele Muluzi will represent UDF, Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika will represent DPP, Dr Lazarus Chakwera will represent MCP while Joyce Banda will lead PP.