Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president John Tembo has said Malawians can trust his party with power in 2014, saying his main opposition party ruled this country better for 31 years.
Tembo also hinted that he wants to contest in 2014 as MCP presidential candidate.
“Why s houldn’t they (Malawians) not trust me? We ruled this country better during our time. Ruling a country is not a joke,” Tembo told Zodiak Broadcasting Service political editor Pilirani Phiri during Sunday’s Tiuzeni Zoona program.
During the onterview, Tembo was asked if he was insipired by Zambia’s former opposition leader Michael Sata who last month was voted into power.
“What do you mean when you say inspired? I am happy that just a man who was despised and ridiculed here had won the elections in Zambia,” he responded.
Asked to indicate if he will contest at MCP convention, the veteran 79-year-old politician said it was not the mandate of Zodiak radio to ask him that question.
“The people of MCP will decide that. In fact let me tell you I will be able to rule this country when Pilirani Phiri leave (Ine ndizalamulira dziko lino Pilirani Phiri ukazachoka),” Tembo told the journalist rather angrily.
He then accused the anchor, Pilirani Phiri of being pro government.
“MCP can win the 2014 elections whether through me or someone. There is no DPP in the villages, people don’t want the party but you can not notice because you only attended government rallies,” alleged Tembo in his horse voice sounding old age.
Put to him if Malawians would be interested to vote for a person advanced in age like him when world over the youth are taking over, Tembo said he has the welfare of young people at heart.
“I know the problems facing the youth. I was a Minister at a tender age (30) and I know how to empoer the youth,” he said.
Pressed to comment if he would allow to be running mate to either Atupele Muluzi of UDF or Joyce Banda of People’s Party, Tembo said it was too early to speculate.
“I am very happy that Atupele has expressed interest to contest. But that is a UDF affair as of now,” said Tembo.
The leader of opposition said he has cordial relations and very good working rapport with Atupele in parliament where Atuple is deputy UDF leader.
In the interview, Tembo also indicated that when parliament starts sitting mid November the death of pro-democracy activist Robert Chasowa, a university student and the current fuel shortage will top agenda.
Tembo also disclosed that he is never in touch with President Mutharika but indicated that he talks to the former President Dr. Bakili Muluzi.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :