MCP's John Tembo wants to stand in 2014
President of the Malawi Congress Party John Tembo says he is ready to lead the party in 2014 general elections if he is elected at the convention despite pressure.
Tembo, aged 80, is not allowed to stand for the party by the party's constitution but has so far has managed to stifle any mounting challengers to the post of president for the party.
Tembo has manoeuvred to silence and sideline the official Secretary General of the MCP Chris Daza who wants to stand for MCP presidency.
He is however facing pressure from the party’s youthful members, who are calling for his resignation as president. The MCP leader is however downplaying the calls describing them as non-procedural.
John Tembo let slip this information in an exclusive interview with Capital fm at his area 10 residence in Lilongwe. Tembo, who is also leader of the opposition in parliament, said he will follow the wishes of the party supporters at the convention.
Recently there have been indications he is inkling for the post of Second Vice President of the Republic in exchange for the MCP support to the Joyce Banda's People's Party government in Parliament.
This move however has met heavy criticism and may not materialise as Joyce Banda is set to lose much more support by making this appointment.