Richard Msowoya: The next second vice President for Malawi

24 04 2009

If MCP wins the May 19 elections then former Minister in President Bingu wa Mutharika’s administration Richard Msowoya is expected to be the third powerful man in the country as the second vice president, a position only held by late Chakufwa Chihana.

 

Actually the position was specially created and the constitution amended for Chihana as one of the tactics by Bakili Muluzi to ease the pressure of his minority government after the 1999 elections.

 

MCP had already shown interest in Msowoya when the party’s president John Tembo wanted him as his running mate only to be stopped by the Nkhoma Synod of the CCAP but now Tembo has put it to UDF that if their alliance wins then Msowoya should be considered as the second vice president.

 

MCP is still currently in negotiations with the UDF on the strategy they will use to oust Bingu wa Mutharika out of State House and how they will share the spoils if their alliance wins.

 

Sources within the MCP disclosed that the party’s President John Tembo has already discussed with his top senior party officials on the proposal and has presented it to the UDF for consideration.

 

MCP spokesperson Ishmael Chafukira while declining to go into details of what is being discussed confirmed this week that the MCP is gunning to have someone from the north as second vice president when the alliance wins the May 19 elections.

 

“Naming the running mate is the prerogative of the presidential candidate and naming the second vice president is the prerogative of the president. In this case that prerogative to decide who will be the second vice president lies with the President (Tembo),” he said.

 

However, Chafukira added: “But the fact of the matter is that it is indeed true that MCP would want to have the second vice presidency to go to the north. We believe Malawi is one country and that such position should be spread evenly. That is our thinking.”

 

He said this will likely be reflected in the memorandum of understanding (MOU) to be signed between the MCP and the UDF once the negotiations are through.

 

“We are still negotiating as a technical committee. We have not yet come to a conclusion yet,” said Chafukira, when asked to confirm if Tembo has indeed proposed the name of Msowoya.

 

Sources in the MCP said Tembo had a meeting with some of the members of the technical committee members from his party last Saturday at his Nyambadwe residence in Blantyre where he told them that Msowoya is slated for the position of the second vice president.

 

The source said Tembo said it would not make sense to leave out the north when the president is from the centre and the vice president (Brown Mpinganjira) is from the south.

 

UDF spokesperson Rob Jameison said since the negotiations have not yet been finalised it would be “speculative and very dangerous to make any comments on what is being discussed.”

 

Msowoya himself said he has not been communicated of this ‘good news’ to him.

 

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