Opposition MPs in Malawi refuse president Joyce Banda’s job offers

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Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) leader John Tembo and four other senior members of the opposition party turned down the offer by President Joyce Banda to be included in the recent re-organised cabinet, Nyasa Times understands. See story here

Government insiders and MCP sources have collaborated that President Banda approached the opposition leadership to offer some of their members to join a new cabinet but they rejected.

According to sources, Tembo – Malawi’s longest serving legislator- was offered the vacant position of Second-Vice President.

The offer of cabinet positions was also extended to MCP’s front-line troops who include lawmakers Joseph Njobvuyalema, Lingston Belekanyama, Jean Sendeza and Makala Ngozo.

MCP lawmakers declined to comment when asked about the issue, saying they were not mandated to speak to the media.

“It is however true that we turned down the cabinet posts because MCP and PP (ruling People’s Party) we differ in our ideologies,” said an MCP official.

The MCP official said “it is better for us to assist government in other foras and not in cabinet when we have different policies.”

A government source told Nyasa Times that President Banda offered MCP five cabinet posts but the party leadership flatly turned it down.

But official spokespersons of government could not formally confirm the issue, saying the cabinet appointments are a prerogative of the President.

Tembo has had a soft spot of the Banda government and is on record asking Malawians to give the President “time to correct the mess” left by the DPP regime led by late president Bingu wa Mutharika.

He is however on record describing the PP government like a Kraal housing mixed species of very different animals.

Tembo said PP is like a “kraal housing lions, goats, ducks, cattle, and pigs all in the same place” in apparent reference to recycled politicians who defected from other parties to joing it when Banda formed government.

President Banda took office in April following the sudden death of President Mutharika.

 

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27 Responses to Opposition MPs in Malawi refuse president Joyce Banda’s job offers

  1. good show malawi! it must be noted however that even in zambia such calibre exists especially the upnd mps and i know some mmd mps who cannot be bought with silver e.g. musokotwane, chituwo, kaingu etc. it is impressive that in the upnd despite frantic efforts by mcs & his pf so far no mp has been poached. keep it up gallant men.

    satana 'no' - December 11, 2012
    20:26

  2. True peoples representatives unlike our zambian mps who are after which side of their bread is buttered

    samuel chipwende - December 11, 2012
    18:51

  3. STOOGE BOZ, YOU ARE RUSHING TO LAY YOUR HANDS ON MMD’S 4 BILLION BUT TURNING A BLIND EYE TO THE DEBT THE NCHITO’S OWE DBZ WHICH MIGHT EVEN RECOIL BACK TO YOUR DESKS. HYPOCRITES, DONT SWAY PEOPLES ATTENTION FROM THE ACC-KABIMBA TIFF AND THE THE OTHER ISSUES SUCH AS THE NCHITO DEBT, IN ANY CASE WHERE WERE YOU ALL THIS TIME AND NOW THAT YOU HAVE BEEN ACCUSED OF CHEWING ACCESS FINANCE’S MONEY YOU WANT TO BARK THE LOUDEST!

    THINKU - December 11, 2012
    15:35

    • SORI BRETHREN WRONG SUBJECT TO THROW THIS COMMENT AT BUT I DIDN’T FOR SURE WANT TO FORGET THE ABOVE THOT. NAMULAMBE THE WEAK LINK, LEARN A THING OR TWO FROM THE ACHIMWENES, THEY HAVE CHARACTER AND NOT YOUR BELLY POLITICS,

      THINKU - December 11, 2012
      15:39

  4. A worthy example to emulate by an principled MP.

    Honest - December 11, 2012
    14:31

  5. Most of our NPs (Nothing for the People) have no morals; their morals are in their bellies. These Malawian MPs refused the jobs because of ideological differences. What a breath of fresh air!

    Ulemu ni Wabwino - December 11, 2012
    14:15

  6. Amai Banda is a homo-sexual embracer who should not be supported.

    kangwa - December 11, 2012
    14:11

  7. At least Joice Banda offered them top cabinet posts including that of second VEEP unlike our undisciplined MMD MPs who were lured just for Deputy Minister’s positions.

    Melu - December 11, 2012
    13:58

    • they are serving their bellies. no principles at all, NM must clean up MMD and get rid of corrupt and selfish MPs like all those appointed as depute ministers, kachi type, namulambe. I like mps like M,Kaingu who can not be easily bot

      wapazed - December 11, 2012
      18:49

  8. That is not been principled, unpatriotic.Foolish achimwene

    Bomba - December 11, 2012
    13:49

  9. Zambian MPs should learn from their colleagues in Malawi. It is not right to be a political prostitute because of money. People voted for you to serve them and not to enrich yourselves.

    Semuel - December 11, 2012
    13:40

  10. Principled MPs not the masumbaz of zambia

    Manjume - December 11, 2012
    13:29

  11. It is sad indeed to read articles like this in our neighbouring country and yet see the exact opposite happening in our country. A country we all want to believe is more civilised than many of our neighbours. Political affiliation should be rooted in ideology based on principles and not not “opportunity” based on selfishness. When you have different idiologies (which should mean difference in policy), you cannot go and join another party in the name of bringing “development”.
    Zambians need to learn the value of democracy and how to use their power to control politicians in the land. When a leader exhibits such selfishness as joining another political party especially one that is in Govt, they should be denounced by the people and if they are serving MP’s they should be taught a lesson at any subsequent by-election. That is the only way we are going to start cleaning up our politics.

  12. Big up malawians. Good manners.

    Tswana - December 11, 2012
    13:14

  13. UPND Ni zeeee, same principles

    TC - December 11, 2012
    13:12

  14. Atleast we have some princepled MPs in UPND.if those MPs were in zambian,sakeni would have called them bitter,mmembe would have called them tribalist and there party a regional party and andeleki would have straight away deregisterd there party.sata would deny them permits to hold rallies.thumbs up

    Mr Kiss - December 11, 2012
    12:56

  15. Atleast we have some princepled MPs in UPND.if those MPs were in zambian,sakeni would have called them bitter,mmembe would have called them tribalist and there party a regional party and andeleki would have straight away deregisterd there party.sata would deny them permits to hold rallies

    Mr Kiss - December 11, 2012
    12:56

  16. Atleast we have some princepled MPs in UPND.if those MPs were in zambian,sakeni would have called them bitter,mmembe would have called them tribalist and there party a regional party and andeleki would have straight away deregisterd there party

    Mr Kiss - December 11, 2012
    12:55

  17. Ati “kraal housing lions, goats, ducks, cattle, and pigs all in the same place” sounds familiar Mwee!!!!!

    Kaliza - December 11, 2012
    12:33

  18. Let them invite Lameck Mangani and Mike Mulongoti to take up those positions. kikikikikiki ba Mangani after ditching your party you decided to support pf with hope of being rewarded but hey, you touched the tail of a cobra which has hit you back while Mulongot was spited on by the cobra such that he complained bitterly.
    Brave Mulongoti is forming his own party, please remember your colleague Mangani and accord him the veep position and recall the vocallist Mpombo to support including patrick mwanawasa.kikikikiki.

    chocholi dofey - December 11, 2012
    12:31

  19. You are a very good example of demoncrats Malawian legislators your Zambian counterparts are well known sellouts, greedy, selfish, pompous, unproffessional and unprincipled politicians.

    Mzee hekima - December 11, 2012
    12:07

  20. Thats how politics are, others are just after money but others are after serving there country.zambians lets learn something from malawi,not ba nawakwi she is after money.

    EZRON - December 11, 2012
    12:03

  21. VERY PRINCIPLED MPs WISH ZAMBIAN COUNTERPART CAN COPE FROM THEM. THEY HAVE DONE THAT FOR THEIR GENERATION TO COME NOT OUR ZAMBIAN SILLY MPs. THEY ALWAYS WANT EVERYTHING FREE ON THEIR TABLE SHAME ON THEM.

    BUT TIME WILL COME WHEN THEY WILL CRY ONE DAY. PF ALLOW OPPOSITION TO HOLD RALLIES PLEASE WE BEG YOU. IF ELECTION WERE HELD TODAY THAT WILL MAKE U LOSE ELECTIONS WITHOUT ANY DOUBTS.

    Kams in Kitwe Town - December 11, 2012
    11:45

  22. THOSE ARE PRINCIPLED MPs NOT OURS WHO ARE THERE TO MAKE MONEY HOPE THEY READ THIS STORY VERY NICE INDEED. THEY ARE DOING WHAT THEY HAVE DONE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THEIR GENERATION TO COME NOT BEING SELFISH LIKE ZAMBIAN MPs. DEMOCRACY IN ZAMBIAN IS ROTTEN. THATS WHY THEY ARE AFRAID OF DETAINING PEOPLE WHO HAVE DIFFERENT VIEWS FROM THEM.

    BUT TIME IS THE BEST JUDGE. I PERSONALLY VOTED FOR PF BUT HATE WHAT THEY ARE DOING RIGHT NOW. LET THE OPPOSITION HOLD THEIR RALLIES IF THEY SO WISH WHATS THE PROBLEM? IF ELECTIONS WERE HELD TODAY I DO NOT THINK PF WILL GO THROUGH.

    Kams in Kitwe Town - December 11, 2012
    11:42

    • THAT JOHN TEMBO DEAR WAS THE VICE TO KAMUZU, THE GUY IS NOT PRINCIPLED, USED TO KILL HIS FELLOW MALAWIANS WITH KAMUZU, THIS WHY THE MAN CANNOT WIN ELECTIONS IN THAT COUNTRY.

      RB - December 11, 2012
      15:23

  23. Zambians are docile, says Sata. Malawaians are principled.

    ZK - December 11, 2012
    11:41

  24. thumbs up to principled opposition mps of malawi.those are the true politicians not zambian opposition leaders a ba nsala who just want to enrich themselves shame on them.malawians are true democrats.

    SHOCKED - December 11, 2012
    11:38