Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has made it into a list of six people to watch in 2014 in Southern Africa.
Accoridng to the Friday issue of The African Report, Chakwera, with an outside chance, has flung the election race wide open ahead of the May 20 polls. http://www.theafricareport.com/Southern-Africa/sa.html
Chakwera, a former president of the Malawi Assemblies of God, became leader of Malawi’s oldest party in August through a convention.
“Despite its popularity in the populous Central Region, MCP did not have a strong chance of a high turnout until Chakwera brought some new life to the race,” reads the report.
Chakwera faces stern test from other presidential candidates in the May 20 polls, including the incumbent President Joyce Banda. At least 16 presidential candidates have collected nomination forms.
Other people that have made the list are Zambian Patriotic Front secretary general Wynter Kabimba who is fighting to unseat President Michael Sata in the party.
Zimbabwean John Magudya the group chief executive of CBZ, Zimbabwe’s largest bank, who is touted to succeed central bank governor Gedion Gono has also made the list.
Others are South Africa’s Mzwandile Masina, who took over the leadership of the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League from Julius Malema, Mozambican Margarida Talapa and Angolan art ambassador Edson Chagas have completed the list.