Chakwera says MCP’s risks of losing headquarter driven by political motive: Hits at DPP

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Dr Lazarus Chakwera who is also leader of opposition in Parliament, on Thursday said he feels there is a political motive over the way how Lilongwe City Council is pushing alleged K265 million city rates which the council claims MCP owes them.

Chakwera addressing a news conference at MCP headquarters

Chakwera addressing a news conference at MCP headquarters

Chakwera was addressing a news conference at the party headquarters in Lilongwe and said it is surprising that up to now the party has not received summons over the same.

“We are just hearing from the media the council officials have not come to us over the same,” said Chakwera.

Chakwera said MCP the legal team led by its party secretary general Gustav Kaliwo is working on the matter.

“As a party we are not worried and the truth will be known,” said Chakwera.

Chakwera stressed MCP could not lose the building due to such a little anomaly and asked its supporters must remain calm.

The opposition leader also attacked the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) on governance and condemned  its Secretary General Ecklen Kudontoni who during a meeting he addressed in Mzuzu had called on CEOs of statutory corporations to support the DPP.

“I condemned in very strong terms those unfortunate remarks and called for a retraction of such undemocratic statements. I asked the DPP leadership to censure the official unless the statements reflected the thinking of the leadership of the party at the highest level,” said Chakwera.

“In typical fashion of the DPP instead of retracting the remarks or censoring the Secretary General, a claim is now being made that the Secretary General was misunderstood or misquoted. It is most unfortunate, in my view, that the blame is now being placed on the media.

“I repeat my demand that there must be an unequivocal retraction of those unfortunate statements. If the DPP insists that the Secretary General was misunderstood then I demand that the DPP must make available to Malawians the complete recording or full transcript of what the Secretary General said so that all Malawians can hear for themselves what the Secretary General said and judge for themselves if what was said is proper,” continued Chakwera.

But President Peter Mutharika on Wednesday disassociated himself from remarks made by Kudontoni.

Mutharika has asked government officials and DPP members to refrain from making comments that mischaracterise the views of the Head of State and the beliefs of the DPP with regard to how Malawi must move forward.

The presidency assured that the policy of the Mutharika administration to separate between functions of State and partisan politics has not changed.

But Chakwera said the statement issued by the President “falls short of condemning the official, it would have been even better to be told that the individual was summoned and censured instead of just generalizing.”

Chancellor College associate professor of political science Blessings Chinsinga said civil servants should not be victimised for not supporting DPP.

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Mbwiye
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KODI AMALAWI 2019 TIZAVOTELE CHIPANI CHOSALIPIRA NGONGOLE? A MCP PANGANI MANYAZI MUBWEZE NGONGOLE. KODI SIMUNAIWALEBE KUKONDA ZA ULERE?

Malawian
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The question which the MCP president should answer are; Does your party pay city rates? Is paying city rates a political issue? Are you suggesting that all of us should stop paying city rates as long as we can hire a lawyer?

wakummawa mario
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kodi mwaiwala? Lazarotu ndi mbava inathawa ku church kuopa kuyaluka.kungoti ampingo amuumire mtima ameneyu mpaka ku ndende atha kukalowa.so a Lazaro u better shut ur big mouth and stop talking about DPP..DPP and MCP were all outside govt only DPP managed to rise and beat PP. Where were u? Sumadzawinanso mpaka kale kale Chair anakuuzani kale.

Anzathu
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a MCP pliz lipilani. palibe nkhani ya ndale apa. Nthawi yonseyi mumadikira kuti akukumbutseni. Akapandanso kukhoza misewu mudziti boma la DPP lalephera chitukuko. SHAME ON U MCP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mbwiye
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ANAZOLOWELA KULANDA ZAMA CARD, NG’OMBE ZA ENI AKE, KUTENGA FERTILISER WA ULELE KU ADMARC, MWINANSO BANK YA MSB AKUKANIZA KUGULITSA KULI NGONGOLE ZA MCP AKUOPA IKAGULISIDWA AUMILIZIDWA KUBWEZA. THE PARTY OF DARKNESS, MUBWEZE NGONGOLE KU CITY KUTI ATUKULIRE MZINDA WA LILONGWE. A CITY AKULEPHERA KULIPIRA ANTCHITO CHIFUKWA CHA AGALU INU. A CITY AKULEPHERA KUKONZA MISEU CHIFUKWA CHA AGALU INU. A CITY AKULEPHERA KUIKA MGETSI M’MISEU CHIFUKWA CHA AGALU INU. A CITY MUGULITSE KATUNDU WA ALIYENSE WOSALIPIRA MA RATES KUTI MUZILIPILIRA MALIPIRO A MAKHANSALA MUSAWALEKELERE AGALU AMENEWA, ANAZOLOWERA KUDYA ZA ULERE, NDI CHIFUKWA CHACHE AMAKANA MATIPATE NKUMATI NDI NKHONDO CHONSECHO AKUFUNA… Read more »
Dre nkhwazie
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A city council nthawi yonsei munali kuti?mukubwela pano throu the media nkupeleka 30 dys!kodi a LL city council xool yanu munkaphuzila zichani?

Proff. Centvinnie
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Comment. I hope they have the receipts they last pay the bills. They should start adding the bill from then up to date and negociate from there.

Zaya pokosa
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Mcp is not a dead party like other parties live us we will sot out zitsilu inu eti.

A Tonga Mba- vyo
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There is indeed an invisible DPP force behind all this issue. Why is the City being hash on MCP only when most residents at Area 25 sector 3,4,5,6,7,8, Area 23, 43 and 44 have huge arrears including the City officials who have Cash gate like mansions but they are paying no city rates.

big thought
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I know that MCP is very accountable on everything they will pay the bills. It was an oversight as they were busy with campaign to be in government. Now they will concentrate on the paying back the bills. We lost the donor support and with these huge sums can support our national budget.

How about the bills from the properties in other cities and towns? Please reconcile properly and pay.

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