The cracks in Malawi Congress Party (MCP) continue to widen each passing day and Administrative Secretary Potipher Chidaya’s beating on Wednesday might just be the beginning of a long violent spree by the oldest political party.
Chidaya was beaten by party officials at the MCP Southern Region headquarters in Blantyre during a meeting he convened to try and iron out the deep differences that have emerged in the rank and file of the party’s southern region chapter.
He was rushed to Queen Elizabeth Hospital draped in his own blood after the battering.
Chidaya is reportedly in the intensive care unit (ICU) battling for his life together with regional director for women.
Ironically, it is the same hospital among several other public facilities his party president Lazarous Chakwera said in parliament recently was in disarray and dysfunctional yet it just served life of top MCP official.
For several months now, MCP Southern Region chapter has seen many resignations of the top tier to what they call nepotism and lack of direction by leadership.
Many positions that were given to the region in the National Executive Committee (NEC) in 2013 have since been withdrawn and handed to members from Lilongwe and Dedza, a development that has vindicated fears that MCP is regionalistic.
On the national front, just in the past three months, district chairmen across the country petitioned party leader, Chakwera, to call for a convention where his leadership is expected to be put under heavy scrutiny.
The party’s district chairmanship wants a new leader to replace Chakwera at the helm.
In trying to consolidate power, Chakwera has resorted to demoting or firing members from the NEC.
Latest and notable victims of this ploy are legislators, Felix Jumbe and Joseph Njobvuyalema.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :