DPP rejects Catholic Commission concerns on intra-party democracy

Malawi’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has rejected categorically the concerns raised by Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi (ECM) that major political parties in the country including DPP are lacking tolerance and genuine intra-party democracy, a development that is threatening the country’s democracy.

Kasaila: DPP is a political party on a civil society organisation like CCJP

Kasaila: DPP is a political party on a civil society organisation like CCJP

CCJP’s National Secretary Martin Chiphwanya said  at a news conference in Lilongwe that his organisation is concerned with the continued civil war in parties.

“It is displeasing to note that instead focusing on strategic and political issues that have a bearing on our country’s governance structures, our political parties waste time with internal squabbles and bickering,” Chiphwanya said.

But Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Francis Kasaila, who is also  DPP spokesperson dismissed CCJP’s concerns, saying  political issues should be understood politically and not as a church service.

Kasaila said DPP soes not agree with CCJP’s findings because they are a civil society organisation and DPP are a political party.

“If they want to understand issues better they need to dialogue with us because we have our own way of running a party,” Kasaila said, as quoted in the press.

But main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) conceded that they have been facing turbulence over dissenting views from all its members.

“Of course, fights derail development in any way, but let it be known that MCP is a stable party and we believe that the infights have external roots. We will sort out these issues once and for all,” said deputy secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Please share this Article if you like Email This Post Email This Post

More From the World

newest oldest most voted
Notify of

Chiphwanya talks a lot of sense. What a pity Malawi’s political parties are too blinded by greed and their small minds to see the sense in what he says.

Apao Kugola

How I wish the minister reacted wisely and not using childish analogues between a church and a political party.


The Roman Catholic church should be the last institution to talk about democracy.The church has the Pope as its leader for life.Is that democracy?


ACB please investigate escom staff who are in charge of load shedding programme, some bosses are forcing us to give power to areas where there should be load shedding,and then switch off power to areas who have already got load shedding, there is a syndicate who are making millions at Escom

Go or write a letter to ACB or send your letter without your name to news paper u think they will be happy to review this. It is known that ESCOM has created syndicate to steal money even from customers. They use my juniors to do this dirty work for them. It happened to me . The junior said u know there are mabwana there who sent us and they are waiting for their money. I asked him their money? I A was so angry that if I had gun I could shoot him because the money he was talking… Read more »

More From Nyasatimes