Kaliwo has no mandate to call convention — MCP

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has said party secretary general Gustav Kaliwo has no mandate to call for  a national convetion, the party has said.

Kaliwo and Mkaka: Differ

On Saturday, Kaliwo declared that the MCP constitution gives him powers to call for a convention even without consulting with the party’s president.

He said MCP will hold a convention from July 7 to 9 this year.

But the party’s Central Region Chairman, Patrick Chilondola,  and  second deputy secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka, who has now turned into the party ’s spokesperson, have  all quashed Kaliwo’s  declaration.

Kaliwo has not been attending the party’s National Executive Committee (Nec) meetings where he should have raised issues if he had any, according to Chilondola.

“We will go to the convention when the time is right not when Kaliwo calls for a convention. He has no mandate to call for a convention,” Chilondola said at a political rally which part president Lazatous Chakwera addressed in Ntcheu on Sunday.

On the other hand,  Mkaka trashed Kaliwo’s statement arguing that the decision as to when the party should hold a convention is made by the National Executive Committee (Nec) not the Secretary General alone.

“National Executive Committee is the highest authority and as of now it has not communicated about the convention,” Mkaka said.

However, Kaliwo said according to the mandate given to him by the party’s constitution, he has the power to make the announcement.

He said according to Article 40 of the MCP constitution, an emergency convention can be called by the party’s two thirds majority of NEC or at the request of more than half of the district committees.

“Therefore, for this decision I have taken the mandate given to me by the party’s district committees who are calling for the convention.

“I am sure there are some people who will not agree with me, but we stand on a strong legal ground because the constitution permits my doing this,” said Kaliwo, an experienced lawyer.

But Mkaka explained that according to section 28 of the MCP constitution, when district structures meet and make decisions they are supposed to submit minutes to NEC because they work on behalf of NEC.

“So their decisions are endorsed by NEC, the district committees cannot just make decisions without the attention of NEC,” he said.

Mkaka also said the party was not surprised with Kaliwo’s conduct having written a letter to the party president Chakwera in which he “made strong allegations” when he had an opportunity to meet him in person on his concerns.


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Mudzamva Liti

Kaliwo anatha kale asatichedwetse ife tiyeni tizipita maso patsogolo.

Mudzamva Liti

Kaliwo anatha kalekale.


Kaliwo’s interpretation of the law is typical of our Malawian lawyers–textual interpretation! as opposed to purposive! or practical interpretation! and thus dwelling entirely on the details of the tree forgetting the forest in which the the tree is found!


Koma kumenekoooooooooooooooooooo!!!!! – tiye nazoni. Mind you, Kaliwo is a Lawyer i hope wouldn’t want to discredit himself on this one. I hope Mkaka is a Lawyer too.

MCP and Chakwera at their best – I hope you will not need other MCP people you are castigating come 2019. Otherwise you needed to trade carefully


MCP Ulendo uwoooooo osabwereranso olo ku Parliament……agaru enieni


Kaliwo is lost.

He miserably failed to convince his relatives to vote for him as an MP, and he believes he can be a president?
He failed to campaign in the south for Chakwera, what value has he brought to MCP as SG?

A Kaliwo chisiyeni chipani cha MCP, inu yendani bwino wa ku DPP.
Chatinkha ndi DPP akukuzelezeketsani akulu.


Asauuka a Kaliwo When you see him, he is not the same…. what else do you expect? Olo Law firm yao siimvekanso. Akufuna kotenga ndalama za cashgate basi.


MCP yake iti yagena ground ,mcp yomwe inaluza masankho 2014 ,ndiyapanoyi yasiyana chani,in 2014 ma constituents 43 kumwera kunalibe mastructures a mcp,now its 3 years after elections ,how many structures have you elected so far ?.vuto la mcp mavuto anu mumawakana kumanamiza anthu ngati mchipani chanu zinthu zili bwino .Mumuyankhe Kaliwoyi ,ndi lawer ameneyi chimene akuchita akuchiziwa ,ndipo sanagulidwe.


Remember that DPP rigged the vote!!!!!! That is why they burned the warehouse!! Up to now the police can not make arrests!!!

Chakwera won the 2014 elections!!!!

Bololo Sakondamadzi
Congrants Dr Chakwera. These problems are graduating you to be a true leader of this country. TB Joshua says if gold has to be gold it must go through fire otherwise it remains a rock, end of qoute. Dr Kamuzu Banda, Bakili Muluzi, Bingu,even Joice Banda all had to go through the furnance at some point before ascending to power. Its ironic that policians keep repeating the same mistake, that when you try hard to detroy somebody politically you end up destroying yourself. The more you try to destroy Chakwera, the more public attention you are giving him. Chakwera is… Read more »

Every normal person knows that this useless Kaliwo is being used as a condom by DPP. Kaliwo is just a useless guy who can not even be voted as a member of parliament.

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