MCP civil war intesifies: Detained ‘bomb’ suspect claims ‘there is external force’

Malawi Congress Party (MCP)   internal struggles continue,   Isaac Jere, who is in police custody in connection to arson attempts on party headquarters in  Lilongwe City Centre, has mentioned claimed several political big are sponsoring terror in the country.

Mkaka: There is external force beind the party squabbles

Mkaka: There is external force beind the party squabbles

Some of the petro bombers on the floor at MCP headquart

Some of the petro bombers on the floor at MCP headquart

MCP security detail on Sunay  afternoon detained seven men and three women suspected to have been on a mission to petrol bomb the party’s headquarters in Lilongwe who include Jere.

When officers at Lilongwe Police interrogated Jere on the arson plans, he said many politicians – even those who do not belong to the patrty –  are now involved in the MCP squabbles and would want to benefit from it.

The group was ferried to City Centre and given instructions to invade the premises and ransack it using petrol bombs and metal bars. They were allegedly found in possession of pangas, a petrol jerrycan and a bag of maize.

Some members have changed the storyline after their arrest saying they were going to the offices to hold a vigil calling for unity in the party.

According to police sources, Jere is  also being investigated as one of the people who were also sent by Chakwera camp to burn Kabwila’s car some weeks ago.

MCP deputy secretary-general Eisenhower Mkaka said the party received intelligence reports that there was a plot to petrol bomb its headquarters, saying political competitors are creating divisions and wants to attribute violence to internal squabbles.

He said within the rank and file of MCP, there was no problem but those being bribed to cause confusion.

“We know pretty well of  an external ‘invisible hand’ that is fuelling the squabbles in MCP,” said Mkaka.

MCP president and leader of opposition is being challenged by his detractors in the party  to call for a convetion to elect new leaders  and some have obtained court orders to  challenge  ‘unconstitutional’ appointments made by Chakwera in the national executive committee (NEC).

Meanwhile,  Central Region Police spokesperson Ramsy Mushani  has said the ‘petrol bombers’ have since been remanded at the Lilongwe Police Station in Area 3, where their statements, and those of senior party officials, were taken on Sunday night.

He said investigations were in progress.


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16 thoughts on “MCP civil war intesifies: Detained ‘bomb’ suspect claims ‘there is external force’”

  1. be humane says:

    hahahahahahahah very laughable MCP members vuto lake anasiya kuganiza objectively thats why every chisankho amati amaberedwa. UDF inawabera, DPP inawaberanso? Then MCP should be a bunch of fools kumangoberedwa ndi aliyense? Accept that there are problems in the party. Instead of kunkhira vuto la mnyumba mwanu kwa ena that way you don’t correct your problem. If DPP is doing all that in the party come out in open and give evidence koma alibe evidence ngati Kamlepo on 7 Ministers so they will continue making unfounded allegations kuti DPP ikuwasokoneza mpaka afika 2019 nkumadzati DPP ndi imene inawapangitsa kuti aluze. I am waiting to hear comments from anthu osaganiza a MCP on my comment. Come on with your comments

  2. Vyaluta says:

    These are not adding up leave Chakwera alone please

  3. Mika Kumbire says:

    Mr Msowoya; In Southern Africa all Independence political parties are intact except in Zambia and Lesotho. In fact in the rest countries of the countries in Southern Africa it is the independence parties still ruling and their economies are doing much better than ours except Zimbabwe.

  4. Bristone Mabichi says:

    Indeed the President sacked some members, were they life members? Forget about disturbing MCP, may the souls of Orton Chirwa rest in peace. Go on Chakwera, get rid of those who think the party is for the Central Region. It is for all Malawians. MCP, Power!!

  5. J. Chagoma says:

    I understand that in incidences of this nature especially when party politics is involved, an “invisible hand” can not be completely ruled out. I hope history can testify to the above point. But wait a minute, should MCP waste its time talking about external pressure when evidence of real differences is apparent in the party? I further understand some party members are not happy with Chakwera’s appointment of NEC members which has left a lot of casualties. That’s why and how the idea of MCP Convention was hatched by the so-called MCP rebels. So that fact that we have had instances when ruling parties meddled into the internal affairs of other political parties is not a warrant for Chakwera and colleagues to ignore real issues in the party. Moreover those outsiders may continue their evil deeds if the MCP does not put its house in order (taking advantage of the already deteriorating situation in the party).

    I rest my simple case.

  6. Central says:

    Any serious member of any party I believe can never petrol bomb his own party’s offices!

    Further, while Chakwera might be facing leadership challenges, I suggest any serious contenders can never petrol bomb their own office! Why? Because no MCP member, be it Chakwera or otherwise is more than the party itself such that petrol bombing the offices is not in itself bombing the leader and satanic thinking!!

    Personally I also strongly believe that it is indeed outsiders “fueling the MCP in-fight” and their mentality is “tifanane” mentality.

    Laslty, I stand to be corrected, while it is true that MCP had a nasty era, era of deaths, personally I strongly believe that the current crop of leaders if tried might never have similar traits of Kamuzu! Chifukwa ndikunenera izi ndi chakuti zoona zake mzakuti sikuti the Nelson Mandela of today are sons and daughters of the Nelson Mandela of yesterday!! Sincerely, under the sun, we have seen thugs producing good citizens and good citizens producing thugs!! Some of us have seen drunkards producing Reverends and Bishops!

    Ndiponso kodi, so far which party can cheat us to be clean in as far as issues of killing innocent people, stealing, womanising, nepotism, tribalism etc?

    Kindly don’t petrol bomb offices, rather provide solutions or hate those officials with blood and all other ills in their hands than generalizing and pointing fingers on a party………..!!!

    Take this, while DPP might be a good party, but the truth is that it has bad apples!! MCP too might be a good party too, but “has” and “had” bad apples! PP might be a good party, but them too have bad apples within their party!!

  7. alhomwe atilaula says:

    The problems in MCP are being fueled by DPP. Ndani sakudziwa kuti DPP ndi chipani cha zikwanje komanso petrol bombing ndiyawo. this is just cheap propaganda from the DPP who are trying their best to distrubilise MCP coz akudziwa kuti come 2019 Chakwera will excel. kufuna kuotcha MCP Building ndi nsanje chabe coz iwo alibe any building after 12 years m’boma, shame! zoona momwe imamvetsera chisoni City Centre ndi thengo mukufuna muonongenso timabuilding tomwe tilipoti? chitani manyazi ndithu ndipo whoever planned this May the Almighty God amukanthe ndithu coz samalifunila zabwino dziko lathu. Ndale zoononga chitukuko chonchi nzosafunika. Zimandidabwitsa kuti koma amene ankavotera chiboma chimenechi amaganiza chani, Ambuye akhululukire ndithu for put devil on the seat.

  8. Phiri Ned says:

    Arson is one of the sins usually punished immediately by God. Destroying people’s property should not be entertained even under big political differences as a political tool and those using arson will face disastrous consequences before God soon. In this case I don’t think an MCP member would want to destroy their headquarters building. It is another party and guess what I prophesy a bad and quick end to their party or leaders.

  9. Thomas says:

    MCP headquarters sakanayikwanitsa adayirepera a Malawi Army nthawi ya operation Bwezani ndi real bomb .Amanamizanatu amenewatu

  10. be humane says:

    MCP, All these happenings in your party you still maintain that there are problems? Dr. Chakwera if you are refusing to acknowlegde party problems, will you recognize Malawi problems once voted into power? Think of this. If you don’t care with party problems will you care with national problems? Malawians let’s be concerned with future leadership

    1. Maso a mphaka says:

      Mmmmm my friend is Peter any good. He is failing to acknowlegde stealing of funds by his own govt. officials. In fact he is shielding them. They are all the same and don’t look clever by pinpointing only Chabwera.

  11. Maunisi says:

    DPP sponsored petrol bombers to destroy National Headquarters that was constructed before Peter and his DPP was born. Construct your head quarters don’t rent houses and become jealousy of MCP structures.

  12. Winston Msowoya says:

    The internal conflict in the former killer MCP,is the beginning of its final demise.There is no external force that is involved in the pandemonium,rather its unpopularity among the overwhelming people including die-hard supporters,is the ultimate reason for its restlessness.let’s hope that dreams come true and that the souls of the victimized Malawians,fight the evil Party from their graves.Its long existence,is not attributed to its relevance,but strong financial footing emanating from its 32 years of vicious oppression against our people.Another obvious reason is that the high Priest PHd L.Chakwera is a political novice short of notions and charismatic leadership hence,the Party will soon join the defunct independence political Parties in Tanzania,Zambia and Kenya.WELL COME TO THE FOLD!!!!

    1. Thasitala says:

      You have goofed big time here Winston. Whilst we agree that you hate MCP to the core, survival of MCP is not financially based as it is too poor but the members love, even the younger generation, such that even those who hated it so much like me know that it has changed in both leadership and style hence it is more powerful now than ever before. You are living in the past Winston. MCP has a vision and the only hope for Malawi and it is wishful thinking to say it will die. It had harder times in 1993-94 and the 2000-2004 but survived and what is DPP a party of crooks to shake MCP

      1. Kanchenga says:

        True indeed. When Chakwera visited us in KK we organised ourselves. Contributed cash to Carter for our visitors accommodation and meals. We even managed a dinner at Kasasa Club in his honour and more funds were generated during this dinner. All this by friends of MCP. If you think you can kill MCP you are dreaming.Mr Msowoya.

    2. Phyuta says:

      Tikufuna Dr. Gwaza ife !! Chakwera achoke.

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