Main opposition, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has expelled from the party lawmaker Felix Jumbe and some senior figures for “sowing divisions” within its ranks.
MCP national executive committee meeting in Lilongwe chaired by party president Lazarous Chakwera ruled that Jumbe should be expelled alongside Chatinkha Chidzanja Nkhoma, Azam Mwale and former chairman for southern region Denis Nathumba .
The party politiburo also suspended party spokesperson Jessi Kabwila and lawmaker Joseph Njobvuyalema pending disciplinary hearing.
NEC members of MCP moved to quell dissent in the party, dispelling allegations that its leadership is nepotistic and intolerant of other views.
They accused the Jumbe led rebels for their actions fighting party leadership as tantamount to holding the MCP to ransom.
Some disgruntled MCP members were calling for an early convention in protest of party president Chakwera’s style of leadership.
In May this year, some MCP officials—including district chairpersons and committee members—dragged the party to court, demanding an emergency convention asserting serious irregularities over how Chakwera runs the party and appointed some NEC members.
MCP has alleged that its problems are a result of external influences.