MCP plays down criticism on Chakwera’s reshuffle

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has been accused of flouting and raping the party’s constitution with impunity with the recent appointments that he made to its National Executive Committee (NEC) as the constitution is clear that only the convention has the mandate of electing members of NEC.

Gustav Kaliwo:   Plays down criticism

Gustav Kaliwo: Plays down criticism

Chakwera recently made several appointments which beefed up the party’s NEC with several added positions which some party members say does not exist in the country’s oldest party’s NEC.

One of the MCP lawmakers turned Chakwera’s critic, Felix Jumbe has said MCP constitution has been “raped” with the changes in NEC.

Jumbe, who has been demoted in the NEC reorganisation, saidthe position of campaign director which he held was “a delegated one from the convention, hence non-negotiable.”

He is now second deputy director for strategic planning.

“Whatever happened renders the convention null and void. People need to understand that my appointment was a delegated authority in the sense that the convention only elected the president, his deputy, treasurer and secretary general and these people were given authority to elect and fill the remaining portfolios. Once this is done, no one can tamper with the positions and it’s only the convention that can change the composition of the national executive committee (NEC).

“The MCP constitution protects the president from abusing the powers and start putting friends and relatives into the NEC, but if you look closely this is the trend that’s happening now,” said Jumbe.

MCP Secretary General Gustav Kaliwo said that indeed the convention is supreme authority in the party but said NEC makes some decisions on behalf of the convention for the smooth running of the party.

“When NEC is not sitting the management committee makes such decisions and NEC and the convention can ratify or reject at a later stage. What happened is that the management committee made the recommendation to the president for approval with immediate effect for the smooth running of the party. The president indeed ratified the recommendations of the management committee and there is nothing wrong with that,” said Kaliwo who is also senior legal practitioner.

He gave an example of a corporate company whose owners are shareholders but some decisions are made by the Board of Directors and management implements those decisions.

“The positions that were made will be referred to NEC and the convention at an appropriate time. Meanwhile the party has to operate smoothly hence the recent appointments, there is nothing illegal about this,” clarified Kaliwo.

According to Part 3 and Article 30:2 says: “The members of the National Executive Committee shall be elected by the Convention of the party every five years provided that for the position of the President, he will hold such office for two terms only if elected for the second term.”

In the new appointment there are new positions such Director of Public Relations, Director of Strategic Planning, Director of International Affairs and Director of Economic Planning among others.

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34 thoughts on “MCP plays down criticism on Chakwera’s reshuffle”

  1. @mbewa zatha dziko lake liti loti mugawanelo? The entire northen region full of so the so called educated mbwenus, but who cannot handle a political party yet they dream of ruling the entire nation, Over our dead bodies! Bola tivotele gogo Gwanda chakuamba olo wa kalamba, than some one who feels more educated but is sleepy

  2. Mbewa zatha says:

    Most of the bad comments about the mighty MCP are coming from “ANGURU, AKHAKHAKHA, ODYANJOKA, ACHULE KAPENA KUTI AVWIVWIVWI” Dzikoli titati tigawane pali chiyani tigasowe ife choti tingadandaule, because TO, MJ, CZ contribuites little or nothing at all, to this country, only but crooks the mphwiyos, munyapas kwinako mupitiliza nokha a nguru inu, Panyo panu. Ntchito kunyera mu tea komanso kudziwika ndi kuba basi. Mtundu wonunkha ngati mnunkha dala amanena mbuyanu Bingu

  3. Politics palibe wabwino anthuwa ndi amodzi modzi opusa ndi anthu otsatira omwe malinga ndi poverty & ignorance they just follow blindly that’s the problem. Politician are like football players who can play for Team A today & come tomorrow play for team B useless. Seek The Lord & your lives will be satisfied.

  4. Matako says:

    Jumbe is a confused man. He harbors ambitions which are not in the best interest of the MCP. In fact I would not be surperised if he is the man mentioned in casg gate as the one who got finances from JB to cause confusion in the party. As an MCP supporter I do not see anything wrong with the reshuffle of the party. I think Jumbe is upset as he feels his new position will not allow him to advance the promises he made to DPP which is to coause confusion in MCP. My advice to Jumbe if you are not happy with the current set up then get out! You are nothing but a greed Judas Escariot whose interest are not in MCP. Your greed will not get you anywhere. MCP do not need confussionists and uncommitted people like you. We all know very well where your royalty lie. I support Chakwera’s decision to move you away from a position where you have access to cause more damage to our party.

  5. Sammy says:

    The president has taken a board decission to demote some members because some of them believed to be benefitted from the famous cashgate but has goofed on mwalwanda.

  6. Khuth'upa o'Machemba says:

    o’Chakwera is WRONG, WRONG, WRONG for doing this; in essence, he just nullified results of the vote, based on people’s wishes. By doing this, he just swept aside, with a broad broom, the wishes of the people. Who does he think he is?
    Some one get a court injunction, baasi.
    Running a religious organization as a dictatorship is often tolerated, mainly because the people affected do NOT question the holy books; they take the writings literally rather than interpret them. (That’s wrong too.)
    o’Chakwera should know that politics is run differently. And people expect this in modern politics. Did o’Chakwera go for orientation on politics, as he was switching from the Church?
    If he can show such dictatorial tendency now, what if he became president of the country?
    Malawians: we should NOT allow this to happen, unless MCP shows that they are really a “new” party, with modern beliefs like basic democracy. As they falsely claim.

  7. marble says:

    It is quiet interesting to read between the lines and discover how clever are DPP propaganda scheme. Kulemba okha article and start flooding the comment column by themselves just to leave. An impression that many people dont love Chakwera anymore. Koma muli bho guys. Mumasova fast. Tiyeni nazo. Kodi paja kutchotsedwa kwa Jean Kalirani pa Secretary General position ija adasankhidwa ku dpp convention nawo a dpp adapitansao ku convention ina???? Kapena adangomusuntha koma kutsala momwemo mu NEC yao ngati mmene Chakwera wasiyila Jumbe mu NEC ???

  8. chefourpence says:

    Nothing strange here! Chakwera was doing the same in the church! He filled all startegic positions with relatives, anganya from his wife and so on. He is one hell of a selfish nepotistic authoritarian devil.

  9. Akamaliza kuthirana mate m’makutu adzatifunse pamene MCP idathera… akulimbirana ziduswa za buledi wa malemu wemwe malemuwonso adaba mu 1964 kwa mizati yeniyeni yomwe idali eni ake a MCP YOMWE idaphedwa ina kuthawa dziko lomwe adamenyera ufulu… MCP=POLLUTED Milk!!!

  10. John says:

    Jumbe must learn to respect those in authority. The fact that he was chosen by the Convention does not mean he should become rude to the leadership. No party can tolerate that. Besides, the Convention did not elect him directly. Chakwera had to approve his appointment and this time around he has also approved that he be demoted. Finish!

  11. Nyoni phiri says:

    Iwe jumbe uzitengela mmene adathela gwengwe when he was used by the dpp, watsala ndiweo

  12. Wezi says:

    Kodi which one of the MCP presidential candidate ndi amene ananyopola nawo khusa ya cash gate? Mwina angowanjata onsewa. Akutilemela kwabasi especially Chakwelayu.

  13. musova says:

    Mcp kodi ikadalipo

  14. Mwethu says:

    Evil against Righteousness its always evil that loses. I rest my case.

  15. Wallet says:

    MCP ikutha ngati Makatani. M’busa analephera kusamalira nkhosa ku CCAP, anakayesanso ku Assemblies of God nkulepheranso. Tsono mmati angalamulire chipani? Funsani Ben Ten Sosten Gwengwe akuuzeni za m’busa ameneyu

  16. SENGABAY says:

    Jumbe aziwe kuti Kutchuka ndi kuziwika ndizosiyana…..without unity and displine forget MCP going in gvt

  17. SENGABAY says:

    Mr Jumbe does not want MCP to win the 2019 election because he knows he will not be a torch bearer the case in repeat of 1999 election when Mr JZU unsupported Chakwamba’s bide and the party lost….Please Mr Jumbe support others for the sake of the party…you are influential yes but for the time build your political stamina first and not what you are doing……..

  18. Mchewa says:

    A Chakwera, ubusa sinali mbali yanu koma ndale and no wonder with your crafty undertakings in running the party, the real Chakwera is the one we are seeing raping MCP constitution. Shame on you and your stupid MCP!

  19. mwana mulopwana says:

    I have been following a lot of issues that have been happening in MCP mostly on Chakwera and I have also followed the same on the way how Chakwera handled leadership issues the time he was at Assemblies of Govt.

    The current status quo is that Chakwera wants to associate or surround himself with people who are weak so that he can install fear in them

    while he was at Assemblies of God the issue of project funds mismanagement was aired out that he used to use the funds to make trip to America and for those people who used to voice out, they were rather transferred , this is the Chakwera who wants to the President of Malawi,

    This issue happening in MCP should be handled with utmost care and people should not just label Jumbe as someone who is bringing confusion but we need to go and did the roots and solve this solution once and for all otherwise , the same thing will resurface as we approach to 2019 election and will have a negative impact on MCP and its followers ,Free advice you can choose to ignore at your own cost .

  20. ... says:

    Mukulimbana ndi reshuffle ya Chakwera malo mo limbani ndi Clueless Reshuffle ya Mutharika pochosa Kachiko ku health ndi kumuyika ku Police.

  21. Zama Donors Zamkutu says:

    This MCP will never change….instead of addressing its internal problems, you want to create the impression that DPP is behind your internal woes….once dictatorial always dictatorial…… you will never have my vote neither that of my kids and whosoever i am capable of convincing. Chipani chokupha and foes of democracy. Jumbe is intelligent and can never be a handclapper. muonanso afiti inu!!

  22. machika says:

    Mukanzalunza muzizat a DPP mukulephela kuyanjana nokha nokha muzatha bwanji kuyendetsa dziko Malawi si mpingo.

  23. aishoshe says:

    kodi iwe Jumbe mchewa wa nyau bwanji osangopita ku gay party ko opanda phokoso?amati pansasa saipitsa nde it will be good for you if you go quitely pleaseeee!!

  24. Jose' says:

    A kaliwo, You are a respected legal practitioner but you choose to sink so low to defend the indefensible Chakwera. The man has raped the MCP constitution and that is it. If Chakwera is going to be too big for his size at this point in time, then you will not be able to tame him later. Mtsogoleri akalakwisa tiyeni tizimuunikira moona osamangopanga rubber stamp even stupid and hazardous decisions. Chakwera needs to learn to refrain from brandishing powers that are not his

  25. Odala says:

    Please leave DPP out of MCP’s business. DPP is a party that is achieving a lot. In the just ended councillors’ election, DPP made 60 percent while MCP had only 20 percent. DPP and MCP are incomparable due to their achievements.

  26. Che sadulo says:

    We are all 100% aware that Chakwela is not a democrat. Keep on watching his tactics ,keep on listening to his speeches , keep on analysing his judgements whenever there’s an issue, I’m sure you are going to discover that he is another dictator.

  27. There’s no room in MCP for confused souls like Jumbe. I am sure he’s being used by the DPP to confuse MCP the feat which will not succeed. Jumbe contested against Chakwera for MCP presidency but failed miserably. Where did Jumbe get courage to start campaigning to remove chakwera from his post??? This is the work of DPP, but Jumbe must be careful because DPP is known for using people and dump them after their aim is fulfilled. Mark this space.

  28. Blantyre says:

    That’s why kaliwo lost the election case. Mcp constitution has to be respected. Kaliwo you were not there during the convention and tell people lies. Chakwela has failed period and let him go. How can he change the name of mcp and slogan subsequently removing District officials the way u were doing at assemblies of GOD.

  29. Gule Wamkulu says:

    Inu a Kongelesi mudziwe kuti maliro akatuluka m’nyumba sabwelera. Lazaro sangalamulire dziko olo zitabvuta chotani. Only Jumbe or maybe Njobvuyalema can lead Kongelesi to better results.

  30. Chikaiko says:

    How did Chakwera remain the president of Assemblies of God for 28 years, yet every two years the institution held elections?

    Malawians have a disease of making decisions using incomplete information, and that is the other reason the country will remain poor.

    Of course we don’t want an angel to be our president, but Chakwera doesn’t have the qualities of a good leader!!!!

  31. Che Ngana says:

    Jumbe Ur A Threat To The Party.Ndale Zolambila Ziri Bobobo Ku Mcp Kumulamba Mtsogoleri.Ndale Zimenezo Ziripobe???Kodi Kusiyana Zipani Ndi Nkhani Yoti Anthu Asamayankhulane?? Mcp Be Democratic.Zomwe Mukupangazi Zikuonetsa Kuti Chipani Chanu Sichinasinthebe.Kunama Jumbe Maintain Ur Stand Osamalamba Munthu.

  32. Wawa says:

    Jumbo you are lucky coz chakwera samakutengela misplaced yakoyo.It was chakwera who appointed you and not the convention so he also has powers to fire you but fortunately he has just reassigned you.if you were in Dpp, you could have been completely fired.Remember how Jean Kalilani was fired by Apm despite being elected at a convention as Secretary General.Usamutole Chakwera.

  33. Alfred Minjo says:

    Why always DPP in the scene? Inu a Congess can’t you talk of something else and try to find the root of your problems within your party? C’on MCP, give DPP a break please!!!

  34. Lake Malawi says:

    A JUmbe inu you are being used by DPP but you are going to regret big time

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