MCP problems stirred by ‘external influence’: Menyani downplays chairperson’s call for convention

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) on Monday took turns responding to calls from four regional chairmen, who  wrote  the party’s leadership to call for early convention citing nepotism and maladministration as some of the key reasons, with the paying those are baseless allegations and that its problems are a result of external influences.

Addressing anews conference from left to right: Sendeza, Mkaka, Menyani, Chiumia and Dzonzi

Addressing anews conference from left to right: Sendeza, Mkaka, Menyani, Chiumia and Dzonzi

Stowell Gondwe of North North Region, Bauleni Mkweza of Lakeshore, Abi Jana of Eastern Region and Baza Kanda of North South on 9 January, 2016, penned MCP President Dr Lazarus Chakwera alongside two Vice President, Richard Msowoya and Macdonald Lombola asking them to defend themselves on nepotism allegations or else they should call for early convention.

In the letter it was also alleged that MCP president Lazarous Chakwera is failing to address manage the party where the management committee has been seen to be more powerful than the NEC.

MCP public relations officer Alekeni Menyani confirmed the existence of letters from regional chairpersons of the party dated January 9, 2016, but also a letter from the North-South and North-North regions of MCP.

Menyani, who is also a member of parliament for Dedza North North West Constituency, said there are other forces outside the party who are using the current officer holders ahead of the regional elections in the North on January 3

He said an inquiry into the authors of the letter has found that the chairperson for the Eastern Region Abbie Jana and some district chairpersons and committees in the Northern Region denied that the contents of the letter were the result of a consensus of the members at any meeting which took place.

“They are all wondering where this is coming from. We are not saying that our party is perfect, but some of these issues are so minor that they could have been resolved easily. This is why we suspect that there is a third force behind this. The suspect is a party that has financial muscle to destabilise us,” Menyani said.

He did not mention the party involved but MCP sources named ruling ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) of organising dissent in opposition parties including former governing People’s Party (PP) and also DPP parliamentary alliance partner United Democratic Front (UDF).

Menyani said Article 40 of the party constitution explains procedures on how an emergency convention can be called.

According to the said article “An emergency convention of the party referred to shall be summoned if the national executive committee resolves by two thirds of its membership, or at the request of the half of the number of the district committees.”

Party’s Second Deputy Secretary General, Eisenhower Mkaka said, the constitution does not gives powers to the Regional chairs to call for an emergency convention.

Mkaka said currently Regional Chairman for the eastern Region has just made a phone call saying that he is not party to the letter.

Hew said the eastern region chair said they fooled him by signing at a document which he did not read.

Deputy Campaign Director, Kusamba Dzonzi said the chairmen has no legitimacy to call for convention because their tenure of office expired long time ago.

“The chairmen have shown total disrespect to the party by writing the said letter, these chairmen are just fearing the elections, by the way these chairmen have been clinging to the said positions for 23 years,” said Donzi.

Director of women, Jean Sendeza also took a swipe to the chairmen describing them as people who have failed to follow the four cornerstones of the party.

“If the chairmen had issues with the party, they could have sorted them by contacting the party leadership than going to the media castigating the same party which has been keeping them for 23 years,” said Sendeza.

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Mark Saoneka
God works possibility out of impossibility. If some still have that mindset that Mcp will not rule the country again for sole reason that it dominates only the centre, its just their unfortunate. Pple nowadays vote for trustworthy leaders not only parties. Dpp has really failed to deliver on Malawians priorities and worths voted out of gvt. Remember same pple exodussed from Mcp into Udf and from Udf to Dpp from which some split into PP. With this tendency, there are all chances that majority of them will one election vote for Mcp back into gvt for no conditions whether… Read more »
kunyeziwa mussa

mada das true vuto mcp z on regional level while dpp national lvel one can agree wth m sangawine.Wy alwez majority rule kkkk!

kunyeziwa mussa

i agree wth Madalitso vuto mcp ili pa regional level whilst dpp its national level go 2 south uwil find MP’s 4dpp eastern,central,&north while mcp only central blve m whether w want or not dpp cme 2019 idzawinanso.chipanitu chimalamula acordng 2its majority dus my observation mcp 2rule dis country dey shuld first defeat de homeland of dpp in south &east kenako mkuyamba kulotako zodzalamula apo biiii guyz dpp itha kukwanitsa 31yrs nayonso ikadalamulira boma, mnd u chipani frm oppotion side bounce back into govermnt its not easy again 2go back 2opposition benches.


MCP goo going forward under Chakwera


MCP will still survive….Kwacha!

kunyeziwa mussa

i mean mcp can’t rule dis country again nthawi yowina inali 2014.oChakwela afunse obaba anthu akumwera zomwe amachita vuto ochewa ngatulo cme 2019 Dpp wil scoop alot of Mp’s hre @ central bt kumwela without o even 1 Mp nde muziti 2019 bomaaa! zaziiii ndaletu ndizigawo go 2america or SA.mcp 2 rule dis country mmmm nt 2019 bt mayb after 31yrs achewa akadzayera maso panopa akadagonabe.


when u say no to God,exp ect challenges more than chakwera welcome to the word of politics,mighty DPP is not a problem,indeed your party is a regianal party,DPP is a national party.

When there are problems in your party and you are denying its existence, and start pointing fingers at DDP,just know that your party is lacking substance.This is one reason which has kept your party in opposition for over 20 years,You think your party is clean that it can not problems,even the strongest political party in the world the democrats of USA has problems ,so who are you that you should not have.For your own information if you keep on behaving like that forget chances of going back into government.DDP you are talking about inakupezani ku opposition komweko,yakusiyani komweko inu muli… Read more »
Zanga Phee!

clear that mess now you don’t have time,those are tricks for you guys to lose direction.See my name.




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