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.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :