MCP SG Kaliwo’s ‘thesis’ challenges Chakwera: Denies being Nkolokolo

Secretary General of main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Gustav Kaliwo, has  written a nine-paged letter to party president Lazarous Chakwera, challenging him to ensure he steadies the ship and rejuvenate MCP into a formidable government-in-waiting.

Kaliwo: Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth

Kaliwo: Have I therefore become a nkholokolo  because I tell you the truth?

The letter date September 13, 2016 has been leaked and Nyasa Times has a copy.

Kaliwo, a practising prominent lawyer, had not  confirmed the authenticity of the letter at the time of the posting the story .

In the letter, Kaliwo has supported a section of some party members and supporters calling for a national convection.

He started his letter to Chakwera by writing: “I greet you in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour whom we both profess to believe in.”

The MCP secretary general says he penned the letter after making “careful considerations”, saying he would “in the not too distant future” discuss the issues he is raising with the party president.

“I am aware that there are those that will say that by writing to you in thus fashion I am just playing into the hands of our detractors and joining the bandwagon of those that have openly criticised your leadership style. I will quickly be categorised as a rebel. Anti-Chakwera, kapilikoni or nkholokolo,” Kaliwo says in his letter to Chakwera.

He says “ there comes a times what needs to be said must be said, regardless of the consequences,” and that to him  , the letter is such opportunity to speak out regardless of what his critics would say.

Kaliwo said he has only his conscience and God to answer to.

He faulted the party’s recent decision to fire those with dissenting views and suspend other members, saying that demonstrates lack of intra-party democracy.

MCP secretary general argued that the space and atmosphere where people ca freely express their frustrations and offer solutions is lacking in the party.

“People with contrary views are not given space but rather being viewed as desperados,” he said.

Kaliwo said the expulsion from the party of Salima Central MP Felix Jumbe and suspension of Lilongwe Mapuyu south MP Joseph Njobvuyalema and Salima North West MP Jessie Kabwila who is also party spokesperson was regrettable.

“Can the MCP afford to lose sitting MPs years before the next election?” he queried.

He asked Chakwera if MCP is “happy” to let the MPs be “free agents” that can be courted by their competitors.

“The present decision, if not corrected, would mean; donating’ three MPs to the forced that we as a party should be fighting. This further weakens our position in parliament,” said Kaliwo in his political ‘theses to Chakwera.

“Somehow we are losing some of the best people among us,” he pointed out.

Kaliwo also faulted the suspension of MCP first deputy secretary general James  Chalonda Kaunda and that the decision should be reversed because it is “wrong and untenable at law.”


He also criticised elections of party officials in the districts, urging caution , saying “at the moment the elections are viewed more as a purge [to those with dissenting views] than a strategy to strengthen the structures of the party.”

Kaliwo said critics are  comparing the party frontline troops with “the intolerant MCP of the past.”

He reminded Chakwera that former party leader John Tembo faced  challenges from ‘nkholokolo’s’ like former secretary general Chris Daza , Ted Kalebe and late Ishmael Chafukila but the party “showed restraint” and even allowed Daza to remain in the office.

“This is the level of tolerance that is expected of a party that intends to divorce itself from the it’s ugly past,” he advises.

Kaliwo continued: “ Because of the gravity of our dented  past, perceived or otherwise, we have to go an extra mile, even beyond the call of our duty to show the people out there  that indeed we are a changed ad transformed party.

“We cannot be democrats by day and autocrats by night.”

Kaliwo supported the calls for a national convention, saying  it will not be a sign of weakness but rather a show of strength and democratic accountability” so that the entre membership of MCP own decisions that have recently been made.

Chakwera has not responded to the letter.

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22 thoughts on “MCP SG Kaliwo’s ‘thesis’ challenges Chakwera: Denies being Nkolokolo”

  1. Mtengo Wautali says:

    Bravo Gustave. You have always been a sensible person all along!

  2. Kent Y.G. Mphepo, Blantyre says:

    Kent Y.G. Mphepo, Blantyre

    Countrymen, I am one of those who have keenly followed the history of Malawi and MCP inclusive. Like I have said on this forum before, what is taking place in MCP right now is, to me, deja vu i.e. it is happening like it happened in the past. The 1964 Cabinet Crisis was more of a party (MCP) matter than a government matter and it all came about because of people in the party who felt that they had better qualifications to run the party, either because they participated in the reformation of MCP (from Nyasaland African Congress) at the time Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, and several others, were in custody in Gweru, Southern Rhodesia or they (or their parents) held senior positions in the NAC and could claim, like we here it today that “ife tidabadwila mu MCP ndipo tidzafera momwe muno”. There were also others who felt that they deserved to lead the party and government because they came from regions that were more active in nationalist politics than Central Region where most people were politically passive where Banda came from.

    There were others who also felt that Dr. Banda was not fit to serve as President because he was too old (Dr. Banda was already in the 60s while the majority of the ministers were in their 30s). They did not particularly like it because he would sometimes introduce them as “my team of boys” at the time when the title “boy” was used to mean “house servant” by the white settlers and government officials in the country. There were also those who felt that a medical doctor (with MBBS +) and practice would not make a good politician which is a totally different field of study. There was also a propaganda machinery, set up by the United Federal Party (where most whites belonged to) that went out to tell Malawians that Dr. Banda was not Malawian but a Black American or Ghanaian. This lie ran faster than the truth and even some cabinet members, some of whom ironically participated in the “petition” to call Dr. Banda back from England, swallowed it sink, line and hook. They would argue, “look, he does not even speak Chichewa!” The situation got worse when almost all countries surrounding Malawi adopted the Socialist/Communist ideologies while Dr. Banda publicly organized a debate in Zomba where he denounced Socialism and Communism and predicted the fall of USSR and the entire ideology. He even denounced OAU’s resolutions on While South African (apartheid) government. It was like “we told you, this man is incompetent and uninformed of the modern world and its politics”! Following this discontentment, all old guard in the party pulled out and almost all Cabinet ministers from the South and Center resigned leaving behind, Tembo, Msonthi (who initially resigned but changed his mind) and one or two others. A lot of educated non-cabinet members also went passive.

    It is for this reason that Dr. Banda stopped trusting “educated” Malawians and only went for those who were loyal to him, educated or not. Kapichila Banda of Dowa, Chidzanja Nkhoma of Lilongwe, later Robson Wataya Changa Chirwa (former primary school teacher), etc, were such examples. Later he picked youthful lawyers like Lovemore Munlo, who were generally humble and royal to the party. To make matters worse, Dr. Banda was a mere medical doctor running a small private clinic at Limbe. “Does this man have money, to run the party?” I am sure they would ask. Many felt that he was a poor man, coming to accumulate wealth through the party in preparation for his retirement! Whether this is true remains a matter for debate.

    Why saying all of this? In my scheme of things, the major problem in MCP now is that those who consider themselves more (or better) educated than Chakwera (a person with mere pastoral training and experience) think that they will represent MCP better in 2019 than abusa a Chakwera. Talking to a few of them, like I have done before, you get the impression that many senior MCP leaders have swallowed what the DPP stalwarts have peddled during party rallies that Chakwera is a mere churchman unfit to run matters of the state. They actually call him Judas Iscariot. Whether this is true or not is not the purpose of this posting. My duty, is just to remind MCP supporters and Malawians at large of this important historical fact. Remember, history is the mother of wisdom. When I follow the current arguments in the party I have a feeling that it is those with “big” professions like LAW, EDUCATION, AGRICULTURE, MEDICINE, etc who find it demeaning to work under a mere church minister. It is those with BIG MONEY, who feel short-changed that moneyless Chakwera is at the helm of party. The question that all of us Malawians must be asking ourselves as we put people in key positions of leadership whether at party or government levels is: What is “in” a profession? What makes a good leader? Who is the best leader for Malawi: a political scientist, a medical doctor, a lawyer, an engineer, a carpenter, a farmer? Which profession provides good leaders?
    Just my thoughts.

    Kent Y.G. Mphepo, Blantyre

    1. Kanchenga says:

      How I wish many Malawians read your writeup with an open mind and make un influenced observation. However Mr Kaliwo claims to believe in God. If indeed it is true that he does he will have noticed that God uses seemingly weak members of society to save his people. He chose Abraham to be a father of the nation of Israel in a land where there were Kings. He chose slave boy Joseph to save Egypt and surrounding lands from starvation. He chose Moses a murder to lead Israelites out of Egypt. He chose David a sheep tender to become a great King of Israel. He chose Mary a simple Virginia girl to be the physical mother of our saviour. So Mr Kaliwo as a believer should know that professors and Doctors may not be likely choice God would pick to save Malawi. It doesn’t work like that in the eyes of God. If indeed Chakwera is the chosen one then the happenings in MCP is a cleaning process so that the educated fools do not make part of his instituted government. Reading through Kaliwo’s letter one see a scrared loser. A person who had planned his plot carefully and was overconfident about it’s success. However the plot has failed and he has no plans B. The most destabing situation to these people is Peters failure to run government affairs. Peters failures puts Chakwera in pole position. So while these guys were hopping for Peters success to frustrate Chakwera bid in 2019 so that he can give way it seems Chakwera may actually make it in 2019. And a close look at MCP now you don’t see the old guards surrounding Chakwera. While they they were busy brooding over Chakwera success at the conversion young energetic leaders pushed in leaving these guys on the peripheral. They are actually demanding for a conversion hoping that those close to Chakwera will lose seats and they will close in. But the boys àre smart. Where they feel outdone they use physical power. Anyway as I said I liked your writeup it made a lot of sense to me.

  3. Winteram says:

    After all is said and done these guys have got a point to make and prove. To rebel all these ‘heavy weights’ of our MCP as desperados and that they are all being used by DPP is a mistake of highest magnitude…. Utsi umenewu wanyanya and wayamba kundipsa its becoming a non-starter every hearing bad nuz of MCP… Kusiyana maganizo its politics but kuchotsana mu chipani its not always a better solution… Chakwera awonepo bwino pamenepa because all these noises can not just come, there is something TERRIBLY wrong in our party

    I rest my case

  4. Mubarak says:

    Kaliwo you should be ashamed of yourself. If you are a good SG as you pause here, why didn’t you discuss your concerns with the president? Letters are for cowards . Big shame on you no wonder your law firm has never grown since 4 decades.


    …..Yea, Chakwera, you are doing well. Fire everyone and you only become the member and president of MCP. You will have a strong party. MCP WOYEE!!! –

  6. Zamunda says:

    Nawenso tikuwonetsa msana wanjira ulondole nkholokolo zinzako. Not everyone can be a leader of the party. This is time for Chakwera. Period

  7. But why penning Chakwera yet you are a secretary general? Ndiye u secretary general uli pati? What is restraining you face to face communication with Chakwera? I dont think you are fit for a secretary general because this case is supposed to rise from others and you should be responding to those others. Going to social media with your complaints just shows your icapability. If secretary general goes wild then otsalawo atani? Think twice Mr. KALIWO.

  8. Mbava says:

    Kaliwo now look why were those pple using MBC. I dont anything wrong in holding elections in districts thats a sign of democracy. Let Chakwera do it in his own way because 2019 he will be the candidate and he has to make all necessary measures to ensure that he has a winning team. Going to MBC was a very big sin to our party and have two royal MPs is a blessing than having those who r against the leadership. U have given example of pple like Chafukira and others including Ntaba, what was the reaction on of JZU, The party is not ready for convention based on the constitution and this is too late coz u have taken the party to court already and continue with that. This shows that u r party of the smelling Chatinkhas and the group mwaonekelatu

  9. be humane says:

    Go go go go Chakwera, fire Kaliwo he is being used by DPP as Well


      Yea, Chakwera, you are doing well. Fire everyone and you only become the member and president of MCP. You will have a strong party. MCP WOYEE!!!!

  10. Youna says:

    Its much better to loose three MPs that are destroying the party than to forsake the 4 cornerstones. Afterall they are not the first ones to dump us after being coaxed by the ruling parties. We can’t trust MPs that use DPP facilities to point out MCP’s leadership weaknesses (if at all there are some). I appeal to Chakwera to stand to the NEC’s grounds and move forward with the party’s agenda. Amene akuwanyengerela ma MP athuwo akungofuna kutisokoneza and after that they will dump them. Where is Kutsaila, Kalebe, Kamanya, Gwengwe, Zulu just to mention a few. Wake Up MCP Supporters! Do not be deceived coz dawn is much closer to the darkest hour.

  11. J. Chago says:

    Ignore the signs of poor leadership in MCP at your own risk. If you ask any sensible Malawian, he/she will tell you, without fear of contradiction, that the writing is clear on the wall. Chakwera should change his leadership style. MCP can not afford to lose all these members at a time like this.

  12. Astro Prophet says:

    Don’t listen to Kaliwo as he has been corrupted by NJobvuyalema and company. Fire him as well and promote Mkaka to full SG.

    What Kaliwo wants is to destroy Chakwera and his camp. Trust me, if Chakwera agrees to convention, that will be his end from MCP. Mark my words

    1. Timu MCP says:

      If he has support, why fear?….having only him and msowoya as those elected during convention speaks of lack of something…….its better to seek fresh mandate or fall for the sake of the paery

  13. HE the Life President Mfuti Kasinja? says:

    Kaliwos have been true MCP. From his Father the solistor was MCP. At his helm as a police officer Police lost brilliant guys like Mr Lunguzi, Khozi,and Kaliwo for being pro MCP during Muluzi era. Chakwera is a failure. He can just manage sunday collection from Assemblies , not alone leading the party worse still a country.

  14. Biggie says:

    Poor SG, your letter vindicates that you are indeed Nkholokolo, eat yourself up if you can

  15. jibs says:

    With all my views in this historical party, I found that Chakwela is a main problem rather than MCP itself. Therefore I forwarded my motion for this mother party to call for conventional, and electe a new leader who understand the deeds of party and it’s people.

  16. Tsetse says:

    But Jumbe is Judas Isacariot and must go go go go

  17. Kokani says:

    But Mr Kaliwo this shows to me that you have your own interests to side with the detractors. I am not amused that if there is an SG of the parties in Malawi who are dull you are one of them. You have never even in a single day organised any rally in support of the party you serve. This is very sad that you have been behind the leader Dr Chakwera all the time when the president holds rallies. Your deputy was the one who was at the centre controlling the party and not you. Recently you run away from the neck that was held recently at Party’s head quarters. Why did you run away? why are you accusing neck yet u run away. We MCP we can not take that as serious because what we see here is that you are part and parcel of those causing confusion in the party. The choice is yours whether to quite or remain and be loyal to the party as responded by administration. Chakwera is the only hope for Malawi every one is looking up to him so don’t confuse matters. Issues of convention was discussed during the neck u run away and we will hold convention and we urge you to tell those who want to Challenge Chakwera to come contest period.

    1. victor says:

      Mr Kaliwo is right there is no way a president can choose to lose siting Mps. This is sign of bad things to come. MCP is the only Party which has good structures which were made by the late H.K.Banda and now Chakwera is doing nothing to protect the out.

    2. john says:

      I do believe as the SG you were the Chief Executive of the party and the right hand man of the president. I do not think by writing this letter now you have shown that you do love the party. The best way was to sit down with the president and advice him accordingly. I beg the MCP should trade carefully on this.

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