Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters in Blantyre on Saturday held a fundraising braai to help support the party’s campaign to the 2014 tripartite elections.
The fundraiser comes after MCP adopted US’s Barack Obama’s people-funded campaign technique by calling on followers to contribute K100 or more.
The braai in Blantyre attracted a good turn up by both the youth and the elderly. However, the amount raised was yet to be known.
Political experts hailed MCP for the fundraiser initiative dubbed ‘Tambala Appeal’ with a slogan ‘Nothing for us without us’.
Chancellor College political scientist Blessing Chinsinga is on record sayingMCP’s strategy of encouraging members to contribute towards its campaign was a way of making people own the party unlike the current system where few rich individuals finances the party.
And Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) executive director Kizito Tenthani argued that the move taken by MCP would encourage transparency and accountability within the party, which is good for the grouping’s intra-democracy.
“It is a good development when it comes to political funding. People will own the campaign and demand transparency and accountability. Survival of political parties is in the people’s contribution,” he said in remarks which were published in The Nation newspaper.
Tenthani said the strategy would empower the contributors to demand accountability for the money from leaders.