MP Jumbe, Chidzanja-Nkhoma defiant at MCP expulsion

The main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) expelled Member of Parliament (MP) for Salima Central Felix Jumbe and senior member Chatinkha Chidzanja Nkhoma have  come out fighting  after being expelled from  the party and challenged the National Executive Committee (NEC) decision, saying they will fight on.

Chakwera receiving a present from Chidzanja

Old good days: Chakwera receiving a present from Chidzanja-Nkhoma

The two plan to challenge the decision in court, saying it is  against principals of natural justice as they were not accorded the right to be heard.

Jumbe,  Chidzanja Nkhoma were expelled along side some senior party officials including Denis Nathumba, Lyton Dzombe, Chatinkha and Azam Mwale for sowing divisions.

MCP President Lazarus Chakwera defended the decision for expelling them from the party.

Once a close ally of  Chakwera,  Chatinkha,  is now one of his strongest critics.

She challenged Chakwera of having personal vendetta with those with dissenting views over his leadership.

Chidzanja-Nkhoma dismissed the NEC decision, saying she never applied to become an MCP member and Chakwera could not stop her from being one.

“The party cannot fire us without due processes. Why did the NEC not invite us to hear our side of the story? As a leader aspiring to become a national leader, he [Chakwera] should have democratic tendencies,” said Chidzanja-Nkhoma.

She argued that MCP has contravened its own constitution of not allowing her to be heard.

“Chakwera as a leader alongside the NEC can’t fire me at all cost because no tenant will dare to vacate their landlord on his own house. I was born in MCP and will die there.

“My effort to talk to the leadership proved futile as all avenues to do so were closed. So, all over the sudden you can’t be dismissed without being heard. What I want is to have a unifying leader in MCP. Chakwera can make a very good President for this country but what has remained is to be accommodative to all members in the party ahead of 2019 Tripartite election which MCP need to win,” said Chatinkha.

And  Jumbe  also challenged the decision to expel him from MCP, questioning NEC’s mandate of not following party procedures for failing to summon him in order to hear his side of the story.

“This expulsion contravenes rules of natural justice where concerned parties are supposed to be heard. I will remain MCP member until all party procedures are followed for my expulsion.

“Since this issue has erupted, the party has never given me a platform to hear my side of story. This means that my birth right of being heard has been violated. In fact I am just hearing from you the media that the party has expelled me,” said Jumbe.

MCP also suspended party spokesperson Jessie Kabwila and lawmaker Joseph Njobvuyalema for being accused of having a hand for last week’s botched plot to burn the party’s headquarters in the capital Lilongwe.

“Looking at the gravity of the allegation, NEC decided to suspend the two while subjecting them to a disciplinary process managed by a disciplinary committee that was constituted by NEC with effect from August 31 2016,” Chakwera said.

The committee has 30 days to investigate and call for a hearing of the suspended legislators before a decision is made.

Chakwera said the legislators’ positions in Parliament would remain secure until a decision of the disciplinary committee is communicated to the NEC after which a final decision would be made.

The duo’s suspension runs till September as a special committee has been set aside to hear their side of the story before the final verdict is made on them.

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26 thoughts on “MP Jumbe, Chidzanja-Nkhoma defiant at MCP expulsion”

  1. MKANDAWIRE says:

    MCP kusankha atsogoleli imatha tisaname Kamuzu, Gwanda, JZU, Chakwera , people with maturirty and leadership qualities look chakwera has fired some members yet president APM is shielding 7ministers this tells me that Chakwera can indeed deal with corruption ………….2019 kuchedwa abale inu


    Felix Jumbe samatha ndale , akanawina ku convetion MCP imatha, akanapitanayo ku DPP , he isnt mature in politics.

  3. Godeah says:

    And then the treason case is automatically dropped

  4. Patrick Phiri says:

    This dictator Chakwera satithandiza. How do you expel somebody before hearing their side of the story? A basic principle of natural justice demands that. You cannot set up a committee to hear their side of the story after you have already expelled them. We have a dangerous dictator amongst us. The earlier he is removed, the better for the party. I am now with the so called rebels.

  5. Kenkkk says:

    Just go and join dpp you traitors. You don’t want mcp, so go to your bribing dpp thugs. Why are you insisting on remaining in mcp when your behaviour is too divisive and intent on destroying mcp?

    Off you go you dpp twisted brainwashed stupid people.

  6. Suzi says:

    The only best thing you ought to do is go back and apologize , otherwise you are waisting your precious time. You think Malawians are stupid just like you money diggers. We actually know whats going on. Just wait and c come 2019 its Chakwera

    1. Patrick Phiri says:

      MCP will never rule Malawi again. Dictator Chakwera cannot win any elections.

  7. James Phiri says:

    History repeating itself. When you are planning a war- you must always have plan B. Jumbe, Chatinkha, Kabwila, and Njobvuyalema, dont waste your time. Form your party or join another party. For Jumbe, you grossly overstated your value in MCP. You did not grow any roots to stand on your own. You are not like Uladi who can stand and win as an Independent candidate. Look around and you will see what happened to Alekeni from Dowa, Gwengwe, Kandodo, etc. The developments which DPP has brought to Salima should have scared you. You better join Dpp now and pray that they will allow you to contest under their ticket. The same applies to Kabwila. You should have been careful. You have insulted the Muthalika brothers and there is no way they can sympathize with you. Without MCP, you are alone politically. You may be contemplating of going back to University- I can tell you that it will not be easy if Dpp or MCP win the election. You have created enemies in both parties.

    As for Chatinkha, let it be known that this is NEW MCP. You were born in the old MCP. You should have been an MP first for people to appreciate your significance in the party. Your dad was a very disciplined and loyal politician.

    As for Njobvuyalema, this is not the right way to prepare for retirement from politics. You represent the OLD MCP and like Jumbe, you have grossly over-stated your value in the party. To MCP, consider this as an opportunity to inject new blood in the party.

    Mr Chakwela, a true leader is measured by his response to crisis. By dismissing these people you have shown one key mark of a good leader- firm and decisiveness. You are a man of God and you know that you must these are the tests you must pass before being anointed as a leader. You will meet scorpions , snakes and crocodiles in your way to 2019. Stay focused and remember your God.

    Lastly, my advice to Dpp is to focus on what the late Bingu did- Economic developments. These are tangible things which have permanent impact on people. Nobody can challenge these.

  8. Eugene says:

    Bloody agents

  9. Sindi says:

    Remove the picture of burnt buttocks please

    1. nancy says:

      exactly it makes me shiver and very sad please nyasa times remove the picture

    2. Nkata says:

      Truely you nyasa guys take off that Sh*t pls. We hav had enough of it

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

    For whatever reasons, what is happening in MCP is getting me to think about the history of nationalism in Malawi to which MCP traces its roots. It is also giving me interest in the history and future of the numerous parties that have been formed during the multiparty dispensation.
    Those who have followed the history of this country will remember that the history of MCP is rooted in the fire of nationalism that started burning in the hearts of Nyasas in or around 1915. This was slightly 20 years after Malawi had been declared a British Protectorate in 1891. Add 20+ years to 1915 the North Nyasa Association was born in or around 1944 with Levi Mumba at the Center. Add 20 years, in 1964, Malawians attained independence with MCP at the helm. But, since 1964 MCP, just like many parties around the world, has gone through several critical junctures. In 1964 MCP went through the famous (?) Cabinet Crisis which saw almost the entire cabinet resigning leaving Dr. Banda, John Msonthi, John Tembo and two or three others behind. Add almost another 20 years, in 1983 another Cabinet Crisis took place at the Parliament Building in Zomba where power struggle took center stage and the rest is history. Add 20 years in 2003-4 we all witnessed the fierce Chakwamba/Tembo Crisis that saw MCP getting divided into two factions each using a different constitution. MCP is now 20+ years out of power and the party is going through this “Cabinet” crisis. Will it come out stronger or weaker?
    A few questions are on my mind: Does MCP offer us any lessons for the future of political parties in Malawi? Has MCP lost its sense of nationalism? What’s magical about 20 years in MCP? Have the past crises made MCP stronger or weaker? For sure, there will be losers (like Mtaba and Gwanda are today) and winners (like JZU came out). Who will be the current winners and losers? Team Chakwera (of the young generation)? or Team Chatinkha/Jumbe (of the old District Chairmen)? I am following with keen interest all these events.
    I am also tempted to think about parties that were born during the multiparty dispensation: Have UDF or DPP or PP or AFORD gone through this type of crises? If they have – how do they compare with MCP? Have they come out stronger? I know that, except for the death of Bingu, DPP has not yet gone through this kind of crisis. Will DPP go through this type of crisis any time soon? If it does, will DPP come out stronger or weaker? What exactly enables a party to remain strong in a time of crisis like MCP is going through? Money? Connections? Supporters? fate? the quality of its leaders?
    One thing that I find common about all our parties though, is the tendency by some members to argue that they cannot be disciplined simply because they either were born in the party or because their parents or relatives or themselves have contributed something (e.g. money) to the growth of the party at some point in its history. Chatinkha, daughter to former MCP stalwart of Nkhoma, Lilongwe, seems to imply this in her numerous times I have heard her speak to the media. Some have, like it is happening in MCP, argued that the party is “theirs” hence nobody can discipline them, let alone expel them, even when facts are clear that they have contravened the cornerstones of the MCP- unity, loyalty, obedience and discipline. One question that always bothers me is: Are those who were “born” (whatever that means) in the party not supposed to read the rules and regulations of “their” party? Are they not supposed to be disciplined when they contravene those rules and regulations?? What exactly defines one’s membership to a party? The place of birth? The family of birth? Subscribing to party ideologies and its values, or its rules and regulations? What happens when parents die? What happens when you stop to subscribe to the values or ideologies of your party? You should be left alone because you are a son or daughter of Mr. or Mrs so and so who once served the party well?? I really don’t know. What prevents one from just arguing their case without referring to where they were born?
    I feel that what is happening in MCP offers this country a good platform for lesson learning. I believe, however, that leaders must always make decisive decisions each time ideologies or rules and regulations have been contravened by a member – regardless of the whatever contribution their father or themselves have made to that party in the past.
    I am therefore, inclined to think that MCP will teach us many lessons by the time this crisis dies down. I can’t wait to see how DPP or PP or UDF or AFORD will survive after going through a crisis of this magnitude. I am observing with a lot of interest, what is taking place in the party that is at the center of the country’s history. MCP.

    Kent Y.G. Mphepo, Blantyre.

    1. Kumavalo Nsamaonetsa Nyoni says:

      Kent Y.G. Mphepo, Blantyre.

      Malawians do not like sensible comments.Malawians like throwing unfounded accusations at each other, a comment like yours is what they call: (Putting pearls before shine)

      “Matthew 7:6 in Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount:

      “Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.”

      You have just done that sir.

    2. Dan says:

      Big Up man, what a long and sensible comment. The question really remains, how strong or weak will my MCP come out of this crisis, and what lessons will Malawians draw from that?

    3. Gawa Undi says:

      MCP has not gone through a crisis of the magnitude DPP, AFORD and UDF have gone through. They are tried and tested. You recall what happened when UDF/AFORD coalition government collapsed where Chihana and some of his ministers/MPs pulled out while others like Dr. Mapopa Chipeta refused to leave government? Do you remember what happened to UDF when Bakili and Bingu fell out of each other and Bingu left the party to form DPP in 2005 with the bark of UDF MPs and executives/members? Do you remember what happened to DPP when Bingu died in 2012 when the bark of MPs and executives and ordinary members defected to JB’s PP? And what happened to PP after 2014 tripartite elections.

      Now, can you compare these crises to mere bickering of Chakwera and five to eight people?

      My verdict is that MCP hasn’t seen nothing like a crisis yet. The situation is pretty much manageable. What Chakwera lacks basically is conflict resolution skills, tolerance and being democratic. He is more autocratic right now therefore intolerant to criticism or challenge hence resorting to suspensions, dismissals, demotions and outright sidelining those he doesn’t like (Munro, Jumbe and Kabwira in my mind).

  11. Jamali Jumani Molere says:

    A Chatinkha inu mpaka LANDLORD za chipani,,,,? mmmmm mwawonetseratu kuti you and your rebellious group have no any spot of good leadership. The only thing you would do to have your respect accorded was to sit down and plan well on how you and Mr. Felix Jumbe would like to spend that money DPP has given you.

    Mwagwa nayo basi kkkkkkk- A Chatinkha. Eeeiiissshhh.

    You were born in MCP so you think you cant be expelled even if you are doing your NOSENSE – chibwana mwana iwe. Zisiye ndale mwanawe, akulangiza udyo amene amakulangizawo – You are still very young to be involved in such dirty game.

    Pita kumudzi kalere ana ako mtsikana.

  12. Jumbe and Chatinkha, you do not wish this country well. Things are not moving forward in this country and people’s expectation was to see MCP govern this country from 2019. You people failed to secure a seat during the the 2013 convention. What you want to do is to destroy the party and pull down Dr. Chakwera. If the blue camp is sending you to do this then you’ll regret your actions. DPP knows how to use people and damp them as used condoms. And if you think you are powerful enough just form your own party and let’s see if you can secure even a seat at a ward level. Otherwise just shut up. MCP does not need you.

  13. kings says:

    Watch out MCP & come out from your deep slumber, all is not good in the party go back to your drawing board & rectify the short falls rather than firing your own hard fought & dedicated members won’t help matters at all.

    1. Jamali Jumani Molere says:

      Bodza iloooooo…..

    2. Namang\'ong\'olo says:

      that’s not true kings

  14. Moses Makoko says:

    I dont understand Felix jumbe. I am beginning to be failing to understand kabwira my former lecture. Chidzanja nkhoma is just a girl who has hit some money and wants everybody to know she has got money. Seriously if we gave MCP to this lady who thinks we can win an election?

  15. becks says:

    The last kicks of dying horses. Once MCP NEC says you are out that marks the end of you MCP. You can’t win any election nor hold any influential position. Anaconda style. The best Jumbe and colleagues is not to waste time with litigation but plan to either join DPP or start their on party

  16. Chabwera Kumanda says:

    Wokana Laza sagona????
    Wokana Laza sagona timpweteka ????

    Tidzafa ! Eh! Tidzafa ! Eh! Tidzafa naye! Tili pambuyi pa Lazaro????

    Jumbe, Kabwira, Njobvuyalema, Chatinkha ndi a kapirikoni ndi owukira nonse tikakuponyani ku ang’ona!

  17. Ade says:


    1. Zodabwitsa says:

      My advice to Chatinkha. Please focus on knowing your God. You were given a second chance to live after being a dangerous prostitute. Stop wasting court’s time. You are not an influential person in a society. Your father was. Even Casanovas in DPP are not interested in you because you are just like a man

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