AFORD NEC divided at convention, some chased out

The Alliance for Democracy (AFORD), which was supposed to hold its convention on Tuesday, May 1, had its National Executive Committee to resolve way forward following disagreements on delegates that were supposed to participate in the voting process.

Aford MP Frank Mwenifumbo aspiring to be party president arriving at the convention surrounded by his body guards

The convention, which the High Court in Lilongwe ordered that it should take place on May 1, was marred by unprecedented stops and discussions over a number of issues.

At least the two warring camps, Mwenifumbo’s and Chihana’s, met over six times.

One meeting between Chihana, the present leader, and presidential aspirant, Frank Mwenifumbo, took over twenty minutes in the convention hall in the presence of the delegates.

After the meeting, Tanilani Chipeta, the chairman of the organizing committee for the convention announced that there would be a NEC meeting to map way forward.

There was tight security by private security detail hired by both camps.

AFORD, chairman of elections and campaign committee was chased out of the NEC meeting despite being a bonafide member by an emotional Chihana. Two other women were also kicked out.

Msowoya, AFORD long time serving publicist furiously walked out of the convention hall.

But in an interview, AFORD publicist, Khumbo Mwaungulu, blamed the “confusion” on Mwenifumbo.

“He does not wish the party well,” said Mwenifumbo.

Mwenifumbo told Nyasa Times earlier that he was a peace-loving Malawian who wanted to save AFORD from impunity.

“I want to make AFORD better again,” he said.

His supporters, thousands, chanted “zisinthe! Zisinthe! [we want change! We want change!” each time he waved at them.

AFORD, the first democratic party in Malawi that challenged President Kamuzu Banda’s totalitarianism regime in 1993, was supposed to hold its convention on Tuesday, May 1.

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Chisalu cha mkachisi
4 years ago

mwenefumbo walandira ndalama ku Dpp ndicholinga kuti akawina aphatikizane ndi Dpp chitsiru cha munthu chosafunira a Malawi zabwino

4 years ago

At all cost Mwinifumbo ndi munthu osokoneza chipani

winston msowoya
winston msowoya
4 years ago

On behalf of the Malawian diaspora,I strongly support Mwenifumbo to lead the custodian Party AFORD to a new era.Chihana’s role is over and it is time to pass it over to other responsible and patriotic leaders.The fact that Chihana’s father was the leader of AFORD,that does not give N.Chihana responsibilities to lead the Party.Malawians are tired of naked-dictatorship.Afrterall,Mwenifumbo commands gargantuan national support.Chihana like his father Chakufwa,is power hungry,but he lacks leadership acumen.Chihana knows himself that he has no support country-wide and therefore,he must give opportunities to reliable and patriotic Malawian like Mwenifumbo.To this effect,we had a meeting a week ago… Read more »

4 years ago

“Malawi must be free from tribalism” kkkk Atumbuka kusiya tsakho kuzakhala kutha kwa dziko.

mbwex mbwex
mbwex mbwex
4 years ago

Atumbuka kuzimva,kusafuna kugonja….kuchuluka school……bayambanani,olamula tili pheeee

4 years ago

Eti mwenifumbo mpaka kubweretsa ma bodyguards to a party convention with only one member of parliament !!!
Kufera za eni m’ malo mokalera ana ndizidzukulu. Waste of time and ENERGY

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