Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has told Dedza east primary poll loser Patrick Bandawe to drop his decision to challenge the matter in court and go for talks with the party but the politician is said to put his foot down as he is playing ball with other opposition parties.
Bandawe on Monday threatened to drag the party to court after the presiding offier declared he was winner but a special committee rescinded the decision to declare incumbent member of parliament Juliana Lunguzi victorious.
But MCP publicity secretary Maurice Munthali said the party would want to have talks with Bandawe.
“As a party, we believe that party matters be dealt with by the party itself. The party is competent to handle the matter instead of going to court,” said Munthali.
Munthali said the party is willing to hear his side of the story and told Bwanali to drop his decision of going to court to appear before party officials on the matter.
Bandawe, who in the May 20 2014 Tripartite Elections contested on a ticket of the then governing People’s Party (PP) but lost to Lunguzi, the incumbent, in a separate interview, said he has been invited to appear before the director of Elections of the MCP Moses Kunkuyu and other officials on Friday.
He,however, wondered why the party is asking him to meet party officials after declaring him loser in the primary poll results, saying the MCP was supposed to hear his side of the story before the declaration of the results.
“I gave the party 24 hours to rescind its decision and declare me winner and the 24 hours has expired now. I am consulting my lawyers to see the next course of action,” he said.
Bandawesaid the MCP verdict on the primary elections in Dedza east lacked natural justice, saying if there were irregularities, a rerun could have been ordered.
The MCP primary polls have been marred with irregularities, corruption and violence.