Bandawe ‘playing ball’ with other parties: MCP invites primary poll loser for discussion

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: To hold talks with MCP

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Monday threatened to drag the party to court after the presiding offier declared he was winner but a special committee rescinded the decision to declare incumbent member of parliament Juliana Lunguzi victorious.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.

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oMachemba
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oMachemba

Mr Munthali: No, MCP is not competent to arbitrate this case. Mr bandawe should have been accorded the courtesy and decency of natural justice, and heard his side also, before you struck down the gavel.
The Party has clearly taken sides, and by doing so it has disqualified itself to judge without favor. So, this case must proceed to Court, and be heard by a competent judge baasi.
No “ifs”. No “Buts”.

Msasa
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Msasa

There can only be one winner and in this case Juliana won, Bandawe, If you want to join another party you can MCP will go one. There are many people who have left the party in the past, but MCP is still there and it will be there for many years to come.

Chilungamo
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Chilungamo

This guy is not only an opportunist he is a trickster and operative of MCP detractors.
One can smell a rat from the word go. The man likely had made prior arrangements with one of the contestants (behind the scenes, probably funded by a party of thieves & crooks) to dupe Lunguzi. The trick/ plan was for the “fake shadow contestant” to stand then withdraw at the 11th hour i.e. “sell the trickster voters”. This is a dangerous man MCP should not entertain. He will definitely defect after winning on a MCP to his funders.

Aka
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Aka

Juliana lunguzi is as genuine ans genuine person can be. Cool, well mannered, greatly cultured, jealousy down! Rate her performance in parliament. She talks sense and only sense.

Concerned
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Concerned

AS IT IS BANDAWE IS NOT MCP AND HE HAS NEVER BEEN MCP.SAKUMVETSA CHIFUKWA WADYEREDWA NDALAMA NDI GULU LA ACHIDZANJA.Ndiponso ndimunthu wakuti MCP Kuluza chisankho iyeyo ali MP,he can defect to the ruling party because of GREEED.

Patrick Phiri
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Patrick Phiri

MCP with its current leadership is totally useless. You make a very important political decision against Bandawe before hearing his side of the story. Now that he has threatened to take the matter to court, you want to hear him. Does that make sense? Is MCP serious?

JKF
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JKF

Koma zinazi eish……..MCP corruption and inept leadership while you are still in opposition? Who, in their right mind, can trust you the government purse? You are now failing to manage political party affairs. How can you then manage government affairs? It really scares me just to think that you can be entrusted with this job of running the affairs of this country. You are not ready.

Mike Tembwe
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Mike Tembwe

You seem to be one of those people omangolubwalubwa without facts. You said who can trust MCP? Are you kidding me? Check facts on the ground. To give you a tip, check MCP performance in past elections, check what the party has done to build up support in areas where it was a no-go zone, check how it has energized its supporters, check recent surveys about the party which Malawians trust and has what it takes to solve Malawi’s problems. If you don’t know the facts, sit down and watch MCP returns to State House in May 2019 and remove… Read more »

Toka
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Toka

Tell them.

banker
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KIKIKIKIKI!!!!!1 Mr Bandawe malowalowa, Inu nkhuku singasanduke kukhala baka ayi , MCP NDI MCP basi. Uyenela kusatalila ngodwa zinayi : Kumvela, Kusunga mwambo, kukhulupilika, ndi kuphwasula. Mr Bandawe uyenela kumvela.Tikati MCPNDI MCP

Otambwali
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He is an opportunistic person. Juliana is a true MCP person from blood. This one is just seeking a seat through MCP. He stood under PP and lost, so he realizes to win he needs to be under MCP. He is opportunistic and not true to MCP. He must go back to his PP and stand under them. Do not confuse our MCP.

THIRD EYE
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THIRD EYE

WHY DID GE HETS SO MUCH VOTE THEN IF HE’S NOT MCP?

Mike Tembwe
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Mike Tembwe

Yes, Mbandawe ,malowalowa. He ended up joining the most democratic, sane, corrupt-free and disciplined party in the country. He tried to bring the corruption from PP but it has not worked in MCP. He should have remained in parties that have a history of corruption e.g. PP. UDF, DPP, UTM

Toka
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Toka

Kkkkkkkkkkkk he forgot MCP is the only party in Malawi with clean leaders

Leadership
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Leadership

MCP needs to tread very carefully with this issue, it can make or break the party

Tiyeni nazo
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Tiyeni nazo

Kodi who really won ??

izi
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izi

the winner

Mike Tembwe
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Mike Tembwe

Lunguzi won. Bandawe played tricks to full people that he won. The party, having analyzed what really happened, they announced the real winner, Lunguzi. MCP is a party that is against corruption, theft, impunity etc and this has to start within the party. As such, there is no way they can allow someone to represent it who won the primaries by cheating. If the party was to do that, then the integrity of the leadership would be questioned.

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