Malawi Congress Party (MCP) executive member and legislator Lingson Belekanyama has snubbed party secretary general Gustav Kaliwo who included his name in planning a controversial convention from July 7 to 9 .
Belekanyama said the convention being organised by Kaliwo is unlawful and he cannot be party to it.
“I refuse to be party to it,” said Belekanyama who Kaliwo listed him as deputy secretary for the organising committee.
Belekanyama, who is also a member of parliament for Lilongwe Msinja South, said he can only recognise a legitimate convention which has the blessings of the national executive committee (NEC) and not what Kaliwo is organising.
He said he would only accept a position confirmed by MCP president Lazarous Chakwera.
“There are procedures to be followed when you are preparing a convention. The Kaliwo convention is not for MCP,” he said.
Belekanyama cited Article 39 of the party’s constitution which mandates the NEC to call for a convention.
But Kaliwo, a lawyer by profession, insists the party constitutionally is supposed to hold conventions every year and he will hold it either in Zomba or Mangochi on July 7 to 9.
Kaliwo, who was handpicked by Chakwera after the elected SG Chris Daza left to join the People’s Party, is accused of being on a crusade to bring confusion in MCP with support of external forces.