Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Dr Lazarus Chakwera on Thursday confirmed a report by Nyasa Times the sanction imposed by the party national executive committee (NEC) that Salima Central Member of Parliament Felix Jumbe be expelled and suspended member of Parliament for Salima North West, Dr Jessie Kabwira as well as MP for Lilongwe Mapuyu, Joseph Njobvuyalema.
“Hon. Felix Jumbe, MP. The National Executive Committee received communication from Salima Central Constituency Committee disowning their Member of Parliament. The Committee complained of gross indiscipline by Hon. Jumbe. The Committee then called Hon. Jumbe for a hearing three times where during the hearings he promised change. Seeing no change, the constituency committee resolved that the said member of Parliament cease to be a member of the party,” Chakwera said.
“When the NEC saw the complaints contained in the letter and the procedures taken by the Committee, they were satisfied by the action taken by the Constituency Committee and thus resolved to adopt their action,” he added.
Accoridng to Chakwera, MCP Constitution in Article 6 (1) NEC has the powers to refuse membership to any person who does not share the vision of the party and that arArticle 8 (C) stipulates that NEC may refuse to admit anyone to membership.
Commenting on the suspension of Kabwila and Njobvuyalema, Chakwera said the two have been suspended for being linked with the foiled party office bombing.
“As you are all aware, some people were apprehended here at the MCP headquarters with an intent to takeover and/or destroy the party Headquarters. When these people were quizzed, they confessed that there were sent by some five party members: some of whom are holding NEC positions, others, ordinary members. Two of the five were Hon. Jessie Kabwira and Hon. Njobvuyalema,” said MCP President.
Chakwera said NEC will continue on the path to rebrand as one way of preparing for the 2019 General Elections so that Malawians are given their desired destiny.
“We have taken cognizant of the suffering of Malawians in all spheres of life: agriculture, health, education, economy, security, social, etc. It is with that view in mind that as a Party we remain focussed on keeping ourselves relevant to all Malawians by re-branding and changing any negative labels that have been associated with the Malawi Congress Party,” said Chakwera.
Chakwera said MCP is doing all it can to make sure that the Party, as a unified force, faces the 2019 elections prepared on the road to redeeming this nation.
Some of the suspended members include Lyton Dzombe, Ms Chatinkha Chidzanja Nkhoma, Mr Dennis Nanthumba, Mr. Gwazantini, and Mr. Isaac Jere.