Chakwera says some leaders blocking change in Malawi Congress Party

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has revealed that there is resistance against his reformist agenda to shade off the bad image of the party amid a growing push for a convention he believes is designed to stop the changes going on in the party.

Chakwera: MCP renewal

MCP, the country’s oldest party, has always been labelled as a party of darkness because of late Dr Kamuzu Banda’s autocratic rule which
witnessed many flee the country for fear of being killed or detained.

Banda ruled with an iron fist until his death in 1997.

“We have to change this bad image and rebrand into a party that is in sync with the aspirations of the people but unfortunately others within the party are against this change, they still want to and accuse me of being against the older folks in the party,” he said in
an exclusive interview.

“I am not against the older folks in the party but am against the old system that binds people into doing things differently…but others within the party are saying that we don’t like Chawera’s changing of the party… they would rather stay the same as it has always been,” said Chakwera, whose election to take over from John Tembo symbolized
a new democratic MCP.

But the emergence of a faction whose face is in the form of secretary general Gustav Kaliwo has put in the spotlight the divisions in the
party and wants a convention validate Chakwera’s leadership.

The faction has also condemned as undemocratic the push for Sidick Mia
to be running mate for Chakwera arguing that the party already has Richard Msowoya as the party’s elected Vice President and therefore an
automatic running mate for the 2019 elections.

Early June, as per the party’s constitution, Kaliwo’s group published a list of delegates to the convention, which Chakwera described as

“Why would you want to have a convention now and take 2013 delegates? What do want to do when MCP unlike many other parties has been going to the regions and to the districts holding elections and then somebody says we don’t recognise those elections and take old folks who left the party or lost the election as delegates?,” wondered Chakwera.

An independent verification of the list of delegates published both in  both the Nation newspaper and Daily Times revealed that some of the delegates already left the party like Chris Daza, some died, or lost grass elections while new MPs and the party’s Mayor of Lilongwe, his councillors were conspicuously missing on the list.

“Even the Mayor of the city of Lilongwe would not even be a delegate to the convention when our constitution says the Mayor and his
councillors should be delegates… Do you see any sense in this?” he asked.

Since the MCP lost the elections in the popular multiparty elections in 1994, the party has always come second in the subsequent elections and still remains the country’s main opposition in parliament.

A latest survey by the respected Afrobarometer revealed last month that the party would likely win if elections were held now.

This revelation, many believe, has heightened the infighting within the party.

Afroboarometer, a non-partisan research network, also predicted that Peter Mutharika’s DPP would win the 2014 elections. DPP won dethroning Joyce Banda’s Peoples Party which took over via a constitutional order when President Bingu wa Mutharika died suddenly in office.

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4 years ago

Wider and wider…. there goes the rift between the Pres and his Sec General.
Only solution: Quick Convention to refresh true and ideal party allegiance.

MCP Diehard
MCP Diehard
4 years ago

Abwana Chakwera kupanda kulowa Southern Region simungapambane 2019

Lt. F. Chakhaza (rtd)
Lt. F. Chakhaza (rtd)
4 years ago

Hi Mabvuto Banda, just a point of correction. Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda did not die in 1992, rather he died in November, 1997. Unless you are referring to his iron fist rule, that would make some sense because this was a period when there was pressure from all corners of the country when Catholic Bishops issued their first pastoral letter highlighting the ills of one party system of government and the likes of Kamlepo Kalua and Unandi Banda were busy pilling pressure on MCP to allow multi-party politics through Channel Africa’s Chichewa service. However, politically Kamuzu was still strong until… Read more »

Lt. F. Chakhaza (rtd)
Lt. F. Chakhaza (rtd)
4 years ago

Hi Mabvuto Banda, just a point of correction. Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda did not die in 1992 rather he died in 1997. Unless you are referring to his iron fist rule, I would not agree to your article. Yes, his iron fist rule ended in 1992 when press groups emerged in the country and the likes of Kamlepo Kalua and Unandi Banda were all over on Channel Africa Chichewa service then. Even politically he was still alive until 1993/94 when proponents of one party system of government lost against proponents of multi-party system of government through a referendum on 14th… Read more »

Don Msuku
Don Msuku
4 years ago

Kamuzu dies in 1997 and not 1992. Nyasatimes, please make sure there is some proof reading before you post articles. look the other one has another error of Mutharika and not Munthali who was preaching in Mzuzu.

4 years ago

“Banda ruled with an iron fist until his death in 1992”, do you people have editors? Just reading this story to this place then you just get bored and stop.

Mtumbuka Mwenecho
Mtumbuka Mwenecho
4 years ago

Achipeta kavineni vinyau. MCP is a party of death and darkness. I was asked many times trying to board a bus why I forgot the stinky party membership card but did not forget my genitalia. Go to hell and roast. Kwao gule kwao guleeee…kkkkkkkk

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