Leader of opposition in parliament, Lazarous Chakwera is at war with the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) establishment and its grass roots on two fronts as High Court Judge Chifundo Kachale has said there are “serious disputes” over the party holding a convention to elect its leadership.
The Judge has since advised that witnesses must be tried orally and be cross examined in the case before the High Court on the bitter divisions in the Chakwera-led MCP.
Some MCP members wanted to hold a convention to remove the Chakwera from the party leadership. They accuse the opposition leader of nepotism in his selection of party leaders and inconsistency in implementing the party’s constitution.
However, Judge Kachale later set aside the application.
Initially, according to the The Nation newspaper report on Wednesday, the case which was held in chambers, was going to hear affidavits of the applicants who would then be cross examnined.
However, after careful consideration, Kachale ruled that all members, who are more than eight, must be heard orally and be cross examined.
Lawyer representing MCP, Wapona Kita, confirmed the development and said the matter has been moved to July 11, and is expected to run up to the 13th.
“On these days, we are going to hear the witnesses testify and we will cross examine them based on what they will say. The judge feels the case has some serious issues of disputes and cannot proceed,” Kita said.
On his part, lawyer representing the applicants, Wesley Namasala, refused to comment when contacted.
The disgruntled members have been holding press conferences telling members of the party have been holding their positions positions unconstitutionally, allegations that MCP has refuted.