Chakwera yet to fill NEC vacancies

Newly elected Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera is yet to come out with a complete line up of members of the party’s national executive committee (Nec).

A party convention in Lilongwe on August 10 gave the new President a mandate to fill up the Nec posts in two weeks times after the meeting observed that it had no enough time to conduct elections for some of the posts.

The convention only had a chance to elect the president, his two deputies, the secretary general and his deputy and also the treasurer general.

During Chakwera’s maiden rally in Kasungu on Sunday, the party presented to the supporters only the six  who apart from Chakwera included first Vice President Richard Msowoya, second vice President MacDonald Lombola, Secretary General Chris Daza, his deputy Chatonda Kaunda and Treasurer General Tony Kandiero.

Chakwera:At his first rally
Chakwera:At his first rally

In an interview Daza said the party is likely to come up with a full list of its Nec members probably by next week.

Due to the inadequate time the convention agreed that all regions should submit names of people in different positions for possible inclusion into the Nec and also mandated the new President to make necessary appointments based on the given names and regional balance consideration.

Said Daza: “We have started receiving the names and probably by Wednesday we would have received all the names, we would then have to look at them and then the President will make the appointments. An announcement of the full Nec will probably be made next week.”

He, however, said the current arrangement does not breach the party’s constitution since the convention that made the decision is the main authority in the party.

“The convention has even powers to amend the constitution and it is the same authority that mandated the President to make the appointments,” added Daza.

Apart from introducing the five Nec members, during the rally the party also welcomed several notable names as new members.

These included former MPs Barman Zgambo (Kasungu north west), Liliani Kapanda (Kasungu south west) who was also at one time first Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and also Kasungu Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) District Governor Filbert Yabwalo.

Other notable faces also present included former Speaker of the National Assembly Louis Chimango and former Director of National Intelligence Services Bintonny Kutsaila.

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