Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has accused its secretary general Chris Daza of scheming for an emergency convention where he would seek leadership contest.
MCP administrative secretary Portipher Chidaya said Daza forged some signatories of the 32 district committees in the petition to party president John Tembo to call for an emergency convention to identify a possible candidate for the 2014 presidential elections.
In the petition which Nyasa Timeshas obtained, dated August 1 2011, called for the convention to inform the membership on finances and also unveil potential presidential hopefuls and clearly saying Tembo is ineligible to run as per party constitution.
Chidaya described the petition as “fraud” and that “the list contains dubious district committees, signatures or wrong people who are not chairpersons recognised by the party.”
He said among the people whose signatures were forged is Mchinji district MCP chairperson Crispin Kaliyeti Banda.
Banda confirmed that he never put his imprint to the petition and accuses Daza of forging his signature.
But some signatories of the petition – bona fide officials of MCP- have confirmed to be party to it.
According to press reports, in his December 12 2011 memorandum to Tembo, Daza says Article 40 of the MCP constitution provides that 51 percent of the legitimate leadership at district level can constitutionally call for an emergency convention.