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Four MCP’s ‘Nkholokolo’ lose case against Chakwera

Four Malawi Congress Party (MCP) members  who last month petitioned the High Court  against their party president Lazarus Chakwera have lost the case.

Some of MCP’s ‘Nkholokolo’

The four aggrieved members dubbed ‘Nkholokolo’ (troublemakers) are Stowell Gondwe, former regional chairperson for the North; Bauleni Mkweza, former regional chairperson for the Lakeshore; Angela Chunga and Malita Nasoni, former chairpersons for League of Malawi Women in Dowa East and Nsanje, respectively.

The aggrieved members obtained an exparte injunction restraining their president’s decision to reconstitute the party national executive committee (NEC) by creating new positions and moving existing position holders to other posts which the convention did not elect them to.

Gondwe in his sworn affidavits asked the Court to block the MCP NEC meeting describing it as unconstitutional.

But pronouncing judgement on Tuesday,  Judge John Chirwa ruled that there was nothing wrong with the meeting.

The court further argued that the request by Gondwe was just an abuse of court systems and that he has lost the case with costs.

During the MCP national executive committee (NEC) resolved to suspend the party’s first vice president Richard Msowoya and Secretary General (SG) pending disciplinary action for causing “confusion” in the main opposition party.

The party suspended Msowoya and Kaliwo who stayed away from the meeting despite being invited to attend.

The MCP NEC also suspended former spokeswoman Jessie Kabwila, director of foreign affairs Tony Kandiero and Second Deputy Secretary General Chatonda Kaunda who were party to the “troublemakers” group.

The meeting at the MCP headquarters in Lilongwe was called by Chakwera to resolve internal wrangles.

During the same meeting, NEC appointed Eisenhower Mkaka as Secretary General replacing Kaliwo and Reverend Maurice Munthali as acting Deputy Publicity Secretary.

MCP deputy publicity secretary Ezekiel Ching’oma was endorsed as full party Publicity Secretary.

Under Article 14 of the MCP constitution, NEC has powers to suspend or dismiss a member if such members has committed a serious and persistent breach under the constitution provided that the procedure for such action should conform to the rules of natural justice that the accused be heard.

Mkaka has since expressed happiness over the outcome of the case.

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