The ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) is rejecting accusations that it has a hand on the burning of a car belonging to spokesperson of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Jessies Kabwila on Wednesday night.
DPP spokesman Francis Kasaila said the party his not involved and said MCP should not blame it for its internal fights.
But DPP mouth piece online and social media networks linked MCP thugs aligning to party president Lazarus Chakwera to the incicdent, claiming it is a punishment to Kabwila for allgedely sponsoring a news conference of disgruntled district chairmen in Blantyre on Tueday in the Southern Region calling for an immediate convention to resolve a “leadership crisis” in the party.
The disgruntled district leaders told journalists in Blantyre yesterday that there were serious irregularities in the manner their president Lazarus Chakwera was implementing the party’s constitution; hence, the convention.
However, the fresh call for a convention comes at a time the matter is already in court after some disgruntled party leaders dragged the leadership to court to push for a convection.
Initially, the court ordered MCP to hold the convention within 90 days, but the directive was challenged before High Court judge Chifundo Kachale noticed grave disputes in the matter and stopped the holding of convention.
MCP deputy secretary general Eisenhower Mkaka said linking the party to Kabwila’s car burning is “senseless”.
“This is the work of DPP. Regime thugs who burned Issa Njaunju car and killed him (Anti Corruption Bureau official) were not caught and this has [stubborn] link,” he said.
Mkaka said DPP is responsible in organising and sponsoring dissent in MCP.
The misunderstandings in MCP emerged after Chakwera reportedly reshuffled the national executive committee (NEC) unilaterally when he removed some old faces in strategic positions and roped i(ACB n new ones.
District chairpersons from Blantyre North, Chiradzulu, Chikwawa, Mulanje, Thyolo and representatives from other areas yesterday blasted Chakwera’s leadership style, likening it to a “careless driver”.
According to the MCP constitution, the district chairpersons are the ones who have the mandate to call for the party’s convention.