The opposition Malawi Forum for Unity and Development (Mafunde) says will hold its national convention before the end of this year.
The party’s president George Nnesa says the party which has been preparing for the indaba for the past two years is doing this in line with its constitution which requires the party to hold a national convention a year preceding the general elections.
Nnesa says among the delegates to the convention ‘supposedly to be held in December’ will be regional, district and area committee members.
But he was mum on whether he would be contest to be his party’s torchbearer in the next year’s tripartite elections.
“I’ve been at the helm of Mafunde for the past ten years,” he said, “it will be up to the delegates to decide whether to re-elect me or not,” he told a local radio.
Mafunde is among the six political parties that are represented in parliament and according to Mnesa “this means that we are popular.”
The Balaka South parliamentarian who shot to fame during the late President Bingu wa Mutharika’s regime when he made allegations that government had cooked up figures to show that the zero-deficit budget was working, however says “we can only test our popularity further by contesting in the general elections next year.”
Mafunde will join a bandwagon of other Malawian political parties that have also held conventions in readiness for the 2014 elections.
Malawi’s major parties the DPP, PP, UDF and MCP have Peter Mutharika, Joyce Banda, Atupele Muluzi and Lazarus Chakwera as their flag carriers.