Malawi Congress Party gives ‘rebels’ amnesty: Chakwera seeks to end infighting

Main opposition Malawi Cogress Party (MCP) has extended olive branch to party ‘rebels’ and asked them to come back and work with the leadership in a move to end political squabbles.

Chakwera: MCP renewal

Party acting spokesperson Eisenhower Mkaka confirmed the development on Sunday, saying party president Lazarus Chakwera summoned the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting which was held on Saturday in Lilongwe.

“The meeting was about the status of the party. It was about mapping the way forward and how we can build a stronger party ahead of the 2019 elections,” Mkaka said.

“Those who worked against us can come back. After all, we are one family,” he said.

Mkaka said the party believes in democracy hence its decision to call back those who were fired.

Chatinkha Chidzanja Nkhoma, Salima central MP Felix Jumbe are some of the fired senior officials from the party.

On the convention as demanded by the ‘rebel’ secretary general Gustave Kaliwo, Mkaka said the convention will be held in 2018 as provided for by the party constitution.

“The president talked about the regular convention which will be held in 2018,” he said.

Mkaka said Chakwera told the party’s NEC members he was in discussions with Kaliwo on the need to work together.

Said Mkaka: “The president has been receiving a number of petitions requesting him to fire the secretary general and the popular expectation was the he or the NEC would crack the whip, but the president said that was not the best approach.

“He said he was in talks with the SG and they have agreed on the way forward and he thinks we can move forward as a unified force by getting more people on board than firing them.”

Squabbles have erupted in the second strongest party in the country threatening its chances of grabbing power from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Chakwera has meanwhile received praise from commentators for his apparent intea-party conflict resolution mechanism, as demonstrated that he is now in talks with party secretary general  to resolve their differences  and that the party will, after six months, announce the dates for its national convention where all positions, including  Chakwera’s , will be up for grabs.

The MCP president has been hailed for showing maturity and that he has the interest of the public ahead of selfish individual interests.

Commentators say instability in MCP, as the official opposition  or indeed government-in-waiting, is not good for the country;s democracy.


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Remember, MCP is guided by the FOUR corner stones which are Royalty, Discipline, Obedient and Honesty. Any true member of MCP MUST follow and adhere to these stones that belt the Party, the Country and the world. Any break of these is subject to disciplinary action against the culprit. The call of the President to those who were rebels to the President and the Party should think twice and come back to the taking the advantage of the call. Otherwise you do not do this, your political career shall cease. You will be out of Parliament come 2019. Excellent decision… Read more »



what a nice move, this chakwera guy is really a president material… these are the leaders Malawi needs if we are to progress as an nation. Viva Chakwera( His Excellency Rev. Prof. L. Chakwera) President of the Republic of Malawi come 2019


The only hope for Malawi. Who else in Malawi do you think will stamp out poverty only the Rev Dr Chakwera boma ilo ku Malawi woyeeeeeee


come back Plz!We love you our Comrades!MCP Aluta continuaaaaaaa!


Chatinkha sitikumufuna she’s well suited in Dpp, inu a Jumbe and Kabwila together with your dead man walking Kaliwo should swallow your pride humbly and know that it’s Chakwela calling the shots and your actions should represent the ideals of our Mcp not your selfish motives. Otherwise you can follow your chatinkha


The major problem is the struggle for power. Everyone thinks he/she can rule and yet you have headed only your family. I wished you recall what some old politician said and I quote “Boma sipanchenga” end of quote and yet another said I quote “Running government is serious business” end of quote. It is good to start as a Cabinet Minister and watch the administration from there and not from nowhere.


Nothing sounds better than this! Fatherly touch

Patrick Phiri

The problem is undemocratic firing of party members. Why did you fire Kabwila, Chatinkha and Jumbe? Reinstate them first before we can talk of amnesty.

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