Malawi Congress Party indaba set for this month

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has scheduled the long awaited national convention this month end in the capital Lilongwe in readiness for the tripartite polls next year.

MCP in May cancelled its long-awaited convention which attracted about 10 contestants for the party’s presidency including retired Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo, former Malawi Assemblies of God president Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, former Farmers Union of Malawi president Felix Jumbe and former Cabinet minister Joda Kanjere . The convention was cancelled because of financial problems.

But the party’s president John Tembo hinted on Tuesday after meeting presidential aspirant at his Area 10 residence in Lilongwe that the party is set to hold the indaba this month end.

He, however, said details “for the public will be made available” at the end of the week.

Tembo: MCP  delegates will decide onm y candidature
Tembo: MCP delegates will decide onm y candidature

Tembo on Tuesday met some of the party’s presidential aspirants and top leaders from the Central Region, they Joseph Njovuyalema, Joda Kanjere, Christopher Daza, Felix Jumbe, Betson Majoni, Watson Makala Ngozo and Tembo himself.

Lazarus Chakwera was absent as he is reportedly out of the country on some business.

Tembo said as MCP president, he has a programme to meet all the aspirants for the party’s top position.

He was scheduled to meet those from the Southern Region [retired chief justice Lovemore Munlo and the party’s former director of political affairs Eston Kakhome] on Wednesday before meeting those from the North on Thursday.

“I will only come up with a statement after I have met all the aspirants,” said Tembo.

Sources who attended the meeting said Tembo called for unity beyond the convention and pointed out that his candidature to seek a re-election as the party’s leader is not a very serious affair compared to the task of keeping the party on the right track before the convention.

Some MCP regional committee members are considering offering party president John Tembo an exit position of national chairperson or patron should he pull out of the party’s presidential race.

But MCP administrative secretary Potiphar Chidaya has said the delegates have no powers to create positions in the party.

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