Malawi passive political parties risks chop

Centre for Multi-party Democracy, a grouping of all political parties in the country are pushing for a law that would give powers to government to deregister all passive political parties.

Kizito Tenthani: CMD boss pushing for the bill

Kizito Tenthani, executive director of the Centre for Multi-Party Democracy (CMD) said his government succesfully lobbied for this bill to be drafted by the ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

“The bill was discussed at cabinet level and has since been gazetted which means it will soon be brought in parliament,” he said.

He said out of more than 55 registered political parties in the country, only a handful are active and participate in elections.

Tenthani said if the bill passes into law, a political party cannot be deregistered if it participates in elections and achieves certain percentage of votes cast, among some criteria.

There are two major political parties in Malawi, the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and the main opposition, the Malawi Congress Party(MCP).

Other active political parties with members of parliament are the United Democratic Front and Peoples Party.


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We have got bigger problems than dormant parties, Mr Tenthani. What is the issue if they are not making noise? I think this is a case of justifying your org’s existence to your donors. Do we de register dormant NGOs?

Business Committee, please throw this out and let us not waste tax payers’ money.