MCP convention to proceed on July 7: Kaliwo invites Chakwera

The troubled opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has not contested against the calls by a grouping of party rebels led by Secretary General, Gustav Kaliwo to hold an emergency convention slated for next month and Kaliwo has said its all shystems go for the indaba.

Kaliwo: All systems go for MCP convention July 7

Following the failure by the party to legally challenge the calls, Kaliwo and his team are proceeding with their plans and have since released a list of delegates to the convention set for 7th to 9th July at a venue in eastern region to be announced later.

The listed and invited delegates include the party president and leader of opposition, Lazarus Chakwera as well as his deputy and Speaker of Parliament, Richard Msowoya.

Other faces also invited are former Secretary General, Chris Daza, Jolly Kalelo, the outspoken Jessie Kabwila, Felix Jumbe and Joseph Njobvuyalema.

It is not clear  if Chakwera and his executive committee will attend the convention, and the party’s deputy Secretary General, Eisenhower Mkaka could not answers his phone when contacted several times before publishing this article.

Kaliwo called for the convention following a call made by over half of the party’s district committees as required by the MCP Constitution.

Some people, however, disagreed with claiming he had no mandate to call for the Convention.

But Kaliwo challenged those who did not welcome the announcement for Convention to write his office detailing how leadership wrangles and  impasse between Chakwera and district chairmen, league of Malawi Women and others could be resolved other than by a convention.

“Following the announcement that I made on 29th April 2017, I am pleased to announce that to date my office has not received any notice of any legal or political challenge to the holding of the Malawi Congress Party Convention. The Convention will therefore proceed as earlier announced,” said Kaliwo in a statement seen by Nyasa Times.

Kaliwo, who has since been advertising  in daily newspapers about the convention, said that so far no party official has come forth to challenge the convention legally or politically.

“The convention will therefore proceed as earlier announced from Friday 7th July, 2017 to Sunday 9th July, 2017.”

The invited list comprises of candidates elected during the 2013 convention and delegates that attended it. The delegates include regional committees, district and constituency chairpersons, League of Malawi Youth and League of Malawi Women.

The convention is expected to cost the party about K80 million, and it has been reported that the forum is going to be used to oust under-fire Lazarus Chakwera.

Those rumored and planning to contest against Chakwera include Msowoya who lately has been using his social media to paint a good picture of his accomplishments in life and contribution to the country.

Kaliwo said was forced to call for the convention due to growing concerns by party chairpersons across the country over Chakwera’s conduct as party president.

He said the calls for the convention have a backing of the party’s constitution, adding it was necessary to hold the convention to resolve the internal squabbles that have plunged the party into chaotic state.

According to Article 40 of the MCP constitution, an emergency convention can only be called if the party’s national executive committee resolves by two thirds of its membership, or at the request of half of the number of the district committees.

And Kaliwo argues he has a backing of more than half of the party’s district committees to call for the convention and that his move has a blessing of some of the executive committee members.

The proposed main committee for the forthcoming Convention has Hon B.W.E. Mkweza (Lakeshore) as Chairperson; Vice Chairperson Hon. D. Nathumba (South); Secretary Hon. Stowell Gondwe (North); Vice Secretary Hon. L. Belekanyama (Centre); and members James Kaunda (North), Tony Kandiero (South), Hon. A. Jana (Eastern), Hon. A. Khombe (Centre), Hon. J. Sendeza (Center) and Hon. Nyazimba (North).

“Any proposed member to the committee unable or not willing to serve in the proposed capacity should communite her or his inability/objection to the Convention Secretariat,” he advises.

The statement has names of over 640 delegates including those that resigned from the party.

Kaliwo once accused Chakwera of snubbing his calls for a face to face meeting to resolve some of the issues have been making rounds in the media about the party’s leadership.

According to Article 38 (1) of the party’s constitution, the convention being the highest authority of the party may remove the president, deputy president, or a member of national executive committee from office before the lapse of the period of which he or she was elected if he or she willfully and persistently disobeys the constitution.

MCP has been hit by a political whirlwind and cracks of division are now visible in the country’s oldest party with Chakwera being accused of corruption and lack of leadership.

Chakwera has been in the media accused of funds abuse, corruption and dictatorship.

The rebelling group accuses Chakwera of practicing tyrannical leadership which they regard as a threat to the country’s democracy once if he is elected as Malawi President.

They also cited diversion of party funds into his personal accounts as another ground aside from accusations of soliciting money from renowned business tycoons in return for positions and favours once the party gets into government.

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48 thoughts on “MCP convention to proceed on July 7: Kaliwo invites Chakwera”

  1. jetta wa jet says:

    Kalowo tamangogulitsa mowa pa Bakery. Pay back the bloody money. Unya. No support from your own home. Shame on you.

  2. Robert Robert says:

    sheeee

  3. Achi says:

    Kaliwo has been a politician even though he has been in a political institution like MCP for some time now.

    Who is he fighting for? I dont think he has ever dreamt of being a party president.
    The best he and his disgruntled lot can do is to form own party and see if they are going to amass any votes let alone have MPs in the coming elections.
    If one can list the guys calling for the convention, none is ready even to contest in the forthcoming elections in their constituencies – the botttom line is that they kniw they cant win.
    What puzzles me is that why do they want to cling to positions which they lost recently through open and fair elections? Nanthumba lost to Simbi as regional chair for south. It was not Chakwera who voted you out of your dream positions, rather it was the pple’s voice. Failed guys, why force yourselves on the masses through evil means?

  4. Nkholokolo Convention says:

    Nkholokoloo Convention on 7th July Eastern region. Why Kaliwo inviting even the dead to his convention? And even those who left the party.kkkkk
    “I am G.Kaliwo inviting all to convention. Those who are dead should tell me whether you will be available or not” kkkkkkkkkkk. Can’t wait

  5. Achi says:

    Kaliwo never got a vote to go to Parliament in 2014 cos he could not even be voted by his very family. He was one executive member who never went out to campaign for the party during 2014 elections in the south

    Even if he was president, who in the south would vote for him?

    All delegates are failed chairpersons who lost their seats during election conducted by MCP. The fact that the contested during those elections and lost is a sign enough to know that they cant be delegates now, Nanthumba is one of them

  6. Kalanga says:

    MCP tend to have in fighting at the time when people need it most. Why,,most executive members feel that they can lead,,which can never be!
    Organise yourself,,otherwise I urge Gustav kaliwo to open his eyes.
    MCP is a public entity much as it is with UDF, DPP etc!

  7. gwamba says:

    A kaliwo mubwezatu ndalamazo.

  8. Maunits says:

    Is Kaliwo an MP? WHY did he fail to win the position of MP he has no support that is palying with GOD. Go ahead with your emergency convention we will see you agalu. Its when we will see nkholokolo.

  9. DPP says:

    Any one attending the convention to aust Chakwera will be disappointed. Chakwera Kuala chete Ambuye Ali nawe.

  10. Tsotsi says:

    Kaliwu a failure ndi anzakowo you can’t change the party

  11. victor says:

    Kaliwo wakhala nthawi yaitali mu Mcp ngati lawyer nthawi ya Kamuzu mpaka lero ndiye anthu awiriwa mudzitha kumva kuti kodi uyu akuti chiyani? Nanga uyu akuti chiyani muona kuti chakwera mfundo zache ndizosamanga chipani koma kuchotsa anthu nchipani.Munaonapo aTembo atachotsa a Luise chimango kapena a Njovuyalema,Chidzanja,jumbe onsewo olakwa.choti mudziwe mchakuti anthu amenewa sangachoke MCP koma chakwerayo ndiye akayambe chipani chake. Chifukwa iyeyo ndi mulendo ku chipani cha Malawi Congress.Munaona munthu akuti ndikadzayamba kulamulira ine mavuto anu onse adzatha. akufuna kutiuza kuti madzi ndi magetsi adzidzatilipirila.Palibe president angathe mavuto amunthu, tonse tigwire ntchito molimbika osaganiza za Chakwera kuti adzatha mavuto athu,ilo ndi Boza leni -leni.

  12. nyopex says:

    as far as I know Kaliwo,he is troublesome and that his target is to disorganise MCP party then he joins DPP ngati enanu simukukhulupilira mudzakhumudwa ndithu,kaliwo ndi munthu opanda khalidwe bliv me

  13. Malawi says:

    Kaliwo I pray u read my comment..unfortunately it appears u r deliberately turning a blind eye to the good future that we Malawians have in MCP.Trust me what you r insisting on still sales us Malawians to poverty that ur relatives are enjoying. LOVE Malawi please. DO NOT BE GREEDY. U WILL REMAIN POOR WHILE THOSE SENDING YOU TO DEVIDE THE PARTY HAVE ACHIEVED THEIR GOAL OF DEVIDING and Rule

  14. Takondwa says:

    That convetion will not be there as it lacks merit who said that internal conflicts are resolved by an emergency convention of leadership change if you want to form a breakway party follow late Chakuamba footsteps koma ndale sapangila pa mphika wa mangina

  15. Takondwa says:

    Mark my words that convention will not be there at whatever cost wait for the last legal blow at the eleventh hour

  16. Kwali says:

    It’s only my prayer that PAC won’t organise an all inclussive 5+2 conference at the same venue same time. Beware of Chingota nad Mulomole.

  17. chitutu says:

    Wadya za DPP uyu asatinamize

  18. Hatton says:

    Kaliwo, don’t be intimidated. You are great and genuine MCP. When you were defending JZU together with Munlo, where was Chakwera? Abusawo sakamupempheleranso JZU. I know you cannot be intimidated. Central region yonse ili nawe. More fire.

  19. Juliana Kanthiti Lunguzi says:

    Inu simudziwa kuti Chakwera was put there by JB? Didn’t you know that JB was the one who was campaigning for him knowing that he was a weaker candidate? She knew his weakness is on money. Show Chakwera money then you have defeated him. Apite ku conventioko tione ngati angakasankhidwe. Those who have nothing to say are castigating Kaliwo. You think Kaliwo is an idiot? Between Kaliwo and Chakwera, who is illiterate?

    1. Mzakwacha NN says:

      I Agree %,convetion Must Take Place.Mind You Mcp Ladies And Gentlemen,2019 Is Just Close.If Mcp Is To Win,settle The Disputes.Note-Udf Is In The Armpits Of Rotten Dpp.They Are,Will Be One Party.Mcp,get Organised Settle Disagreements And Dream Plans To Dislodge Muthalika.Chakwela,all People That Accuse You Cant Be Stupid.Munasuzgo A Mdala Imwe.Chindele,Change Ur Mind Set Kumamva Nthawi Zina.No Human Being Is Perfect.Uzakalute Ku Convetion,mungakawina Kweni?Kkk I Doubt.U Dont Have Leadership Chakwela,u Are Not Wise.You Have A Goat Brain,wapulika?Tungwa Iwe!!Mzakwacha Nixon.Pretoria.+27724922299.

  20. GVH says:

    Kaliwo a failure in both politics and law. Mbuzi yamano kunsi

  21. kamdonyo says:

    Kaliwo is not a failure! Those who are saying so have polionof the brain. That’s the old politics of MCP which should not be entertained in the modern Malawi. Give room to opposing opinion! Imberance change idiots!a

  22. zex says:

    TSANKHO SILIZATHA PA MALAWI ENA ANENA KALE ATI KALIWO ALIBE MPHAMVU ZOYITANITSIRA CONVETION CHIFUKWA AMACHOKERA KUMWERA HMMMM,DZANA LIJA JEFFREYS ATANENA ZOTI KUMPOTO SIKUZACHOKA PRESIDENT ANTHU ADAYANKHULA ZAMBIRI,LERO KALIWO AKUYITANITSA MSONKHANO WAWUKULU ENA AKUTI WATUMIDWA NDI DPP POPEZA AMACHOKERA KU SOUTH,TANDIWUZENI MCP INGAWINE OPANDA ANTHU AZIGAWO ZINA?

  23. Malawian says:

    Kaliwo…useless failure..you can’t stop Chakwera. Chakwera is president 2019…

  24. Mhesha says:

    The reasons for a convention are sufficient. We cannot afford to leave the party as disorganized as it is…until when? Let the President swallow his pride and accept that things are not moving in the party. There is too much discontent to be ignored. Let us resolve this mess by starting afresh thru convention.

  25. Luton says:

    Useless Kaliwo

  26. Moya says:

    Every one in their good Mind knows that this so called Gustave Kaliwo is now very mad. It could be the ARVs this guy has been taking are now getting the better of his brain. Ladies and gentlemen, this is a man who even failed to convice people in his constituency to vote for him in 2014. Instead of thanking Chakwera for giving the position of SG, the guy is now behaving like an imbecile. It is very clear that this man need urgent medical help and instead of sending him to India for treatment, DPP are giving him money to disturbalise MCP.

  27. DOBO says:

    Waste of time.That is the first step to the end of Kaliwo.Kaliwo is not the first to fight MCP leadership. Such people have been there since 1964. All have failed and end up forming their own parties or joining other parties or ending nowhere to be seen.There were the likes Kanyama Chiume during Kamuzu’s leadership.There were the likes Ntaba during Gwanda’s leadership.There were the likes Chafukiras,Kayembes during Tembo’s leadership..So who is this one.This is waste of time and money.The people of Malawi matters less about their party leadership especially in MCP

  28. Mahera says:

    A failed and frustrated puppet of failed leaders trying to wrestle against God chosen one to save malawi come 2019.
    APM has miserably failed to govern Malawi. Better JB and Muluzi.

  29. chemuyaya says:

    I started loving MCP after chakwera won for presidency. I dont think you can get my vote if he is out. Mr. Kaliwo let me advise you that not only myself will stop loving the party if he quits or removed but the majority and that you will remain poorer when those who are behind you achieve their agenda. They are fighting him because he is the threat to them. They dont have time to fight chisi and friends fo4 the good reasons you know.

    1. bademup says:

      Days of worshiping a man are over my friend. No one is bigger than the party. I don’t see what your fear is, David Cameron and Teresa may called for votes expecting to win and lost miserably. Let Kaliwo call for votes, if people love Chakwera he will easily win and I think he will. Stop being a political savage

    2. victor says:

      Mcp can do without your vote

  30. Mahera says:

    DPP agents. But you have failed.

  31. chikoti says:

    Pangani convention now otherwise nthawi yanu ikutha yoti mugwirizane….mukachedwa here zanu izo..all the best..ine kwanga nkufunira dzikoli zabwino basi..zokokanakokan zithe..malawi ndi watonse uyu.palibe wanzeru payekha koma mogwilizana zimatheka..MCP igwilizane for,the good of the country

  32. Xerxes Jupita says:

    One wishes that news posted under any topic first is corroborated with the concerned people to confirm its truthfilnes and integrity considering the perceptions created about the character of individuals, family, society and the nation.

  33. Psyuka says:

    KKKKKKK !!! Reverend Chakwera anyera Mpwelele chaka chini.

  34. watipa says:

    koma satana ndiwonyengadi,anthu akuyikonda MCP chifukwa cha chakwera

  35. chodziwadziwa says:

    Kaliwo is a failure. Pure mediocrity. If you failed to win an MP seat at your own constituency what more that of president. You are not MCP that much we know…you were used by Bingu to arrest Muluzi and now Peter is using you too…that much we know

  36. Work of devils, Kaliwo is a devils DPP agent

  37. kj says:

    All this time I thought Kaliwo is a wise person but now hav realised is among the idiots who hav destroyed my beatiful country.

  38. Rift Valley says:

    I wonder who is funding the convention. This is important because the whole issue could be bordering on corruption. MCP members have a right to know what is in it for the benefactor.

    Definitely the funding has not been authorized by the Party’s NEC

  39. chapita says:

    Time alone will judge kaliwo and friends. Let’s wait for 7th July and c what happens.

  40. Zude says:

    Agalu inu,power hungry idiots.tazingomwani a Kaliwo.

  41. santana says:

    Tiyeni nazoni.

  42. Died Hard Congress says:

    All the best MCP. The convention timing is the right one.

    Hoping that the convention will bring members to unity, obedience and discipline so that we take DPP by the horns this 2019. My hope is that Chakwera’s camp come in numbers to the convention as this is the only and last opportunity for Chakwera to assert his leadership and authority over all party members. Don’t be afraid, the convention will retain you to the presidency.

  43. Patrick Phiri says:

    If Chakwera is failing to address concerns of members of his party, can he address concerns of non-party members? Remove him fast please.

  44. Otsutsa says:

    Gustave Kaliwo: failed to win in 2014. apa ndiye MCP yatheratu.

    1. Takondwa says:

      Ndale sapangila pa mphika wa mangina this convetion lacks merit

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