The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has disclosed that the party’s convention will now be held this month of June in readiness for the tripartite polls next year.
MCP last month 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 convention director Joseph Njobvuyalema said it’s now “all systems go for the convention this month of June”.
He said party’s convention will be held the Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe and that all party delegates will be accommodated at Natural Resources College.
“We postponed the convention because of accommodation problems. We have now raised enough money and we will not have no challenges with accommodation,” said Njobvuyalema.
The convention will among others, elect the party’s presidential candidate for next year’s elections.
Meanwhile, according to published reports, 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.
He said the party constitution provides that National Executive Committee can create offices in the party and not the convention.
“If Honourable Tembo says he is retiring, it is NEC which would sit down and create a position for him,” said Chidaya as quoted by Weekend Nation.