MCP convention set for January 2018 — Chakwera

Malawi’s oldest party Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is going to hold a national convention  to elect new leaders probably by January 2018, its party president Dr Lazarous Chakwera told Nyasa Times in an exclusive interview.

Chakwera: MCP  convention will be open contest to its members for all positions

Chakwera said during the convention, the party is expected to elect a president who will also be the torchbearer in 2019 elections and that all positions in the  the party’s national executive committee (NEC) will be open for contests.

“The convention will be held next year . We will have an early convention so that we have ample time to prepare for 2019 elections,” Chakwera told Nyasa Times.

“The issue of convention is going to be resolved,  its not a question,  the convention is mandatory. I became president of MCP because I won a contest at the convention. So there is no way you could say you will not have a convention.

“When we do have a convention and is an elected convention we will have all seats declared vacant so that anyone can compete for any position. That has been a hall mark of the MCP,” Chakwera told Nyasa Times.

In April, amid increased internal squabbles, party secretary general Gustav Kaliwo and his deputy Chatonda Kaunda, announced the party would hold a national convention from July 7 to 9 this year, following growing concerns from some of the party’s regional and district leaders with the leadership.

Kaliwo, a private practice lawyer, then quoted Article 40 of the MCP constitution, which states that district committees or the national executive committee are mandated to call for a convention.

But Chakwera obtained an injunction in June, arguing that Kaliwo was supposed to put across to the party’s politburo the request for an emergency convention.

When asked if the decision to hold the convention next year  would end persisting infighting throughout the ranks of the MCP,  Chakwera flashed a smile,  and said the convention next year would allow the party to sort through its issues ahead of 2019 polls.

He said MCP is a democratic party and it does not just respect the country’s laws but even  its own constitution.

“All positions will be open for contests and we start to go forward to the real goal which is becoming the next government,” he said.

Chakwera called the decision to hold a convention next year   the “right choice”  to prepare well for the 2019 Tripartite Elections.

He said MCP is undergoing transition, which must be celebrated at all levels by every bonafide members, instead of fighting the leadership.

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Kanthiti Nzandu
Kanthiti Nzandu
5 years ago

Lyolyoloooooo boma ilo koma Dr Chabwera is a true leader

Jamax
Jamax
5 years ago

Yes mudzapikisane ndi a Kaliwo pa mpando wa u President eti???? kkkk wishing you all the best.

Mahera
Mahera
5 years ago

Malawi is a blessed nation with leaders like Chakwera. Malawi is waiting for your ascendancy to the high office come 2019.

Yachimwa
5 years ago

Amen the president

Kaitano
Kaitano
5 years ago

That’s the president.

Citizen
Citizen
5 years ago

Great move. This is yet again a clear demonstration that there’s genuine democracy in MCP, the mother of all political parties in Malawi. Kudos Dr. Lazarus Chakwera.!!

Maunits
Maunits
5 years ago

Our own Great Leader

santana
santana
5 years ago

January 2018 will be the beginning of the destruction of the once mighty MCP. Mark my words.

Becks
Becks
5 years ago
Reply to  santana

What good comes from satana

Diphiphi
5 years ago
Reply to  santana

this nigga has always something negative to say, akukudyetsa bwino ndalama zathuzo2

FREEMAN
FREEMAN
5 years ago
Reply to  santana

prophet of doom bow down

Anonymous
Anonymous
5 years ago

BOMA

Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
Hlabezulu Ngonoonda
5 years ago

Good news. The die is cast.

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