MCP defiant, refuses to appoint permanent Leader of Opposition

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is defiant, saying it can only appoint a permanent Leader of Opposition in parliament after a Constitutional Court ruling on the presidential election result challenge.

MCP appointed Lobin Lowe (Centre) as interim leader of opposition following Lazarus Chakwera’s boycott of Parliament over disputed May 21 presidential election results, which he is contesting in court.

Acting Leader of Opposition Lobin Lowe said he will continue holding the post until the court makes a verdict on the matter.

“We will have to wait until we know who won the elections and that can be done after the court makes its ruling,” he said.

MCP president Lazarus Chakwera, who is supposed to be the Leader of Opposition, is boycotting parliament, claiming President Peter Mutharika robbed him of his presidency during the May 21 polls.

However, Leader of the House Kondwani Nankhumwa said the position of acting Leader of Opposition is illegal, arguing that the position is not recognised by Parliament Standing Orders, rules that govern how the National Assembly operates.

He asked the MCP to appoint a perment person to that position.

However, legal expert Justin Dzonzi who is also executive director of Justice Link, said the issue is tricky and it is up to Parliament to regularise the arrangement.

The House rose sine die on Friday.

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Honourable Lowe, kodi mukulankhula zinthu zingati? Are you going to court to know who won elections??? As far as I know you have gone there to seek a re-run. Are you changing tune? Koma MCP anthu ake mhhhh

KALIGO
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Wait for the court plz; once it makes its ruling you can start your talkings. Leave Chakwera plz, he is not alone. we voted for him, we love him, he will rule Malawi very soon.

Ntambo: Ndilibe nanu mawu
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EMUSIPI operates based on Dambwe logic. Chakwera and his followers are all dambwe Boyz. No wonder he rebelled against the Nkhoma Synod.

Charie
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Charie

Chakwera ndi openga sadziwa kuti madzi akatayika sawoleka akuwona ngati Apm angavomeleze kuluza nde si mulomwe

Patrick Phiri
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Patrick Phiri

It just shows that MCP doesn’t care about rule of law.

Justice Anastasia
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Justice Anastasia

There is no evidences to prove that Peter won elections ,No presidential tally sheets nor tabulated results.There is just a claim without exhibits by Jane Asah.

joseph Banda
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joseph Banda

So where is the celebration on this. This shows how narrow minded the party is. If the govt wanted should have followed Mkaka to throw the leader out in the cold. Simply there is no room for acting leader of opposition in the house. But when you are evil, u bet assured that the evil will soon catch up with you. THIS I BET YOU

tung'ande
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tung'ande

It appears to me MCP does not understand its own petetion that is before the court. The problem with MCP they just followed Chilima blindly. The matter before the court is not to declare anybody to have won but to establish irregularities and the prayer if proved is to nullify. Wake up Lowe do not be afraid with Chakwera he has absconded parliament

Machendekhwepe
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Machendekhwepe

Now that the issue concerns m.c.p. Dzonzi is saying it’s up to parliament to regularise the process had it been it was government(dpp) you could have lots of paragraphs criticising it. Compromised analyst Mxiew

Destroyer of liars
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Does Kondwani Nankhumwa read and understand parliamentary standing orders? There is a provision in the SOs that talks about parliament having powers to decide how to conduct its business. This is the provision MCP is applying. What remains is for the house to normalise positions of interim leadership.