MCP emergency NEC indaba fails to elect secretary general

An emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting for the main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has failed to elect a new secretary general to replace Chris Daza who defected to the ruling People’s Party (PP).

The party called for the NEC “crisis” meeting last Friday in Lilongwe but its spokesperson Jessie Kabwila said they failed to elect the new chief executive due to time factor.

She, however, indicated that the party would meet again soon to fill the post as the process already started during the meet.

“A process to choose the new secretary general was instituted but due to time we didn’t conclude. We had a lot of very important things to discuss such as the Tambala night (fundraising event) which we had and we could not wait to deal with them because we wanted to elect a new secretary general.

Kabwila: The deputy is acting as the secretary general

“At the moment our deputy secretary general [James Chatonda Kaunda] whom we have a lot of faith in is handling everything and business is going on as usual. As a matter of fact, we will follow our constitution to make sure that the position is filled accordingly. We shall meet very soon but as a party we are supposed to deal with urgent issues first,” she said.

The outspoken MCP publicist reiterated that her party was not fazed with Daza’s defection because to them it was a non-entity.

“The departure of Daza is a non-entity according to MCP. As a party we don’t really feel anything that would make us leave looking at urgent party business and start looking at how do we fill the position of Daza,” she stated.

Daza resigned from MCP some two weeks ago and joined PP where 24 hours later President Joyce Banda who is also PP leader appointed him minister of good governance in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) which was previously held by late Eunice Kazembe.

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