MCP faces mass defections of its members to PP

Many members of opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) are linked with possible move to join the ruling People’s Party (PP) following the defection of former secretary-general Chris Daza.

Daza is reported to have enticed about 15 prominent members of the MCP including members of parliament plus hundreds of ordinary members to follow him to PP.

Impeccable sources have indicated that those considering ditching MCP for MCP includes former party spokesman Jolly Kalelo, Beston Majoni, lawmaker Vitus Dzoole Mwale and Parliamentary Chief Whip Joseph Njobvuyalema.

The MCP members are citing wrangles that have rocked the top leadership as their reason for leaving MCP.

Clearing the way for more members: Daza with President Banda

One member told Nyasa Times that MCP president Lazarous Chakwera is running the party with hordes of his aides from his previous position of president of Assemblies of God Church who are sidelining conviction politicians within the rank and file of the party.

Other members seeking to withdraw their MCP membership over “un coordinated party affairs” include Jodder Kanjere.

Daza has since claimed under Chakwera the MCP “has lost direction”.

He said the support which Chakwera was enjoying since he ascended to the party leadership “has been lost.”

Daza has since encouraged other MCP supporters to defect to PP, saying the MCP was destined for extinction as it may not resurface in 2014 after the elections.

He alleged that Chakwera has failed to lead the MCP.

But MCP spokesperson Jessie Kabwila said the party wished Daza “well” in his political journey, saying he was exercising a right to belong to a political party of his choice “which we in MCP respect.”

She however argued that MCP was still enjoying massive support from all well-meaning Malawians who want to experience development up to their doorsteps.

“The departure of the SG does not faze us in anyway. MCP is owned by people most of whom are in rural areas and they have not gone anywhere.

“We are here on the trust people have in us and if we betray that trust, it is a problem,” Kabwila said.

Kabwila said MCP remains strong.

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