MCP insists Kamuzu already apologised for its atrocities

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) spokeswoman Jessie Kabwira has said the party needs not to make fresh apology for atrocities it committed during its 30-year dictatorial rule, saying dictator Kamuzu Banda who was ousted by Bakili Muluzi in 1994 election already apologised.

MCP regime was blamed for killings, detention without trial and hounding into exile thousands of opponents.

During a rally President Joyce Banda conducted in Mchinji over the week, officials of the ruling People’s Party (PP) took turns labeling MCP as a party which fed people to crocodiles.

But addressing a news conference in the capital Lilongwe on Friday, Kabwila said it is “very unfortunate” for PP to accuse MCP, saying the governing party has some members who were influential in the dictatorship.

Kabwila: No need for fresh apology
Kabwila: No need for fresh apology

“MCP through Kamuzu Banda [already] apologized for the bad past,” Kabwila pointed out.

Kabwila said many people who are serving in the current government had also served dictator Kamuzu whose face is still embossed in the MCP cloth.

“Sometimes, we should avoid throwing stones at others when we are living  in a glass house, a lot of people have died due to cashgate  (Malawi’s corruption scandal dating from 2005 when DPP was in power) and others have been buried in mass graves all because of PP,” she said.

One of the political commentators on Malawi, Tom Likambale, in a column he wrote for Nyasa Times, said MCP needs an honest and serious introspection.

“Before telling voters what it will do for the country, it needs to understand what it must do for itself to regain acceptance,” he argued.

The political commentator said MCP president Rev. Lazrous  Chakwera was a pastor in the Assemblies of God church and to be convincing in his new role, he has to “embody the MCP’s past like a Catholic at confession.”

He argued that MCP must show that it is ready, willing and able to leave its past behind it and turn the page not just by saying so, and not just by changing leaders, but by a true project of genuine introspection and sincere reform that is public, verifiable and irreversible.

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