MCP provides leader of opposition, appoints Lowe: Kawale becomes Chief Whip

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has elected Lilongwe Central member of Parliament (MP) Lobin Lowe as an interim leader of opposition.

Local Government Minister Dr. Ben Phiri interacts with interim leader of opposition Lobin Lowe 

Parliamentary Standing Orders indicate that the opposition party with the highest number of MPs that the one in power contributes a leader of opposition. MCP won 55 seats in the 193-seat Parliament while Democratic Progressive Party (DPP0 managed 62.

MCP was supposed to name leader of opposition at the start of the first meeting of the 48th Session of Parliament but refused as they said they do not recognise President Peter Mutharika as legitimate winner of the presidential election.

The party, whose leader Lazarus Chakwera, is challenging presidential elections results in court, has not been in the House since it opened and could not take the position as that would be seen as accepting the President amid a court challenge

Lowe’s appointment as interim leader of opposition was announced by First Deputy Speaker Madalitso Kazombo.

“I would like to announce that the leadership of MCP has provided leaders of the House as follows: Interim leader of opposition Lobin Lowe, interim party chief whip Sam Kawale (Dowa North East) and deputy chief whip is Khumbize Chiponda [Kasungu South East].”

Lowe is described by legislators as a level-headed and sober minded leader who has the respect of the whole House; government and opposition.

He also served as interim leader of opposition from February to May this year after Chakwera resigned from his position in order to pave way for his submission of presidential nomination papers to contest as the party’s torchbearer in the May 21 elections.

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Maunitsi
Maunitsi
1 year ago

Reverend Chakwera dpp yikumuopatu ndipo sikumwamadzi. Ameneyo ndi Chakwera akusambwazani kukhoti munyamuona tione pa rerun ngati muzabereso Ansa ndiuuyo akupitayo

Maunitsi
Maunitsi
1 year ago

Tippex can not compare Chakwera. Zikukuvutani kulongosola mafigures ku MEC munasemphanitsatu kkkkkkk ma figure kunyamuona akhoti akuzifuna by 22 July.

Bonney Phiri
Bonney Phiri
1 year ago

Ok

Psyuta
Psyuta
1 year ago

My advice is that if MCP wants to make it they must remove Rev. Chakwera.

namatetule
1 year ago

KUTHA KWA cHAKWERA NDI KUMENEKU. WATCH THIS SPACE

Mzozodo
Mzozodo
1 year ago
Reply to  namatetule

That’s what you want to see, unfortunately.

TIPPEX
TIPPEX
1 year ago

bravo

CHIPYELERO
CHIPYELERO
1 year ago

Lets be fair in our comments – is Gotani Hara from central region? DPP is the most regionalist party the president is from the south, leader of the house from the south and they wanted the speaker from the south as well. Shame

Patrick Phiri
Patrick Phiri
1 year ago
Reply to  CHIPYELERO

Kumamvetsetsa zinthu inu. Speaker was elected by the whole house, not just MCP. But the position of leader of opposition and Chief Whip were purely for MCP to decide. Can you see the difference?

mai madando
mai madando
1 year ago
Reply to  Patrick Phiri

i cant see andipaka tippex masomu

Mzozodo
Mzozodo
1 year ago
Reply to  Patrick Phiri

The party proposed and supported Gotani, mulibe nzeru inu

Mpoloni
Mpoloni
1 year ago

MCP is the most nepotistic party I have ever seen in the country, yet they are busy pointing a fingure at others.

Mulopwana
Mulopwana
1 year ago

This a central region party. Look at the choices made. Muli ndi ma MP from the South why not give one a position or anyone one MP from North

Patrick Phiri
Patrick Phiri
1 year ago

Is MCP a national party? Hoe come all parliamentary leadership for the party have gone to Central Region?

Mzozodo
Mzozodo
1 year ago
Reply to  Patrick Phiri

tachokani alomwe inu, mwakhuta njoka ndi agulo anu uko musatisokose

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