MCP readies for convention as Supreme Court of Malawi vacates injuction

Malawi Congress Party (MCP)  is set to hold its elective convention this month  after the party has vacated an injunction through the Supreme Court which was obtained by embattled secretary general Gustave Kaliwo and four others   stopping the party from holding a convention .

Lazarus Chakwera: MCP president set for convention

MCP emergency national executive committee (NEC) had this week resolved to reinstate Kaliwo on his position following the court order and  first deputy president Richard Msowoya, first deputy secretary general James Chatonda and director of international relations Tony Kandiero who were suspended from their respective positions. The meeting also reinstated the expelled publicity secretary Jessie Kabwila.

But the party went to Supreme Court to vacate the injunction stopping the convention which has been duly removed.

While MCP administrative secretary  Wickford Sulamoyo could not reveal the exact date of the party’s  watershed elective convention “for strategic and security reasons”, Nyasa Times understands that delegates from other districts were preparing to leave for the convention.

“We want a successful convention which will be a big step towards the Malawi people want. We are in the final leg. Let us pull together. Our competitors want to believe that we are a joke. They are in for a shock,” he said.

On Tuesday, the High Court in Blantyre granted an injunction to Kaliwo and four others restraining the party from holding a convention unless the two sides resolved matters that arose due to their suspension.

Governance expert Mankhumbo Munthali has welcomed the decision by MCP to reinstate all those who were fired from the party.

“Its sad that MCP leadership allowed itself to adopting undemocratic practices in resolving its internal squabbles which later backfired as Kaliwo and others resolved to court’s  protection. Certainly, it is advisable to opt for political settlements in resolving internal party problems rather than relying on the courts to adjudicate political matters,” Munthali said.

However, while welcoming the MCP decision to reinstate the fired people, Munthali said it has to be made out of trust, mutual respect and honesty not out of malice.

“It is also incumbent upon those who were fired to accept this olive branch.  Let the playing ground be levelled by all who wants to contest at MCP convention, and even those who want to challenge Chakwera on the Presidency should be allowed to do so without facing political persecution.

“Just like the DPP, it is important for MCP leadership to embrace the Episcopal Conference of Malawi’s pastoral letter call for the need for all political parties to practice intra-party democracy,” he added.


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oChakwera = loser politician basi. Indecisive, except only when he’s cornered like in this instance. Political leaders attract support based on their credibility, leadership qualities like decisiveness, foresight and the accompanying forward planning with a clear strategy. oChakwera has none of these. A pretty face is always good, but it doesn’t cut it because it cannot replace substance between the ears, and substance spoken. And fake American accent just stinks; making it like you are a pretender by denying your own natural accent. Genuine individuals who act like themselves naturally, not pretenders, are usually the ones who win elections, because… Read more »
Country man

we would appreciate courtesy in your writing next time. not such language.

chimanga chaponda

A Kaliwo kumvetsa chisoni


Nkholokolo mukumva bwaaaaaaaaaa ndi dpp yanuyo. Ana mwaachepaaaaa!


MCP is bigger than Kaliwo and four others

Listen and Love

Good news. MCP is the sure hope for Malawians to lead the nation into a NEW ERA DEVELOPMENT AND GLORY

convention yatheka

nde nanga poti supreme court nde kumapeto. a kaliwo alowera kuti?

Bessam Kapuma

Nothing for us without us

While this is a positive move for MCP, Chakwera & others should desist from making decisions that maybe perceived undemocratic. Stop calling those with dissent views ‘nkholokolo’. MCP should remember that in politics there are no permanent enemies. Kabwila despite her deficiencies remains a political asset. MCP should learn to embrace differences and work together for the common good. Especially Chakwera needs to realise that in politics unlike in church usually there’s more dissent than conformity. He needs to be more accommodative even to people he doesn’t like personally. That’s democracy. Otherwise he can as well forget politics and go… Read more »
chimanga chaponda

Nkholokolo is a term that Kaliwo himself coined. Its not MCP

Watematema Mutu

Good MCP leadership. Ten pa ten. Lets move fast to prepare for gule kwawo of these thieves, agulukunyinda as winiko calls them!!!!!


Let Kaliwo and his followers join the dead DIPHIPHI, MCP will move on without them.MCP 2019 Bomaaaaaaa

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