Malawi Congress Party (MCP) supporters in England have organised a fundraising barbaeque on Saturday May 10 in Nothampton to help support the party’s last days campaign to the May 20 tripartite elections.
According to the organisers of the event, Kondi Bowoyoke Munthali and Henry Dokowe Ngwira, it will be held at Kass Grill Bar, 272 Welingborough road, in Northampton NN1 4EJ.
“Our aim is to raise money and contribute to MCP president Lazarous Chakwera and his running mate Richard Msowoya’s crucial days of campaign,” saoid Munthali, former of ruling People’s Party (PP) UK wing.
The organisers said they have receicved an overwhelming support from babebecue-goers to attend the fundraiser and help MCP in the last days of campaign.
MCP adopted US’s Barack Obama’s people-funded campaign technique by calling on followers to contribute to the campaign.
Chancellor College political scientist Blessing Chinsinga is on record saying MCP’s strategy of encouraging members to contribute towards its campaign was a way of making people own the party unlike the current system where few rich individuals finances the party.
And Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) executive director Kizito Tenthani argued that the move taken by MCP would encourage transparency and accountability within the party, which is good for the grouping’s intra-democracy.
“It is a good development when it comes to political funding. People will own the campaign and demand transparency and accountability. Survival of political parties is in the people’s contribution,” he said.
Tenthani said the strategy would empower the contributors to demand accountability for the money from leaders.