MCP suspends secretary general Daza

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) secretary general Chris Daza has been suspended just after amonth when the High Court ordered the party to reinstate him after he was expelled last year, Nyasa Times understands.

Daza presented a petition to the party dated August 1 2011, with signatures of office bearers calling for the convention to elect a new leader.

He also wants the convention to inform the membership on finances and clearly saying veteran leader John Tembo is ineligible to run as per party constitution.

Daza (L) challenging Tembo for MCP presidency

MCP administrative secretary Portipher Chidaya accused Daza of presenting a fraudlent petition as  “the list contains dubious district committees, signatures or wrong people who are not chairpersons recognised by the party.”

Inside sources told Nyasa Times that MCP disciplinary committe agreed to suspend  Daza after he failed to appear before it to answer on the accusations of “fraud”.

Chidaya, when contacted for comment, said the party will hold a news conference “to explain the matter.”

He declined to divulge further information.

Presidential bid

Daza wants to become MCP president and slide veteran politician John Tembo out of the hot seat.

In his December 12 2011 memorandum to Tembo, Daza says Article 40 of the MCP constitution provides that 51 percent of the legitimate leadership at district level can constitutionally call for an emergency convention.

Tembo, 78, is barred by the party constitution to contest for the presidency under the MCP ticket for the consecutive third time.

The veteran politician is however on record saying the issues whether the constitution is to be amended to allow his candidature in 2014 will be decided at the convention.

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