MCP to remain in opposition—MPs

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) will remain in opposition and only support the government of President Joyce Banda when it brings good policies in tandem with the wishes of Malawians, the party’s parliamentarians have resolved.

According to The Nation of Tuesday, MCP MPs held a caucus on Monday evening at the residence of the party’s President John Tembo in Area 10 in Lilongwe where they said any meetings and dealings between their leader and President Banda are more at personal level than party level.

MCP Deputy Chief Whip in Parliament, Lingson  Belekanyama confirmed to the newspaper the caucus took place, saying the resolutions were nothing strange as the party is already in opposition and will maintain its status to strengthen the country’s democracy.

Belekanyama: MCP to remain in opposition benches

Three senior party officials who attended the meeting described it as “militant” as it disowned Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Rachel Mazombwe Zulu and any bilateral meetings between Tembo and President Banda.

The newspaper reported that the caucus said Banda’s People’s party (PP) lacked courtesy by poaching from MCP, when the party had written to the new ruling bloc offering its cooperation, which was ignored.

“We refused the idea of working with People’s Party as those doing that from our party are advancing personal agendas.

“We also admonished those that chased Honourable Henry Phoya and that we will remain in opposition and not follow any individual,” one MP is quoted as having told the paper

According to the daily, the caucus ran from 4pm to 8pm and it was attended by almost all of the party’s 29 parliamentarians.

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