MCP youths petition NEC to suspend Secretary General Kaliwo

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) youths movement on Friday petitioned the party’s policy making body—the national executive committee (NEC) to suspend Party Secretary General, Gustavo Kaliwo, accusing him of sowing divisions and bringing the country’s oldest  party into disrepute for his incompetence in failing to show policy direction in the party.

MCP youth movement march to  present petition against Kaliwo  .-photo by Alfred Chauwa, Nyasa Times

MCP youth movement presenting petition to Mkaka .-photo by Alfred Chauwa, Nyasa Times

The petition comes when MCP president Lazarus Chakwera has called for a NEC meeting to take place at MCP national headquarters in Lilongwe from 1pm on Sunday amid dissent from his top five lieutenants, including Kaliwo.

Delivering the petition, at the party headquarters, the movement Chairperson, Ndaila Onani , said they have given Kaliwo seven days to resign on his own.

The youth members matched around the party headquarters before delivering the petition to party second deputy secretary general Elsenhower Mkaka.

“With recent developments since December 2017 we are greatly surprised that the Secretary General together with the First Vice President [Richard Msowoya] have been challenging the President on the NEC members issues. In our view of these developments it turns out to be a very serious and gross breach of party core values of four corner stones,” said  Onani.

Receiving the petition, Mkaka promised to deliver the petition to the President who will be chairing NEC meeting on Sunday.

Mkaka said he is sure the petition will be deliberated on during the meeting.

MCP legislators already recommended that Kaliwo must be booted from his position.

The MCP legislators accused Kaliwo, among other things, that he absented himself from major party functions for two years including the whole period of the six by-elections held in October without giving any reason.

They also alleged that Kaliwo has chosen a path to destroy the party.

But Kaliwo, a lawyer by profession, said he remains MCP secretary general and no one can force him out until the party convention.

“I find this whole issue disingenuous,” said Kaliwo, the former Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) .

Kaliwo  together with Msowoya, second deputy president Macdonald Lombola ( who has since denied signing )’  deputy secretary general James Kaunda and treasurer general Tony Kandiero—penned Chakwera to tell him that he was flouting the MCP constitution and going against his own words.

A political commentator at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College Earnest Thindwa faulted the five for putting their grievances in writing and, according to him, leaking them to the media.

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Msowoya is an MP just as Jessie Kabwira. These people have a constituency and a following. These followers might vote for MCP’s Chakwera just because they loved these two MP’s, especially in Karonga. In politics we always look for incoming members not outgoing ones. If Msowoya thinks of quitting MCP today it means it is a minus for MCP which is dangerous in politics. While MCP is getting rid of votes its arch-rival, the DPP is welcoming them to add to its numbers. There is no way a sane leader of a party can think of doing such a stupid… Read more »

I can’t believe we are seeing Malawi Congress Party youths in MYP head-barrets (bareta) again. Honestly, the memories of seeing this will make me not sleep today. How on earth are they boldly dressing like in those olden days.


Wakuwuza ndani kuti a MYP amavala ma bareta ofiyira?

Cheyo muysta

I remember the four corner stones. They were used to oppress Malawians. Once accused people never had a chance to defend themselves since they clearly judge you even before being heard. I hope Kaliwo will be able to stand these 4 corner stones.


Ndiye amenewa awine chisankho ……Malawi azakhala pamoto.God please serve our country from this notorious party

MCP diehard

A Chakwera mwaonatu.Mwadzetsa mavuto mu chipani chanu chifukwa chokonda Ndalama. Mwapinyolitsa chipani kwa half-caste Mia chifukwa chokonda Ndalama.Ma kaladi ndimacroock achabe chabe.

Chikadza Kuwani

Well done Kaliwo wosokoneza kwabasi ndiponso siwandale ameneyo achoke


Good move let him go, we he is DPP plant to destroy our party. We cant just sit guys our party being destroyed by a few self individual. Msowoya, Kandriero, Jessy if you feel the party is not inline with your values just leave and join DPP.


Mia using divide and rule strategy in MCP in order to gain power !

Bunch of Confused Clergy
Bunch of Confused Clergy

A Kaliwo, you can not be bigger than the rest. You are bringing confusion to the party. After all I dont see you as somebody who adds value to MCP. You were just chosen so that MCP executive should not be looked upon as being represented by the centre only. Your writing is on the wall that come convention day, you are out, so just resign before you are ashamed by the number of votes you will get. Join amene akukuktumaniwo.

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