Nation newspaper says Malawi may risk reverting to a one–party: ‘MCP squabbles put democracy at stake’

Main opposition and the country’s oldest party Malawi Congress Party (MCP) continued infighting is worrisome as it puts the country’s hard won democracy at state and the party has been advised to stop the political bickering.

Chakwera flanked by MCP members: Put your party in order

MCP Regional Chairmen on Thursday challenged   their secretary general Gustav Kaliwo and his deputy Chatonda Kaunda that the party would be holding a national convention from July 7 to 9 this year following growing concerns with the leadership, saying they should wait for 2018 for the party National Executive Committee (NEC) to call for the convention.

Malawians expected MCP to go into a serious rebuilding exercise ahead of the 2019 Tripartie Elections, but unfortunately as The Nation newspaper editorial comment of Friday puts it,  this is not what is happening in the party.

The paper obrseved that the bickering is “weakening the party” which is yet to make remarkable inroads into the South where the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and its political bedfellow United Democratic Front (UDF) have  total control.

The comment also noted that why MCP are in fiery internal squabbles, DPP and UDF seem to have gone into a serious programme to consolidate their grip to power.

“These squabbles will not only hurt MCP, but Malawi as a whole as they will rob the country of meangiful opposition  in and outside parliament,” the editorial reads in part.

It pointed out that Malawi may risk reverting to a one –party system of government, especially with the People’s Party which also seems to have lost the steam.

“We implore MCP leaders to put aside their differences and start working towards building and not destroying the party,” said The Nation editorial comment, urging MCP president Lazarous Chakwera and his adversary secretary general Kaliwo to be “talking to each other so that they iron out their difference.”

And the paper also quoted Mzuzu-based political commentator Emily Mkamanga who expressed concern with MCP infighting with only two years before elections.

She said MCP as the oldest party in the country and the official opposition  was supposed to be “exemplary.”

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13 thoughts on “Nation newspaper says Malawi may risk reverting to a one–party: ‘MCP squabbles put democracy at stake’”

  1. Oliver James Chabwera says:

    I wonder why many Malawians call Dr Chakwera abusa…. when making comments against him as if to be a pastor is a wrong thing in life, our president was a teacher at the university why not calling him aphunzitsi…. Everyone has a background.

    This MCP we see in the opposition side today come 2019 you will see it in the ruling benches

  2. zaka says:

    Dpp singawope Mcp ,ndipo sinawopepo mcp,chifukwa chake inakupezani ku opposition ,inakusiyaninso komweko,just put your house inoder ,dont live in denial alwalys choncho simungasithe mukhala choncho ,and for your information mcp payokha singawine masankho pamalawi pano.

  3. Tsalayekha Mzika says:

    Whether sponsored or not, MCP should prove democratic enough to lead the country. If their leader can’t deal with petty party issues how can he deal with critical issues of the nation? We need MCP leadership which is better at intra-party democracy than the ruling party itself. Otherwise, we have no future with leaders who are intolerant with the members of their own party and prove to have no wisdom in resolving small party issues and resort to blame others. Are you so weak that you can’t defend your party unity from outside forces? Are you telling us of your lack of skills to deal with those challenges? I wont sympathize with you MCP. Grow up and prove that you are a changed party and mature enough to be an alternative!!!

  4. Senior Chief Sapitwa says:

    I have full details of who financed Kaliwo’s conference. Just text on 31072 tollfree. MCP is a party feared by DPPP heavily. Sagona tulo mamembalawa. Chakwera 2019 Boma. Bomailo likubwera.

  5. JBC Atate says:

    The problem is that most of us are experts in living in denial. I agree with the Nation Newspaper editorial comment; the continued infighting in MCP is a menace to our democracy considering that MCP has been providing meaningful balance of power since the dawn of multiparty democracy in 1994. The fact that the squabbles may be sponsored by some external forces does not mean that MCP won’t be affected by the infighting. Such tactics are used anywhere in the world. What matters is how a party responds to such external forces to minimise its impact. Indeed it’s high time MCP put its house in order for the benefit of our democracy.

  6. DOBO says:

    Bodza ilö!!! Where were you when MCP was in serious squables,infighting during Tembo v Gwanda squable? Where were you when MCP was deadly squable during Tembo v Ebel Kayembe or Chafukira who were also sponsored.Koma atokhala nkhani aku Malawi.Do you think. sponsored few in MCP can lead to one party or can finish MCP off. All fout Goverments and tjree rulimg parties have failed to finish MCP off.

  7. Chafukira says:

    We will see this coming elections you kaliwo with you stories

  8. mkika says:

    more divisions are coming during primaries in MCP it will be old mcp vs new mcp blood.wich will lead to more indipendint MPs. pamenepo ndi pamene mudzadziwe kut game yakukulirani

  9. nazonzeruwawa says:

    He who has eyes must see the external invisible hand

  10. Bwengu nitown says:

    Malawi will never go back to one party system of government, I swear because not all of us are weak minded and money hungry like Kaliwo, Kuntsaira, Ntaba, Felix Jumbe just to mention a few who changes political colors for monetary benefits. You associate the MCP with attrocities but those of us who have been there from those days knows the truth and thats why the current MCP has a good number of youths because they know the ones who were leaders of the bad deeds are now in other political parties. The problem is wakwithu syndrome which is putting DPP in control but even know how lomwes do not support DPP. If there was a tribe which was behind were the lomwes and thats why they use dirty tricks to cling to power because they know once out they never rule Malawi again. It is a party with crookedness, selfish and nepotism. Thats why Malawi will never develop and pple who are ruling now never fought for multi partism, they had ran away from Kamuzu only to come back after democracy has been attained. But I believe there is God and one day whether am alive or not this will come to an end

  11. mtete says:

    Please Nation Newspaper, I implore you to call a Spade a Spade and not boring us with your biased editorial. Is it not so obvious to you that there are dark forces influencing divisions in MCP.? I think you shout say it as it is, i.e , that there are certain external elements working hard to divide the party.

    Tell me, Are you saying MCP Leadership should just have looked on while someone is sowing seeds of confusion? And you accuse the party of squabbling when all they are doing is to discipline errant and greedy members, like Kaliwo?

    MCP is very Democratic and what it is doing is, contrary to your assertions, strengthening democracy. Please don’t take sides.

    Aren’t there squabbles in other parties, like DPP? Problem is that, unlike MBC, there are no other forums where hoodlums can be paraded to castigate members of parties, other than MCP, who seem to have gone out of line. MACRA would pounce on such media houses if they dared

  12. MCP WENIWENI says:

    Thanks Nyasatimes
    We have told you many times, just like the MCPs’ District Chairmen have told you that there is NO way Kaliwo would finance the transportation and accommodation of all these District Chairmen from his pocket. There is someone financing him to destabilize MCP. Really you want President Chakwera to be talking to Kaliwo on what?? Advise Kaliwo to be talking to President Chakwera if he is an MCP Member. He must respect President Chakwera. Did he ever talk to Chakwera this Kaliwo?

    If you wish MCP well as you allude that you want a tough opposition and you note that this can only come from MCP, we say thank you very much. However, tell your Kaliwo to stop meddling in MCP party. Tell him to go , enough is enough of this Kaliwo who is NOT even wanted by his relatives. Why did they not vote for him as an MP? Inu, tatopanazo za Kaliwo.


    You can not lead a political party the way you used to lead a congregation. Please Mr Chakwela change your mindset.

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