National Congress Party files for registration

A new political movement, National Congress Party (NCP) lodged documents with the office of the Registrar of Political Parties to register it.

NCP interim Publicity Secretary Jacob Banda said they filed their registration materials and that Assistant Registrar General, Violet Chibambo, acknowledged receipt of their application in memorandum dated September 5.

Banda said the party has already applied from Office of President and Cabinet to use the protected name ‘National’.

“We hope our registration will not face any resistance,” he told Nyasa Times.

MCP members feels NCP is copy cat

Banda said the party, which draws most of its members from main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has no interim leader.

He said NCP will draw its membership from a wide section of the country’s population.

A former regional treasurer for MCP, George Zulu, in on record saying NCP has in its ranks “chiefs, serving and retired civil servants, the clergy and the academia.”

“We’re creating a vehicle for all Malawians not satisfied with the current political system where parties are identified with individual,” Zulu, whose wife is an MCP lawmaker, is on record saying.

MCP however feels the name NCP will be “confusing” to the people.

MCP spokesperson Nancy Tembo said the party will consult its legal counsel.

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