The interfaith democracy watchdog Public Affairs Committee (Pac) has cautioned the country’s main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) to resolve its internal wrangles if Malawians are to regard it seriously.
MCP remains the only biggest opposition party in the country considered as an alternative government but lately the party has been subjected to divisions that have resulted in some of its top officials being expelled from executive committee as others are forming parallel forces to fight against the party president Lazarus Chakwera.
In an interview with Nyasa Times on Thursday, Pac Publicity Secretary, Father Peter Mulomole noted that the country’s opposition especially MCP is in disarray and is failing to fight for the plight of Malawians.
“The opposition is in disarray. They have to put their house in order. Look what is happening in Malawi Congress Party (MCP) for example,” he said.
“Opposition is having problems. There is in-house fighting in MCP’ up today they are failing to put their house in order. They need to sort their issues out, because the party lacks leadership.”
MCP deputy Secretary General, Eisenhower Mkaka conceded the party is experiencing internal wrangles but attributed the situation to external influences.
“We agree with the observation but it is important to note that the wrangles in the party are being fuelled by external forces. The purpose is to divide and rule. We are reliably informed that government is using some civil society organizations to discredit MCP,” said Mkaka.
Mkaka said the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was taking advantage of some of weak minded officials in MCP to create disorder.
“These wrangles apparently are as theresult of some weak minds in the party. External forces are taking advantage of such minds that allow to be used, and we understand the concerns of Malawians,” said Mkaka.
He said currently the party was working on restoring order in readiness for 2019 elections.
“We are reorganizing ourselves to win back the trust of Malawians; we understand their concerns. We will make making sure that we are organized and united to give Malawians the hope they need. Malawians need to see that we are the alternative government,” he added.
Recently Pac attacked President Peter Mutharika’s led government, saying it has failed as it is riddled with corruption and fraud and that it has lost track of its promises.
Pac has since called for a new political and state architecture.
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