Poll expert says parties should stop using conventions to settle political scores

A poll expert has riled political party leadership in the country for using party conventions to settle political scores and finish off political enemies.

Duwa says party Indiba should be to build not destroy opponents.-Photo by Jeromy Kadewere, Nyasa Times

Steve Duwa, chairman of Council for Non Governmental Organisation (Congoma) said party conventions should not be used to finish off political enemies, saying this is a recipe for problems during the 2019 polls.

“We have seen what is happening in Aford, in MCP and in the DPP. If the politicians use the conventions to settle for political scores then we are heading for a political disaster,” he said.

A political scientist Mustafa Hussein said political parties must give a chance to supporters to choose leaders of their choice.

The Democratic Progressive Party said it would hold a convention this month described as window dressing by some analysts whilst in Aford both Enoch Chihana and Frank Mwenifumbo claim party presidency.

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So Duwa insinuates courts are the place?


Inunsotu ma political commntetors you are hypocritical, you are hypocrites, si inu nomwe mumanena kuti MCP ichite convention kuti ithetse ma disagreement. Lero poti ndi DPP zasitsa I think you are useless and worthless. Barely one month basi mwasitha and expose your hypocrisy. Ife timakudalirani kuti mumanena zoona koma kani ndinu dzitsiru chonchi. Hypocrites.


It just demonstrates the immaturity of Malawi politics and umbuli wa ma citizens. In a typical and true democrartic country, the people use their voice appropriately for their own good. Here in Malawi, people accept abuse for the good of a few political leaders.


Nde kusowa chokambatu a Duwa. Check the constitutions of parties. Conventions are the highest leadership of any party and so it’s the rightful place to end any leadership issues

Tiyeseni Phiri

How then do you settle political disputes? Are you chameleons? All aspirants are shown their rightful positions through the ballot in a vibrant democracy. What is your kind of democracy?

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