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MCP infighting rages on: Jumbe fired as NEC suspends Kabwira and Njobvuyalema

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Main opposition, Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has expelled Felix Jumbe and some senior figures from the party on grounds of misconduct termed as “sowing divisions” within the oldest political party.


The decision comes following a lot of infighting which cropped up after notable members of the party have been challenging some critical decisions the party president Rev. Lazarous Chakwera made as being unconstitutional.

In an extra-ordinary meeting held in Lilongwe, the party's national executive commmittee has fired Jumbe alongside Chatinkha Chidzanja Nkhoma, Azam Mwale and former chairman for Southern Region Denis Nathumba. The meeting was chaired by party president Lazarous Chakwera.

The committee has also suspended party spokesperson Jessie Kabwila and lawmaker Joseph Njobvuyalema pending disciplinary hearing.

In May this year, some MCP officials—including district chairpersons and committee members—dragged the party to court, demanding an emergency convention asserting serious irregularities over how Chakwera runs the party and appointed some NEC members.

They accused the Jumbe led dissidents for their actions of fighting party leadership as tantamount to holding the MCP to ransom.

Some disgruntled and angry MCP members were calling for an early convention in protest of party president Chakwera’s style of leadership.

Efforts to speak to either of the official proved futile but social commentator Undule Mwakasungula has criticised the move saying it’s a sign that the party is not ready to reform democratically.

Mwakasungula whose family also was affected by the 30 year old regime said it's high time the party must forget its old ways of doing things to reflect on the current needs of Malawians.

“I find that to be unfair and uncalled for when a party president wants to rule by an iron fist.

“We are all aware of what this party did when it was in power and when it develops these developments it’s a sign that it’s still walking in its old ways,” said Mwakasungula.

On Wednesday afternoon Chakwera’s bodyguard roughed up and bared the party’s secretary general Gustavo Kaliwo from entering into the venue where the NEC meeting was taking place.

As if that is not enough, last weekend Chakwera sent Kaliwo’s deputy to represent the party at Kulamba ceremony in Zambia.

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