Chakwera Obtains Injunction against Early Convention

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera has obtained an injunction stopping secretary general for the party Gustav Kaliwo from organising an emergency MCP convention.

According to a court order which the local media has seen, the court has said Kaliwo and his group should stop all preparations for the convention.

Kaliwo announced last month that half of MCP’s district committees from across the country agreed that the party should hold a convention.

MCP however argued that its National Executive Committee is the only one mandated to call for a convention.

This did not stop Kaliwo from organising the convention which was slated to be held in July at Bingu Convention Centre in Lilongwe.

But in the injunction Chakwera and the MCP obtained at the High Court on Monday, second defendant Kaliwo and first defendant Lackson Khamalatha who has been sued on behalf of former district chairpersons of the party, have been ordered to refrain from doing any acts that may be deemed to be part of the preparations for the party convention.

“It is directed that an interlocutory injunction is hereby granted restraining the respondents either by themselves or agents from effecting the decision of the secretary general Gustav Kaliwo as announced on the 29th of April and 9th of June respectively, to commence preparations and actual converging of the Malawi Congress Party convention in the year 2017,” reads part of the court order.

The court has warned Kaliwo and Khamalatha that failure to follow the order will lead to imprisonment since they will be deemed to be in contempt of the court.

Kaliwo and Khamalatha have until June 21 to file an application to vacate the order.mw24