Democracy on Trial; MCP ‘Illegal’ Convention Sideline MEC

The once Mighty Opposition  Malawi Congress Party (MCP) conference has elected Lazarus Chakwera, Sidik Mia and Harry Mkandawire as president, vice president and second vice president respectively.

The elections were held in rather controversial and unexpected circumstances as the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC), which was expected to be the overseer, was by-passed.

MEC spokesperson Sangwani Mwafulirwa told Zodiak Online ‘MEC officials were on their way’ when the three key officials were elected unopposed at the convention taking place at the MCP headquarters in Lilongwe.

It was clear from the start that Chakwera and Mia, would go unopposed after the party dealt away with ex-vice president Richard Msowoya, secretary general Gustave Kaliwo and a group of other opponents.

Former Minister of Health in the People’s Party (PP) Catherine Gotani Hara has been elected first Deputy Secretary General fpr the party and Salimu Bagus as Second Deputy Secretary General. The two also went unopposed.

The Alliance For Democracy (Aford) was the first to hold its convention that was marred by disagreements and emerged with two camps – one for Frank Mwenefumbo and another for Enock Chihana – both claiming to have been elected as Aford’s leader.

MCP’s ‘former’ Secretary General  Kaliwo has however indicated that the whole exercise is in futility as it is him only who is mandated to call for a Convention as per the MCP’s Constitution a charge dismissed by the MCP.-(MANA/ZODIAK)