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Confusion over MCP Nec positions

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Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Member of Parliament for Lilongwe Mapuyu South Constituency, Joseph Njobvuyalema, is in dilemma on whether he is out of the party’s National Executive Committee (Nec) or not.

MCP Second Deputy Secretary General, Eisenhower Mkaka, told The Daily Times last week that, after analysing the report from the disciplinary committee, Nec members decided to restore the membership of Njobvuyalema and his fellow lawmaker for Salima North West Constituency, Jessie Kabwila, but decided against restoring them to their respective Nec positions.

Mkaka said the Nec meeting the party held on February 11 2017 resolved not to restore Kabwila as party publicity secretary and Njobvuyalema, as deputy director of international affairs.

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But letters of reinstatement dated February 13 2017 and signed by party administrative secretary Potiphar Chidaya—are silent on their firing from Nec.

“I write to convey to you the decision of the National Executive Committee made on Saturday, 11th February. The National Executive Committee met at National Headquarters and resolved to reinstate you as member of Malawi Congress Party. May the Almighty God be with you today and always,” read the letters, which were copied to the party president and sent to the two legislators.

Asked about the development, Njobvuyalema chose his words carefully.

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“What is not in black and white does not exist,” Njobvuyalema said.

Chidaya refused to comment on the positions, saying the issue of who holds what position in the party was not necessary.

“Other positions follow membership. So, membership is the most crucial thing and what we are saying is that their membership is reinstated,” Chidaya said.

MCP president, Lazarus Chakwera, announced on September 1 2016 that Kabwila, Njobvuyalema and James Chatonda Kaunda had been suspended for allegedly plotting with others to “take over” and destroy the party’s headquarters.

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