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Convention Illegal – Gustave Kaliwo

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Embattled Malawi Congress Party Secretary General Gustav Kaliwo has called the party’s convention scheduled for today illegal, saying he has not called the indaba in his capacity as Secretary General after being reinstated on Wednesday.

Kaliwo says the Lilongwe meeting cannot be called a convention as it does not follow provisions provided in the party’s constitution.

He then urged all the delegates headed to Lilongwe for the convention to return to their homes until what he termed such a time that in his capacity as Secretary General will call for the indaba, in consultation with the legitimate National Executive Committee.

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“Section 39 of the party’s constitution says the convention can be called at such a time by the National Executive Committee. I got a letter that I have been reinstated as the Secretary General together with the others. Now which Nec has called this convention when the SG is not aware. The First Deputy President is not aware and the Treasurer General is not aware. Where ever the delegates are, they should go back to their homes because there is o convention in Lilongwe,” he said.

Kaliwo said technically the MCP Nec can hold the convention since the Supreme Court vacated their earlier injunction but it does not mean that the party can hold an illegal convention.

“That injunction is illegal and the positions which the people will be getting are not binding. We want a correct convention where everyone will be free to contest so that those who will lose will lose clean. I don’t think the courts gave them the order to go behind other peoples’ backs and conduct that illegal convention. There is no notice of convection. People are being called on the phone to attend the convention. Where does that happen?” he queried.

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