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I am not afraid of convention—Chakwera

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The main opposition Malawi Congress P    (MCP) President, Lazarus Chakwera, has said he is not afraid of calling for a convention but it is the issue of rebuilding, restructuring and rebranding the party that should be done before any convention.

Some MCP members have been agitating for an early convention which, according to them, will help in sorting out the misunderstandings within the party.

While admitting that apart from the party’s five-year convention schedule there are some crucial issues that may require a convention in between, Chakwera said the issues that his critics are raising are not worth the energy and it is important for the party to concentrate on its public policy.

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“A convention, according to our constitution, it is every five years and until there are issues that require such then you can hold it other times. I have said, I would like to call for a convention where you are not even talking about elections but issues that touch Malawians.

“I have openly said this in our Nec [National Executive Committee] meetings, that we will pursue such things, that we must have structures in place so that we can have, truly something that is in accordance with our rules,” Chakwera said.

He said it is important for MCP members to put emphasis on governance issues instead of fighting if the country is to move forward.

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The MCP leader then told people who gathered in Bunda Ward in Kasungu on Sunday to vote for the party’s candidate, Jonathan Tembo as Councillor for the ward during the by-elections slated for November 1.

“Tembo is a competent man for the position. He is development-oriented, a man with integrity and if we are to efficiently develop the lives of people at the grassroots, we need people like him to move us forward,” he said.

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