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Lazarus Chakwera responds to calls for convention

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President Lazarus Chakwera has asked some leaders within the party who lost at the party’s convention to accept the status quo and commit to rebuilding the party.

This is the first time Chakwera has come in the open and responded to calls by some members of the party led by Secretary General, Gustave Kaliwo, who have been calling for a convention.

Kaliwo claims that district chairmen in all regions are demanding for a convention to sort out problems within the party.

However, speaking during a rally he conducted together with Speaker of National Assembly, Richard Msowoya, in Rumphi on Monday, Chakwera said some people within the party who lost the elections both at national executive and district levels secretly hold meetings and mobilise themselves to bring disagreements within the party.

He said admitting the outcome of the convention and elections in regions and districts is the best way to end disagreements he claims are fuelled by some leaders.

“MCP is for everybody, not only for old faces. Some new faces are leading the party now at all levels. Let us all accept that they are our leaders and work together to rebuild the party. Do not go behind and fuel disagreements by asking some leaders to revolt against us. Admit that you lost and let’s work together convincing people to join the party.

“To those who lost other positions in the party, be our advisers. Do not divide us. Support us. We are all MCP and let us work together in readiness for 2019 elections,” Chakwera said.

He said the courts and other party veterans have already guided that the wrangles can only be sorted within sober discussions.

Chakwera then also took a swipe at the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government for leading the country through lies and unfulfilled promises.

“This government deserves a red card. Corruption is everywhere. Malawians are being cheated every day. Development which was introduced by first president Ngwazi Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda was abandoned. Why are you still giving chance to such a government?” Chakwera queried.

Msowoya, who is also first deputy president of the party, also echoed similar sentiments about the DPP.

He said some politicians in government are used to speak lies which fuels division among Malawians.

“MCP does not believe in tribalism, nepotism or regionalism. We are saying this because it is the only party which featured a running mate from the North in 2014 Tripartite Elections, the only party which supported a Northerner to be a Speaker,” he said.

However, government spokesperson Nicholas Dausi said DPP government is serving Malawians by implementing many development projects across the regions.

Dausi said MCP only attacks government failures but does not provide solutions.

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