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Lazarus Chakwera urges harmony in Malawi Congress Party

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Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President, Lazarus Chakwera, on Saturday told the party’s National Executive Committee that they should pursue intra-party peace and harmony ahead of the 2019 general elections.

MCP has been riddled with disagreements where some members have been calling for an emergency convention, saying several positions have not been legitimatised.

Recently, the party’s Secretary-General (SG), Gustave Kaliwo, announced that MCP would hold an emergency convention next month. He based his decision on what he said were powers vested in him as the party’s Chief Executive Officer and demands by delegates.

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In an interview yesterday, MCP Deputy SG Eisenhower Mkaka disclosed that during an emergency meeting that the party held, Chakwera invited all that are pushing for the convention to consider pursuing unity ahead of the 2019 polls.

“The meeting was about the status of the party. It was about mapping the way forward and how we can build a stronger party ahead of the elections. The president talked about unity because there have been some differences among some of our members.

“The president talked about unity in the party and everyone who had dissenting views is now ready to pursue the path of unity. That is what we believe is right for the party,” Mkaka said.

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He also claimed that MCP has reached out to those calling for an emergency convention and that after six months, the highest party meet will take place.

“The president talked about the convention because there have been a lot of issues on the matter. He indicated that after six months, the party will call for a convention in line with its constitution. That is when all positions will be filled,” Mkaka said.

Meanwhi le, MCP has obtained an injunction restraining Kaliwo from going ahead with his plans to hold an emergency convention. Kaliwo claimed that he had accumulated enough signatures from delegates which would allow him to call for a convention.

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