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Lazarus Chakwera vows to reunite MCP

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Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera Monday vowed to get to the bottom of emerging challenges threatening unity in the main opposition party.

Chakwera has since promised that he will shortly address the nation on the way forward regarding a number of issues that have happened in his absence.

The MCP president was speaking to hundreds of party supporters who welcomed him at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) on arrival from a two-week visit to the United States of America.

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Recently, there have been disagreements between MCP Publicity Secretary, Jesse Kabwila, and other party officials following the unceremonious ‘suspension’ of seven district chairpersons for allegedly holding secret meetings to destabilise the party.

Meanwhile, two MCP legislators Richard Chimwendo Banda (Dowa East) and Amon Nkhata (Kasungu Central) were summoned by police on Thursday last week on suspicion that they assaulted former party presidential aspirant Lyton Dzombe.

But during his short address yesterday, Chakwera hinted that he has partly been briefed on some issues arising and that he needs time to be fully briefed on the “squabbles”.

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“The Regional Chair, I know you have a lot to say, I have also been briefed by the Deputy President, who is also Speaker of Parliament, soon after my arrival. There are indeed a number of issues that need me to comment and I will do that soon. Let us remain united, we are one, we share a common future,” said Chakwera, attracting applause from party supporters.

Ironically, some of the suspended district chairpersons attended the event and could be seen mingling with other party members and officials.

Kabwila, who is at the centre of the disputes after she faulted her own party for undemocratic tendencies, was also in attendance and freely interacted with other party members.

Speaking earlier, Regional Chairperson for the Centre, Patrick Zebron Chilondola, did not mince words and declared that MCP is a disciplined party and that it will not condone indiscipline.

Said Chilondola: “MCP is strong and alive; so, when you are resting at home, be at peace and know that all is well. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to see one or two people saying this and that—this is normal because some people just love making noise. Let’s ignore such petty issues. MCP is a disciplined party and as Regional Chairperson, I will make sure that it remains as such.”

While in the US, Chakwera, among other engagements, attended a prayer breakfast in Washington DC hosted by the US government, where the main Speaker was US president Barack Obama.

Chakwera also visited Dexter Avenue Baptist Church which is one of the first churches where Martin Luther Junior preached.

The MCP president was also introduced before the Senate in the State of Mississippi where he made a presentation and held a meeting with the State Governor.

He also made a presentation at Falkner University School of Law before students and professors.

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