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Let owners of party sort out MCP problem

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Granted that in a democracy, people with dissenting views have to find a common ground through which they can co exist with their conventional colleagues. It is expected that the leadership of any political party has to be very accommodative by continuously bending its back, just to ensure that there are no muted voices that could ignite an inferno.

We have been compelled to revisit this particular school of thought in light of the never ending court battles that characterised the opposition Malawi Congress Party – MCP in recent months, where the party’s embattled Secretary General Gustav Kaliwo and others that had at one point been suspended turned to the courts for redemption, until later this week when the courts finally lifted their injunction, clearing the way for the country’s oldest party to possibly hold it’s convention and sort out the squabbles, once and for all.

What has come out clearly during the time the two factions have been tussling in court is that neither side is willing to bulge, and it is evident which particular side has been carrying the steam, if results of the October 2017 by elections are anything to go by.

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Our humble advice to the Malawi Congress Party hierarchy is; let the supporters, who are owners of the party, have the final say as to what they want and which direction they wish the party to take and there is only one way through which this can be done, and that is the holding of a convention.

It is perplexing that the Kaliwo faction is hell bent against the holding of the indaba, even after the party re-instated him and his colleagues and even extended an olive branch that they are free to contest during the convention, which by the way, has been delayed by the running battles as the Lazarus Chakwera led executive had planned to hold the meeting at the beginning of April.

In conclusion, we are saying; enough of the court circus, it has run its course. Let sanity prevail and this can only happen if the ordinary members of the MCP are allowed to have their say by participating at the convention.

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