MCP beefs up politburo


Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has incorporated new faces in its National Executive Committee (Nec) following vacancies that arose due to, among other things, death and movement of members from the party.
MCP secretary general (SG) Eisenhower Mkaka confirmed the development Monday.
“Some positions fell vacant because some [people] died or left the party. So, constitutionally, the National Executive [Committee] is mandated to seal the vacant positions. So, yes, the vacancies have been filled,” he said.
As a result, Henry Mumba has filled the position of director of economic affairs— previously held by the late Cornelius Mwalwanda—while Dowa North East legislator Sam Kawale has risen from executive member to director of recruitment in the party.
Kawale, who is MCP Chief Whip in Parliament, confirmed the development on Sunday.
Others who have been appointed include Gerald Kazembe, who is now second deputy secretary general. He will be working with Catherine Gotani- Hara and Mkaka in the SG’s office.
Kazembe’s position was being held by Chikwawa Central legislator Salim Bagus, who joined Democratic Progressive Party in 2019 but rejoined MCP this year.
Alfred Mwenifumbo, formerly executive member, is the new second deputy director of elections.
Other positions that have been filled include that of second deputy director of campaign, now in the hands of Likoma parliamentarian Ashemes Songwe, while the first deputy director of political affairs is Alexander Kusamba Dzonzi.
The executive committee has also been beefed up, with Nancy Tembo, Babu Khamisa, Bernard Mtawali and Daniel Chintonya Mwanyongo making the list of new entrants.
MCP last filled vacancies in its Nec, which has over 70 members, in 2018.

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