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MCP expels Felix Jumbe, suspends Jessie Kabwila

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The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) on Wednesday expelled from the party Felix Jumbe, Member of Parliament (MP) for Salima Central Constituency, for what the party termed “gross indiscipline”.

Announcing the disciplinary measures yesterday at a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Lilongwe, MCP President, Lazarus Chakwera, also announced that spokesperson Jessie Kabwila and Lilongwe Mapuyu South MP Joseph Njobvuyalema had been suspended for allegedly plotting with others to “take over” and/or destroy the party’s headquarters.

“As you are all aware, some people were apprehended here at the MCP Headquarters with an intent to ‘take over’ and/ or destroy the party’s Headquarters. When these people were quizzed, they confessed that they were sent by some five party members, some of whom are holding Nec[National Executive Council] positions, others, ordinary members. Two of the five were Hon. Jessie Kabwila and Hon. Njobvuyalema,” Chakwera said.

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Chakwera added that while the matter was being handled by the police, the party’s Nec resolved to suspend Kabwila and Njobvuyalema while subjecting them to a disciplinary process managed by a disciplinary committee that was constituted by Nec with effect from August 31 2016.

Ironically, the party wielded the axe on the duo’s alleged conspirators in the plot—Lyton Dzombe, Chatinkha Chidzanja Nkhoma, Dennis Nanthumba, Gwazantini and Isaac Jere— without subjecting them to similar disciplinary procedures.

Similarly suspended from the party are Hazam Mwale and Chatonda Kaunda for their acts of indiscipline.

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Chakwera justified the disciplinary acts as constitutional and that, as a party, they had engaged the disciplined members on several occasions to sort out their differences before arriving at the decision.

“According to Article 6(1) of the MCP Constitution, the National Executive Committee may refuse membership to any person who does not share the vision of the Party as contained in the Party’s constitution. Besides, according to Article 8(c) the National Executive may refuse to admit anyone to membership.

“Furthermore, Article 63(1), says that subject to the authority of the Party Convention the National Executive Committee may make rules and regulations regarding discipline within the Party and such matters which may be necessary in carrying into effect of the Constitution. As contained in Article 42,” a statement from the party reads.

Reacting to the news, Jumbe dismissed the decision taken by the party, arguing that Nec does not have the mandate to take such action.

During a press briefing later in the day, Chidzanja-Nkhoma insisted that she is still a member of the party and denied allegations that she was part of the alleged plot to torch the party’s headquarters.

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