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MCP holds impromptu Nec meet

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Opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) on Wednesday held an impromptu National Executive Committee (Nec) meeting at its headquarters in Lilongwe amidst serious infighting rocking the party.

Interestingly, the party’s Public Relations Officer (PRO), Alekeni Menyani, was denied entry to the meeting by youth leaguers who were manning the gate to the offices.

Menyani told The Daily Times in an interview that he arrived at the venue in the morning and was baffled to be sent back at the gate without being provided with any explanation.

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“I can confirm that I went there to attend the meeting but I was denied entry at the gate so I have returned,” said Menyani, who is seen as being among parliamentarians enjoying a good relationship with MCP leader Lazarus Chakwera.

MCP Spokesperson, Jessie Kabwila, said in an interview that she was ill and was unable to attend the meeting and refused to disclose the agenda of the meeting saying her deputy, Ezekiel Ching’oma, was better placed to comment. However, Ching’oma was not readily available.

The party’s Secretary General Gustave Kaliwo and its Administrative Secretary, Potiphar Chidaya, were also not available as we went to press.

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The meeting is said to have started around 10 in the morning and went on till late in the afternoon and Chakwera was in attendance.

Nec members were tight-lipped on the agenda but sources said the party’s leadership wanted to, among others, strategise on how to proceed with holding of district elections following lifting of an injunction which was sought earlier by the breakaway faction.

Embattled MCP lawmaker for Salima Central, Felix Jumbe, who is also Second Deputy Director of Strategic Planning said he was still in hiding following the death threats he claimed to have received and could not risk attending the meeting.

“I cannot disclose my location but I am still living in fear, so I did not attend the meeting. Someone cautioned me that a certain Toyota vehicle was following me so I am still seeking police protection,” Jumbe said.

A visit to the venue of the meeting found party youth manning the gate while others were strategically positioned around the building.

The Nec meeting comes barely two days after the High Court in Lilongwe dismissed a case in which some disgruntled district chairmen dragged the party executive to court, challenging some changes Chakwera made to the Nec as well as demanding an immediate convention.

Last week, nine people were apprehended at the party’s headquarters on suspicion that they wanted to petrol bomb the offices and police are still investigating the matter.

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