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MCP should put its house in order


The ongoing shameless squabbles among senior officials in the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) are worrying.

This is so because MCP as the main opposition party provides alternative views to the government for the benefit of Malawians.

And for a democracy such as Malawi to thrive, it needs a stable and visionary opposition.


Unfortunately, the same opposition which was to buoy the tenets of democracy is riddled with wrangles, the latest being the lone declaration by the party’s Secretary General Gustave Kaliwo that MCP will hold a convention from 7 to 9 July this year.

Kaliwo’s announcement makes it clear that there are cracks in the MCP executive.

But having been out of government for more than 20 years, it is thought that the party has learnt the importance of good leadership and good governance so that it really manifests itself as the beacon of hope to Malawians.


MCP would only assure Malawians that given a chance to govern this country, it will uphold the Republic Constitution and endevour to transform Malawi into a country where all its resources and wealth will belong to all Malawians only if it displays characteristics of unity and tolerance.

And to Kaliwo, as an SG sanctioned, among others, to sell the party’s policies, he is supposed to use his position and ‘rhetorical gift’ to help heal the party rather than suggest injurious, tried and failed solution of convention.

It is not true that every conflict within the party can only be solved by calling for a convention. There are other better ways of handling such matters.

For the country to develop, it needs parties including MCP that create a sane and stable for environment within themselves.

MCP, as such, should solve its differences once and all and make the party’s agenda to strengthen intra-party democracy if it is to be taken seriously by the public.

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