Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Vice President, Richard Msowoya, has said new members in the party should understand that it is only the party’s convention that will decide on candidates for the 2019 elections.
Msowoya’s remarks come after a renowned politician Sidik Mia expressed interest in contesting for the position of vice-president in a party that he is yet reveal.
Reports indicate that Mia is poised to join MCP although the Lower Shire political gladiator has kept a tight lid on his next move.
Speaking at Chintheche in Nkhata Bay, at a rally that brought together fellow Members of Parliament, leaders from both Regional and Constituency levels from the North and Nkhata Bay, on Saturday, Msowoya said he is a mature politician who acts more than talking.
“My fellow MCP diehards, a coin like K5 makes a lot of noise when it is thrown into the plate but a banknote like K2,000, will never make noise. Now which one would you opt to receive if given a chance to do so?
“Let those joining us know that the party has structures and leaders. Let them not speak a lot because it is only the convention that decides on candidates,” Msowoya said.
Msowoya then stressed that delegates to an MCP convention will vote for leaders who have been loyal to the party and not those who may have personal interests.
“There are people who have brains in this country, such as the one addressing you right now. You will never hear that Msowoya has said this here, has said that there. In 2009, Honourable John Tembo [former MCP leader] dumped me at Nyambadwe and opted for Honourable Brown Mpinganjira as a running mate, did you see me complaining?” queried Msowoya.
The Speaker of Parliament also said politicians must be measured in their speeches so that they should not start explaining and justifying whatever they say.
“When I speak, I do so in a manner that even if the speech is played on the radio, people will say a man is speaking here. There is no need to say that when I go there I will do this and that…,” he said.
He, however, encouraged MCP leaders to ensure that they attract people into the party if it is to form the next government.
In his remarks, Regional Chairperson for North-South, Osborne Shera, warned that small disagreements at the party’s headquarters can affect the performance of the leaders at constituency and area levels.
He said the National Executive Committee (Nec) members should always embrace the idea of contact and dialogue on any disagreement if the party is to remain strong in the regions.
The MCP has been rocked in internal leadership squabbles that have seen its Secretary General, Gustave Kaliwo, calling for a convention early July to the displeasure of other Nec members.
This is the first time Msowoya has spoken on issues concerning the party as most of the time he trains his guns on government failure in fighting corruption and other good governance related issues.
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