By: Lloyd M’bwana
The Malawi Congress Party (MCP)’s Spokesperson Dr. Jessie Kabwira and also a Member of Parliament (MP) for Salima North west has assured constituents of her staunch loyalty to the party despite political bickering surrounding her stance against violation from party leadership of the MCP’s constitution.
The assurance comes amid uncertainties and internal tensions engulfed the old political party following seven district chairpersons’ suspension this week by central region committee over their petition to its leader Lazarus Chakwera on various issues including of raping MCP constitution that the party was losing direction in its affairs and also nepotism, claiming that the majority of positions in the party are held by people from Lilongwe where Chakwera also comes from.
Following suspension of the seven district chairpersons, Kabwira stood firm against their suspension arguing that the party constitution was not followed, remarks which have not pleased some of the MCP National Executive Committee (NEC) members calling the removal of the Outspoken Kabwira from her post for speaking against its fellow NEC members.
However, sources within the party on Thursday, February 4 confided in to The Maravi Post that MCP’s Secretary General Gustavo Kaliwo who is a lawyer by profession quarreled with the central region committee decision of suspending the district chairpersons without following proper disciplinary actions that their side of the story was not held.
Kabwira and some of the suspended district chairpersons are reportedly living in fear over unanimous calls and threats receiving from unknown people saying they are putting the party into shame over remarks of breaking the MCP’s constitution.
But addressing constituents after inspecting some of the road projects on Friday, February 5, Dr. Kabwira who was in full MCP cloth regalia assured communities that her position as the party’s spokesperson remains intact describing the current political bickering as a minor internal matter which will be sorted out soon.
Kabwira hinted that no matter how other NEC members might try to be on her way, she will stand on what she said that the district chairpersons were MCP members and had valid reasons on their petition which needed to be given a platform in order to iron out issues unlike suspending them.
“Looking at the political climate I am into, I thought of coming back to you as those who put me in this position as a Member of Parliament in order to get real facts of the matter as to why some NEC members want me out of the party. I have not violated any party’s constitution but standing firm against raping the same rules we formulated for
“I remain loyal to the party and its leader, Dr. Lazarus Chakwera. My position as MCP Spokesperson remains intact. What you are hearing are just minor internal matters which will be sorted out soon. MCP remains the only hope for Malawians from social-economic turmoil currently going through. But for us to get into government whether one wants or
not, we need to put house in order. This is what the party is now going through to reposition itself for taking Malawi to the next level come 2019”, assures Kabwira.
She however took swipe at government for failing to provide enough maize in Admarc deports as hunger situation has hit hard leading to school children absence from classes over lack of food. Kabwira wondered as to why the nation was in food crisis while all in all
government bought extra maize from Zambia.
“Hunger situation has reached a boiling point that authorities are gagged without explanations. The Kwacha has slipped against major foreign currencies leading to skyrocketing of prices for goods and services. Despite all of this President Mutharika keeps on saying no one will die of hunger. Are we serious as a nation?” queries Kabwira.
She therefore lauded communities for embracing infrastructure developments including road projects underway in the constituency appealing for more support that by end of the five year term the areas was to be transformed.
However, MCP President Lazarus Chakwera is expected back home on this coming Wednesday, 10 February through Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) from a private trip in the United States of America (USA) with expectation that squabbles rocking the party will be dealt with diligently
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