MCP And Its 19-year Old Track Record Of Divisions

Tension: NEC Meeting In Progress Today At MCP Headquarters
The deep divisions rocking MCP today are new to some. But the fact is that although the party has unity as one of its cornerstones, it has been thriving on divisions.

Since the death of its former leader Hastings Kamuzu Banda, MCP has always been divided between those who uphold the party constitution and those who flagrantly abuse it.

That Lazarus Chakwera is bullying everyone in the party who is more sensible than him isn’t surprising. That’s what MCP does when Malawi is going to elections.

Here are the fast facts of divisions in the party:

Muluzi and Tembo in those days
In 1997, Kamuzu dies. MCP goes to a convention and elects Gwanda Chakuamba as president and John Tembo as his deputy.

In 1999, Tembo calls for convention to choose a presidential candidate despite Chakuamba having a five year mandate from a 1997 convention.

At that convention Tembo was thoroughly defeated.

Same convention mandated MCP to go into an alliance with Aford.

Tembo decampaigned this alliance. Chakuamba and Aford get defeated in the election in 1999

Court battles ensued between Tembo and Chakuamba over the leadership of MCP.

In the aftermath, Tembo joined ranks with Bakili Muluzi of UDF.

Mpasu: Helped Tembo to become Leader of Opposition
With cash from Muluzi, Tembo managed to sponsor a revolt against Chakuamba in Parliament.

While the standing orders clearly stated that the leader of the largest opposition party would automatically be leader of opposition, Speaker Sam Mpasu granted Tembo’s faction the wish that the MPs from the largest opposition party should elect who should be leader of the opposition. This is how Tembo became leader of the opposition.

When Chakuamba boycotted Parliament in protest, through the collusion of Muluzi, Tembo and Mpasu the National Assembly passed a motion to suspend Chakuamba for a year.

The Tembo machinations went outside Parliament. With Muluzi money Tembo also managed to sway voices inside the party against Chakuamba. This is what resulted into the Chakuamba and Tembo factions holding seperate conventions in 2002.

The two conventions were nullified by the High Court.

A single convention followed at Motel Paradise in Blantyre where supporters of the two factions hacked each other.

The following day of the convention UDF thugs assisted the Tembo faction to terrorise the Chakuamba supporters.

When the vote was taken at the convention, Tembo won because many of Chakuamba supporters had fled the convention.

Gwanda: Reacted By Forming Republic Party
Chakuamba reacted by forming the Republican Party.

As pay back to Muluzi, Tembo supported the Open Terms Bill in Parliament. The bill failed so too Muluzi bid to go beyond the two terms.

Tembo’s support for the bill divided the MCP even further.

In 2004, Tembo lost to Dr Bingu wa Mutharika. The loss led to the emergency of the Chris Dazas of this world. Using Tembo’s methods he also started demanding for conventions to choose a leader of MCP.

The MCP run the 2009 elections while Tembo’s candidature was being challenged by the Dazas.

Desperate, Tembo allied with Muluzi. They lost to Bingu.

In 2013 Chakwera gets elected MCP president at a convention. He loses 2014 elections. Immediately he begins kicking out of the party those that oppose his dictatorial tendency. The party has been divided since, with the divisions getting worse by the day.

That is to say, MCP has a curse hanging on its head, the curse of the many people it killed, maimed, jailed, exiled and dispossessed of their property for 31 years.

It is a party that has failed to adapt to democratic principles of good governance within itself.

After 31 years of its dictatorial rule the party is still struggling to remake itself and respond to the needs of a democratic people.

Often its leaders are the same old mould: very arrogant, refusing to listen to voice of reason and acting with impunity to achieve their selfish interests.

21 Responses to "MCP And Its 19-year Old Track Record Of Divisions"

  1. Godknows Banda Steve   January 28, 2018 at 7:23 pm

    Pochezera apa sipotukwanira poti boma liliphe akl anu akamatukwana mwayesa lopusa muzavutika ndizopusa sakudziwani kulikonse mumadzithandiza nokha ,,,,,,,ndiinuyo nomwe kutukwana president muziona tiyeni nazo nabola kuzimaliza

  2. William Makwama   January 28, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Chakwera can’t win

  3. Jolly Jollyz Triger   January 28, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    MCP kungowina ndipomwe ndingadzaziwire uchitsiru waa-Malawi alibe nfundo kwao nkunyodza ndikuipitsa adzawo alibegwiridzano nkachipani-kao ndie adzatilamulira-Bwanji? kunena mosapyatira ngat Dpp ikudza choka pampando UDF idzatenga en mufune-musafene you will believe me…..

  4. Bello Tembo   January 28, 2018 at 8:02 pm

    Sidick miya waisokoneza

  5. Holla Talimile   January 28, 2018 at 8:09 pm

    Very good lecture and well presented.Go a head.These are facts and not fictions.
    We have some mcp candidates who are posed to be elected versus their leader and people are worried with the trends in mcp.This is bad and at a bad time.Put your house in order and these youths be aprised that mcp being a mother of all parties isnt a fooball club where supporters can just wake up and order the dismissal of their leaders.Who wasnt a mcp member in Malawi who is old enough? Where have these youths taken their power to dismiss this highly learned man by the name of Nsowoya? Mcp wake up.These arent true mcp youths.They are employed to do that but if Dr Chakwera is behind them ,then he isnt a matured politician to run this old party that ably chased all azungu in Malawi.The north were and are the best organisers of parties or organisations in Malawi.Orton Chirwa,Kanyama Chiume Aleke and many helped Kamuzu succeed.They may be few but they are strong human resource available in Malawi to make things possible.Wake up.


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