After successfully obtaining a court injunction stopping MCP President Lazarus Chakwera from firing senior members of the party, five district chairmen from the Southern Region have warned against continued disrespect of the party constitution.
The disgruntled lot have further asked Chakwera to step down and page way for new leadership which will accommodate pluralistic views from within the fold.
The five are Denis Nathumba- Regional Chairperson South, Bauleni Mkweza -Regional Chairperson Lakeshore, Stowel Kalizinga Gondwe -Regional Chairperson North, James Bazaar Kaunda -Regional Chairperson North South and Daniel Mlomo -Regional Chairperson Central.
Their calls – during a press conference they held in Blantyre on Wednesday- come as solidarity to Secretary General Gustav Kaliwo who just last week penned Chakwera accusing him of dictatorial tendencies.
Led by suspended Daniel Mlomo, the contingent outlined a list of anomalies associated with Chakwera’s leadership.
Prominent among the lot of issues are; Chakwera running the party as a personal estate while surrounding himself with relations in key positions and concentrating power in the Central Region especially Lilongwe where most appointments seem to come from.
Another issue of importance to Chakwera’s critics is that he has lost respect for the party founders and all former leaders namely; Kamuzu Banda, Gwanda Chakuamba and John Tembo.
Mlomo accuses Chakwera of openly challenging his critics that he is a different person and cannot run MCP as the previous leaders who he says lacked good skills to lead the country’s main opposition party.
Since some members were either suspended or fired weeks ago, MCP has been a perpetually cracking entity that is on the verge of collapse.
It is this tension that has heightened calls for Chakwera to pave way for new leadership proposedly Morgan Tembo, son to JZU.