Malawi Congress Party condemns tribalism

Ntcheu, President of Malawi Congress Party (MCP), Dr. Lazarus Chakwera, Sunday expressed concern on what he alleged as politics of regionalism and tribalism, saying if the trend continues it will impact negatively on the country’s development.

Chakwera who is also leader of opposition in Parliament made the remarks when he addressed a political rally in Ntcheu.

He said politics of tribalism and regionalism should not be tolerated and that every citizen should be treated equally regardless of political, religious and tribal affiliation.

It is worrisome to see unnecessary division among the citizenry due to hate speeches despite all of us being Malawians, the MCP President said.

On Socio-economic development, Chakwera emphasized on the need for government to put in place policies which can promote economic empowerment amongst Malawians especially the rural masses.

Farmers can be economically empowered if government puts in place policies which can assist in market creation and accessibility, thereby motivating farmers to be working hard as one of the ways of fighting poverty in the country, he said.

MCP Regional Chairperson for the centre, who is also Member of Parliament for Dedza North, Patrick Chilondola attacked a faction within MCP which he alleged that it is being led by the party’s Secretary General, Gustav Kaliwo for bringing confusion in the party and its followers.

This faction is calling for the party’s convention with the goal of misleading the party and its followers, he said.

Last Saturday, Kaliwo announced that MCP will hold its National Convention from July 7 to 9,2017 at a yet to be disclosed venue to resolve misunderstandings which have plunged the party into a chaotic state.

According to Article 40 of the MCP Constitution, an emergency convention can only be called if the party’s national executive committee resolves so by two thirds of its membership or at the request by half of the number of all district committees.

Kaliwo challenged that he has a backing of more than half of the party’s district committees for him to call for the convention and that the move has a blessing from some of the party’s national executive committee members.

Surprisingly, Chakwera at the rally never commented anything on the move by the party’s secretary general.

Source: Malawi News Agency � MANA