The opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) will hold its convention in August this year, this blogger can reveal.
Impeccable sources within the MCP national executive committee have disclosed that the gathering will take place at the Natural Resources College in the capital, Lilongwe from the 2nd to the 4th of August, 2013.
When contacted for comment, Chairperson of the Organizing Committee for the Convention, Joseph Njobvuyalema did not deny or confirm when the dates of the convention were put to him.
“The convention will surely take place. I will not give you the date though. The organizing committee is meeting this weekend to get clearance and blessings on the preparations from the MCP National Executive Committee,” he said.
Sources within the party hierarchy have confirmed to this blogger that MCP President John Tembo has been meeting some of the party’s leadership aspirants in order to advise them on what he thinks about leadership election criteria at the forth coming convention.
Among other agreements, sources say John Tembo also known as JZU has proposed that as leader, in consultation with the National Executive Committee he should be allowed to eliminate some of the aspirants in order to ensure there is order in the party.
However, according to Njobvuyalema, all aspirants that have shown interest to contest at the convention and have the right qualifications will be allowed to run freely.
The impending MCP Convention in August will be a reschedule of the party’s postponed convention earlier in April this year sighting financial constraints.
Njobvuyalema said the political grouping has finally sourced adequate funding to allow it host the indaba.
The battle for the Malawi Congress Party’s top job of President is being contested for by former president of the Malawi Assemblies of God Church Rev Dr Lazarus Chakwera, ex-Farmers Union of Malawi President Felix Jumbe, Joseph Njobvuyalema, Makala Ngozo, Dr Christopher Daza, former Chief Justice Love more Munlo, lawyer Edwin Banda among others.
It is yet to be seen if all these names will make it to the final ballot paper at the convention.
Political analysts have said the outcome of the MCP convention with determine which way the 2014 general elections will go.