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MCP Stops New Comers from Contesting At Convention

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) President John Tembo is set for a major political comeback following the party’s National Executive Committee resolution to bar all aspirants that have not served the party in the last five years from contesting for any positions in the ranks and file of the party during the forth coming party convention.
This follows a grueling two-day NEC meeting held at the MCP leader’s residence in Lilongwe. The meeting which started on Thursday, ended on Friday afternoon with this resolution as one of the major highlights
MCP director of elections Joseph Njobvuyalema has confirmed the development in an interview with this blogger.
According to Njobvuyalema the resolution was arrived at through a vote where out of the 25 executive members present only 7 voted against the criteria while 18 voted in favor of the 5 year requirement.
If the resolution is anything to go by then democracy faces yet another test in the Malawi Congress Party.
Analysts have condemned the decision saying this resolution on its own means that some of the aspirants have been denied their right to participate in this democratic activity prior to the 2014 tripartite elections.
But to Njobvuyalema this means something else. The director of elections, who is also a presidential aspirant himself, thinks the resolution means democracy has won.
However, some national executive members say they are bitter with the outcome of the vote.
According a NEC member who did not want to named, they blame the process arguing that interested individuals also participated in the voting thereby making the whole process unfair.
By interpretation this means the likes of former Farmers Union of Malawi President Felix Jumbe, Formers Assemblies of God President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera may not take part in the presidential race unless otherwise.
On the other hand, the current MCP leader faces a stumbling block as the party’s constitution does not allow him a third term.
Soon after John Tembo announced that MCP would to go to a convention this year in preparations for the 2014 polls over 11 aspirants came out and presented their nomination papers expressing interest to contest for the party’s top position of President.


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