The ruling Malawi Congress Party (MCP) will hold it’s elective national convention in August next year.
Making an announcement on Monday during the press briefing in the capital city, Lilongwe the party Secretary General, Heseinhower Mkaka says this follows the change of the country’s electoral calendar.
The party Secretary General refused to comment on the electoral alliances the party entered into with other political parties stressing that the briefing was meant to map the way forward as to how the MCP will move towards it’s elective convention.
“We want to inform the nation more particularly the party supporters that due to the change of our electoral calendar, the MCP Convention will be held in August next year,” said Mkaka.
However, Mkaka said all the party positions will be up for grabs at the national convention despite some party members having already endorsed Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera for president.
“MCP follows constitutional democracy, every position will be up for grabs even if there will be some who may want to challenge Chakwera on that position of party president,” he said.
He then clarified that the party convention will also be held in August next year to avoid power struggle which may come about as a result of a possible ascending to power of another party leader.
In May this year the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) defended some of its members, Harry Mkandawire and Catherine Gotani Hara who publicly endorsed President Lazarus Chakwera to be the party’ torch bearer in the 2025 presidential election.
The then party spokesperson Reverend Maurice Munthali told the nation that although the party’ candidates are elected at a convention but that do not stop members from expressing their opinions.
But Livingstonia University lecturer and political analyst, George Phiri warned the party to trade carefully considering that most of them do not know what Dr Chakwera and Dr Saulos Chilima agreed before going into an electoral alliance.