11 August 2016 Last updated at: 6:02 AM

MCP members order Chakwera to leave the Party

MCP leaders

MCP leaders want Chakwera out.

He left the Church to take over the oldest political party in the country. Now the people whom he found in the party wants him to leave the party and maybe return to the Church or wherever he can fit in.

Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera is facing fresh calls to resign as the party’s leader, this time from some of the party’s long serving regional and district committee members.

The members organised a press conference on Wednesday in Lilongwe where they demanded the resignation of the party president for failing to unite the MCP.

Over the past few months, divisions have been rocking the MCP with some members accusing Chakwera of being behind the disputes and of sidelining some executive committee members.

Lazarus Chakwera

Chakwera faces an uproar.

The MCP officials at the press conference also levelled similar accusations against the part leader saying they have lost confidence in Chakwera’s leadership and they want a convention to elect a new leader.

“You hear one problem after another in the party. We do not have a leader in MCP who should deal with the problems,” said one of the officials Chatinkha Chidzanja Nkhoma who is believed to be eyeing the MCP presidency.

Meanwhile, MCP spokesperson Jessie Kabwila said it would be a good idea if Chakwera’s predecessor John Tembo mediates over the wrangles in the party.

She added that the mediation would be necessary now since 2019 elections are just around the corner and the party would need to be united ahead of the polls.

Kabwila who is a legislator has also faced persecution within the party. Recently, she was chased away from a Chakwera rally in Salima together with another Member of Parliament Felix Jumbe.

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