Newly launched Leadership with Compassion Party (LCP) has taken the number of political parties in Malawi to 56, leading to calls for regulation of political parties in the country.
LCP whose president is Sally Kumwenda has been geared to join the political race in Malawi.
Though multiparty demands having many political parties, stakeholders have expressed worry on participation of many registered political parties in Malawi.
Recently, Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) expressed concern over lack of participation of political parties saying only four political parties namely Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Malawi Congress Party (MCP), People’s Party (PP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) out of over 50 parties participate in elections.
Concurring with MEC, a political expert Wonderful Mkhutche has called for regulation of the parties to be registered in Malawi.
“We have not done much in regulating political parties in the country. Yes, we are a multiparty democracy. But that does not need to just be on paper. It has to be on ground as well. The challenge is how we measure political participation. We cannot do it using elections alone. It is more than that. But elections being one of the most important part of a multiparty democracy, if a party continuously decides not to show up, it ends up being irrelevant. It cannot be wrong if we can have a law that de-registers such parties,” said Mkhutche.
Mkhutche further faulted the lack of ideologies in the country’s politics saying political parties would have been filling ideological gaps.
“The challenge with Malawi politics is that it is not based on ideologies. If it was so, parties would have found it easy to see existing gaps and fill them. But since it is based on tribal boundaries, access to resources and populist stunts, the going favours the already established parties,” he added.
He advised LCP not to rush into the forthcoming elections saying the party needs to establish itself before contesting in national polls.
Speaking during the launch of LCP on Tuesday in Lilongwe, Kumwenda said the party is slated to address challenges rocking the country.