A political analyst has said Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Lazarus Chakwera’s position will not be under threat at the party’s convention expected to be held this year.
In an exclusive interview with Malawi24, political analyst Wonderful Mkhutche told Malawi24 that the idea of holding the convention is welcome since that’s what intraparty democracy is all about.
He however said the convention won’t remove Dr Lazarus Chakwera as the party’s president.
“A convention is a necessary process in intra-party democracy. That is where a party strategizes itself, and in this context, for 2019.
“It is unlikely that there will be any changes in the party presidency. Dr. Chakwera is tipped to win and once again lead the party in a general election. There may be changes in other positions but that will not affect the party. It is built on the presidency. Another great advantage is that the convention will be held much earlier and the party will have enough time to reorganize itself around the new office bearers,” Mkhutche said.
He added that MCP as a party has displayed discipline as far as intra-party democracy is concerned since it is going to the convention with the likelihood of coming out stronger.
“The party should quickly move on from what will happen during the convention and plan for 2019.
“Conventions are important in a democracy. There is a need for parties to practice intra-party before they lead a democratic nation. This process should be free, fair and open so that it is not a mere rubberstamping of individuals,” he told Malawi24
On Sidik Mia’s remarks that Chakwera is the only deserving person to lead MCP to elections and further, Mkhutche said the lower shire political heavyweight is showing support for the party so that it can succeed.
“Mia’s stance is in the faith of stabilizing the party. As said, if there will be any changes with the presidency at the convention, the party will not have enough time to build itself around the new name. Mr. Mia is simply supporting the conventional idea of the party that Dr. Chakwera is better placed to lead it in 2019,” Mkhutche told Malawi24 in an exclusive interview.