Conventions will end political infightings

Lazarous Chakwera

A political analyst in Malawi has urged parties to hold conventions to end leadership hiccups in the parties in the country.

The sentiments follow political wrangles in main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and People’s Party (PP) over leadership.

Rafiq Hajat
Hajat: has urged political parties to hold conventions.

In MCP, some members are faulting party leader Lazarus Chakwera of being self centered on issues affecting the party.

Chakwera is also being faulted for flouting party constitution by working with people who were not elected by the previous convention.

While in PP,   leadership vacuum has been reported to be the centre of all hitches after former President Joyce Banda went into exile following her defeat in 2014 tripartite elections.

The vacuum has witnessed top members opting for other political parties in the country with others being fired for faulting Banda’s gadget control of the party.

Commenting on political shakeups in parties, political analyst Rafiq Hajat has urged political parties to hold conventions ahead of 2019 polls.

Hajat has further urged party members to call for conventions to end their differences.

“Most political party constitutions could give a provision of extraordinary meeting and conventions whereby some members could sign a petition,” said Hajat.



  1. Kaliwo in 2016 called for a convention to end the infighting but chakwera refused and suspended him. Now the party through its illegal NEC think the same. All I see is uknown fear in the leader of opposition he only wants to be sure that the indaba would elect him it is when he would accept the convention. Let me tell him that competitors will come up in can see msowoya, mai chidzanja, a nene muhamad sidik miya vying for presidency. Thus the beauty of intra democracy.

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