Malawi Congress Party (MCP) National Executive Committee members have accused their president, Lazarus Chakwera, of being a dictator whose failure to reform the party has made UTM popular among MCP members.
Two NEC members who spoke on strict condition of anonymity said Chakwera is the reason UTM is finding a haven in MCP stronghood in the Central Region where other parties have been failing to penetrate before Vice President Saulos Chilima.
“Where do you think our MPs that we have kicked out will end up being. Chakwera has frustrated MPs that are popular among Malawians. MPs like Juliana Lunguzi and Jessie Kabwira are definitely going to follow Richard Msowoya to UTM,” confided one member of the party’s national executive committee.
“The only thing Chakwera is good at is to release emotionally charged statements against government. He is like a Pharisee who can hardly see a log in his own eye. He has failed to reform MCP to be a force to reckon with. He has sold the Party to people of questionable repute like (Sidik) Mia and Harry Mkandawire. Yet, thrown away people who set out a strong team in the 2014 elections,” he added.
Another member said with Chakwera as Leader of Opposition and of the party, MCP has not progressed.
“As you can see from the recent IPOR study, we are still trailing DPP. We should have been the first. But we are second. Chakwera is useless and good for nothing. His leadership is weak. He has failed to convince more Malawians to see MCP as the mighty party like it used to be.”