Signs of in-house squabbles emerge within the governing Malawi Congress Party-MCP following the formation of a splinter group.
Claiming to be a structure within the MCP, the group is being identified as Second Liberation of Malawi Nation-SLMN.
In a letter dated February 8, 2021 addressed to the MCP leadership, SLMN spokesperson Alex Major demands action from President Chakwera and Vice President Saulos Chilima on governance issues.
Major, a former MCP MP, also calls for the removal of some officials at the State House, for allegedly misleading Chakwera, as the Head of State.
In the letter, he mentions names of State House officials who were allegedly appointed on appeasement basis and do not add value to the presidency.
Additionally, he demands the immediate recall of all diplomats and clearing of the rubble in the public service in order to smoothly fulfill the campaign promises.
“It’s a grouping of people who wish MCP well and it has just been formed of late.” Hinted the former Kasungu West Constituency legislator.
Major also has told Capital FM that the group will soon divulge more information relating to their concerns.
“We will come up with a statement at a letter stage and we will invite you when all logistics are finalised.” Major said.
Asked on whether they are not against the leadership of the party, the SLMN spokesperson emphasized that;
“Not at all. Infact we love our leadership and we will do anything to support our leadership for the betterment of our party and our country and there is nothing against any party leadership,” said Major.
Reacting on the development however, MCP Secretary General Eisenhower Mkaka bashes the group and claims the party’s constitution does not recognise them.
“We do not have that establishment in our constitution and therefore I would not say that I recognize them because party structures are determined by the constitution,” Mkaka stressed.
The SLMN statement, claims that their concerns have been endorsed by a higher percentage of the party’s National Executive Committee, all party structures as well as parliamentarians for MCP, People’s Party and Alliance for Democracy-AFORD.