MCP Joins Harry Mkandawire in Supporting Chakwera for 2025 Presidential Election – Malawi Nyasa Times
The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has endorsed Harry Mlekanjala Mkandawire from President Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera endorsed for the 2025 presidential election.
Mkandawire, deputy defense secretary, said the Tonse Alliance’s lead partner – MCP – has decided to nominate Chakwera as its presidential candidate in the next general election.
He made the remarks on Sunday at the MCP regional headquarters in Mzuzu.
“I want to confirm to you that Chakwera will be our torchbearer in the upcoming 2025 election. That’s the truth. No one will guide us,” Mkandawire said.
MCP Regional Governor for the North Joseph Chavula confirmed the development and said it was also in line with the Tonse Alliance agreement.
Chavula claimed that even Vice President Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima knows about the agreement.
He said at the party’s recent meeting, held by the MCP National Executive Committee (NEC) at its Lilongwe headquarters, members decided to nominate Chakwera in the 2025 tripartite elections, in line with the country’s constitution, which gives him concede two terms to once again cede leadership.
“You know that the constitution of our party has allowed Chakwera two terms that expire at the end of this term. However, NEC agreed to give him a chance in accordance with the country’s constitution. Don’t worry about the alliance, the deal says the same thing,” Chavula said.
Both MCP publicity secretary Reverend Maurice Munthali and general secretary Eisenhower Mkaka dodged to endorse Mkandawire’s views, saying there was nothing wrong with what he said.
When asked if the party would allow anyone to speak on their behalf, Mkaka said, “Not everyone can speak for the party, but the vice president can. Again, individuals are allowed to express their opinions freely and in their personal capacity.”
But Mkaka refused to confirm what Chavula said, saying that what Mkandawire said was part of the agreement reached by the nine parties that make up the Tonse Alliance.
“While I appreciate the sentiments, I would avoid associating the sentiments with the alliance agreement, which the regional governor has not seen,” he said.
In response, UTM spokesman Frank Mwenefumbo said his party will abide by and respect the Tonse Alliance agreement.
Mwenefumbo said it was an insult to Malawians to speak of elections in 2025 when the alliance still had much to deliver.
He went on talking Nyasa times that the country is still mourning the lives of Malawians who have died due to flooding and lost their homes in the country and that it will be crazy to talk about elections in 2025.
Many political commentators and Malawians on social media believe that Mkandawire’s opinion could cause dissent within the alliance.
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