MCP extends a hand of reconciliation: “We welcome the members who sued the party. The misunderstanding that was there does not disqualify them as members. They are part of the bigger MCP family,” Deputy Secretary General, Eisenhower Mkaka.
MCP WINS CONVENTION CASE, CLAIMANT TO PAY MCP, “UNITY OF SUPPORTERS A REAL WINNER” YIANNAKIS
The Malawi Congress Party has won a convention case against the dis-granted as Justice Charles Mkandawire has dismissed the case with costs, meaning the claimant and his team will pay legal costs.
Reading his judgement, Justice Charles Mkandawire said: “League of Malawi Youth and League of Malawi Women are not part of the MCP District Committee but they can attend District Conferences.
“District Conference is different from a District Committee. There was no evidence that district committee met and made a resolution to petition for emergency convention,” said Justice Mkandawire, adding:
“It would appear there was total confusion by the applicants on what constitutes a District Committee, hence their stick to that the Number of people in District Committee is 30 including League of Youth and Malawi Women. Petitioning of emergency convention is not a simple matter,” added Justice Mkandawire.
He continued saying: “I was not satisfied that this was a matter where a reasonable court will make an order of emergency convention without minutes of the said meeting, I must repeat there’s no credible evidence before this court to make such an order.
“Now on the respondents of the case, the applicants put Director of Elections and Secretary general as respondents, but the evidence before this court brought by them says it’s Hon Chakwera who made the NEC reshuffle in his own capacity as MCP president and the applicants never included him as a respondent to explain on the changes, in general they sued wrong parties, if I was tempted to make such an order for an emergency convention, it would be unfair as that order will be made to wrong people who never reshuffled that NEC.
“The applicants were asked by the defendant counsel to produce the minutes of the meeting, but their excuse were common that due to financial problems they had no money to buy papers, but they had money to engage a lawyer to represent them in this court. I therefore dismiss this case with Costs,” said Justice Mkandawire.
Commenting on the matter, MCP Deputy Secretary General, Eisenhower Mkaka extended a hand.
“We are excited as a party with the judgement. This case was somehow affecting our progress. We will now focus on strategising for the party.
“We welcome the members who sued the party. The misunderstanding that was there does not disqualify them as members. They are part of the bigger MCP family,” said Mkaka.
Speaking after the court victory, social commentator Nick Yiannakis said it is time for change in Malawi.
“Those who really want change and development must rally behind MCP under the leadership of Dr Lazarus Chakwera,” he said, adding:
“Come 2019 MCP and Dr Lazarus Chakwera will lead Malawians and end this impunity and corruption.
“When I was communicated by Chatinkha operatives not to join MCP, I said I was not joining just MCP but the push for a better Malawi for me but for Malawians including those in the villages who are suffering.”