Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya in his capacity as vice president of opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has rubbished a letter written by the party’s Secretary General Gustave Kaliwo questioning the relationship between President Lazarus Chakwera and former minister Muhammed Sidik Mia.
Kaliwo in his letter to Chakwera, questioned the relationship between Mia and MCP, saying it is a “worst kept secret” that is causing friction in the party over presidential running mate issue.
He informs Chakwera that there are party officials that are working with Mia – a political heavyweight in the Lower Shire.
But Msowoya who was Chakwera’s running mate in 2014 presidential race trashed the assertions, saying there was no way there could be running mate factions in MCP between him and Mia who is rank outsider.
Msowoya said when Mia decided to join MCP; there will be leadership contests in a democratic and transparent way at a national convention.
“Even then, it will be the president who will choose his running mate,” said Msowoya.
When interviewed by Nyasa Times on Thursday, Mia said from his Chikwawa Nkombezi farm that he remains out of frontline politics.
“I walked away from frontline politics and the status quo has not changed,” said Mia who resigned as People’s Party’s vice president and also as Transport Minister in Joyce Banda cabinet.
Pressed if he is doing “underground politics”, Mia dismissed the assertions and maintained: “It’s neither here nor there. I want to recharge my batteries by staying away from politics.”
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Meanwhile, Msowoya has also faulted the party’s Secretary General over his tone in the letter and decision to address issue through correspondence to MCP president.
He said Kaliwo’s conduct of writing a letter is “childish” as he had an opportunity to address all concerns raised through the party politburo meeting.
In his letter, Kaliwo said Chakwera was either a coward.
But Msowoya said Kaliwo is being “childish” in raising his concerns, saying “I am very disappointed.”
Msowoya further explained that decisions in MCP are not made by one person and that Chakwera does not dictate things.
“In MCP it is the NEC that makes decisions,” he said.
Msowoya rubbished assertions by Kaliwo that it was Chakwera making all the decisions, saying that is false.