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The illegally constituted National Executive Committee (NEC) has resolved to fire Hon. Richard Msowoya and Hon. Gustav Kaliwo, VP and SG of the party respectively.

Chakwera's NEC has also resolved to kick out of the party second vice president MacDonald Lombola, deputy secretary general Chatonda Kaunda and treasurer general Tony Kandiero for urging Chakwera to abide by the party  Constitution through a letter. 

In the meeting, Lombola tried to protest the decision and give his side of the story but to no avail. 

The meeting also resolved to hold its Convention from 4th to 6th April 2019.

 

When contacted by The Nation to comment, Msowoya who is also Speaker of Parliament declined to comment, arguing that he has not received any communication and cannot comment on speculation.

 

However, analysts say the Speaker, who is also a lawyer, will work to fix MCP in Parliament which begins on Monday.

 

Kaliwo, another lawyer who has been insisting on constitutionalism in the party, has sworn to fight in Court. Kaliwo has already applied to Court to declare null and void resolutions of the 'NEC' meeting which many believe is illegal.

 

Earlier in the day, nineteen members of the party were barred from attending the meeting. They include Secretary General Gustav Kaliwo, Party spokesperson Jessie Kabwila, the outspoken Juliana Lunguzi, the critical Chatinkha Chidzanja Nkhoma and fifteen others. 

 

Vice President of the party Richard Msowoya sent an apology as he did not want to be embarrassed.

 

The agenda of the meeting was twofold: (a) to fire from the party members who are critical to Lazarus Chakwera's drive for absolute dictatorship.

(b) to agree on the process of impeaching Richard Msowoya as Speaker of Parliament. 

 

The meeting lasted beyond 11:00pm because it was full of heated debates as Chakwera fought to maintain his grip of power.

 

Where as Msowoya and Kaliwo are seeking the legal route, Chakwera has mobilised the terror machine of the Red Shirts to wage violence and intimidate his enemies. 

 

Before the meeting, Chakwera's terror machine of Red Shirts chased and stoned a Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) van from covering the meeting. This move has shocked the media fraternity which enjoys maximum freedom of expression under the reign of President Peter Mutharika. The terror of the Red Shirts reminds many of the terror and intimidation tactics used in the Malawi Congress Party dictatorship.

 

Meanwhile, the High Court of Malawi is expected to rule whether Chakwera's NEC and the meeting are legal or not.

 

The disgraced members of the party are also expected to breathe fire at a hot Press Conference expected on Monday. 

 

At the same, Parliament is waiting to see intense political drama as the battle between the Speaker of Parliament and his party gets drawn to Parliament. 

 

The consequences of this worsening war are yet to be seen. But the London-based Economist Intelligence Unit has warned that Malawi Congress Party will lose the 2019 Elections because of their divisions and lack of an articulate vision to provide an alternative to President Mutharika. 

 

With the terror machine unleashed, the Courts waiting with a tough indictment and Parliament waiting to fight back, the political war seems to be graduating to proportions of a political Armageddon as MCP increasingly draws itself into a self-destruction.

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