JZU Tembo offers to mediate in MCP crisis: Jumbe claims ‘politics of dictatorial attributes’ is back

By | August 4, 2016

Former Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president John Tembo has put himself on offer to mediate on the continued problems rocking his former party.

Tembo:Offers to mediate

Tembo:Offers to mediate

Tembo said he is not happy with the protracted war between party president Lazarus Chakwera and some of his senior party leaders.

“There is need to be tolerance in the party, as of now the party is divided and that is not good for the MCP,” he said.

He however did not give details of his line of negotiation, albeit to say the problems in the main opposition party can easily be dealt with.

Deputy director of research in the party Felix Jumbe told a radio station on Sunday that Chakwera is “intolerant to criticism and self centred. ”

He claims that Chakwera’s personal body guards organised that  Jessie Kabwila and Jumbe should not attend a rally in Salima which the party president organised.

“ Honourable Kabwila’s supporters were beaten up so too district party officials and a former regional chaiman who was chased away,” said Jumbe.

He also told a local daily that “politics of dictatorial attributes” is quickly creeping back in MCP and that the people around the leadership are busy using “old tricks in the book to upstage innocent people like me.”

Jumbe said: “We have to be sober when analysing things. If you demonise people without proper justification and in the end they are vindicated as telling the truth it is the party that suffers because it develops divisions.

“To the leadership I say open your doors with soberness and listen to reasoning and not look at personalities as threats or whatever you call us. Kholokolo imene ikunenedwayo idzaoneka pamawa. The macro-dictatorship may be gone legally, but we now remain with it culturally in micro institutions like companies and parties. “

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Chakwera has however played down the issues, saying he is working round the clock with divine intervention, to deal with them.

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