Mkaka goes into damage control for MCP over ‘Second Liberation of Malawi Nation’ pressure group

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Mr Mkaka- Attempts damage control

LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) –Malawi Congress Party (MCP) secretary general  Mr Eisenhower Mkaka has gone into damage control mode, amid  support of party national executive committee (NEC) members to one of its members, Mr Alex Major, who is championing a pressure group  ‘Second Liberation of Malawi Nation’.

The grouping is challenging MCP leadership to make some changes in how it is governing the country, including firing some officials at State House.

Major, who is former Kasungu West legislator, said MCP leadership seems to have delinked itself from the membership, “a development that apparently has left some party loyalists demoralised”.

He was however locked up at Lingadzi Police Station Friday morning before being released in the evening without being charged.

Major was arrested because some of the officials at State House, who were mentioned in the statement he issued  challenging the party leadership, asked for police for a “detention without trial” to the pressure group leader.

Some of the people mentioned in the Major’s letter are Secretary to President and Cabinet (SPC) Mr Duvelious Zanga-Zanga Chikhosi; State House chief of staff Mr Prince Kampondamgaga; chief adviser on public policy Dr Samson Lembani; financial director Mr Gideon Kalumbu and the President’s executive assistant Mr Sean Kampondeni,

But Mkaka  denied that Major’s arrest was politically motivated.

He requested all Malawians to differentiate between the party and government , saying those issues to do with the party must be addressed to the party and by the party, with those concerning the government going to the government but through appropriate channels.

The Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (Cdedi) has however called on President Chakwera to exonerate himself from allegations levelled against him by the Second Liberation of the Malawi Nation.

In a statement, Cdedi urges Chakwera to exonerate himself from the assertions.

Major -publicity secretary of concerned members of MCP known as ‘Second Liberation of Malawi Nation’.

“We commend the MCP grouping for their courage by holding the bull by its horns, and we further encourage all well-meaning Malawians to join this noble task of getting the Tonse Alliance administration back on track, before the goodwill that Malawians have for the new administration wanes off,” reads part of the statement signed by the organisation’s interim leader Mr Sylvester Namiwa.

However, Mkaka challenged Malawians to judge President Dr Lazarus Chakwera  and his administration after its term of five  years.

Mkaka, who is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs,  said the government is geared to fulfil its promises at the full circle of its term by 2025.

He said  judging President Chakwera and his government just in eight months is “unfair.”

On the issue of K6.2 billion Covid-19 response funds, believed to have been misappropriated, Mkaka said what  Chakwera gave to Malawians was “a budgetary report and not an expenditure report “ thereby clearing misconceptions some Malawians have had on the figures outlined by the President.

He further said anyone who had a hand on the misappropriation of the funds will surely face the law as Chakwera said before.

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