Four of the eight aspiring Malawi Congress Party (MCP) presidential candidates have said they have no problems with the postponement of the party’s convention, saying it will accord the party adequate time to prepare for the indaba.
However, the four candidates who The Nation managed to speak to following the party’s appeal in the newspaper for funding to enable it to hold the convention, did not commit themselves whether they are ready to contribute the money to the meeting.
“The postponement is quite in order so that adequate preparations have to be done,” said the Reverend Dr Lazarous Chakwera.
Asked whether he has been personally approached to contribute funds and if he is ready to do so, Chakwera just said those things can be discussed at a later stage.
Another aspirant newly retired Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo said as candidates and members of the party they have nothing much to say on what is agreed upon by the national executive committee of the party.
“We cannot make any reaction because it is NEC, which announced about the convention,” he said.
Munlo could also not say if he has made any commitment to assist the party as it raises funds for the meeting, which the party said would cost almost K35 million (about $84 000).
Jodder Kanjere, another aspirant for the position of president, said although he has no problems with the postponement, he felt that people were emphasising more on wrong reasons rather than the real reasons behind the cancellation.
As of Tuesday MCP administrative secretary Potiphar Chidaya and director of the convention Joseph Njobvuyalema could not be reached to comment on what further decisions have been made on the convention.