The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is monitoring how aspirants are financing campaigns ahead of the big meet.
In an interview on Thursday, MCP administrative secretary Potiphar Chidaya said the party has been getting reports that some of the aspirants are begging money to hold their campaign meetings, insisting they only want candidates with “sound financial standing” and not beggars.
“Currently, we are monitoring aspiring candidates. MCP has structures in all the districts and it is not difficult for us to get that information. We are getting reports on wherever the aspirants are getting loans sto pay for their campaign costs,” said Chidaya.
He added that the party is worried that some aspirants are failing to reimburse transport costs or provide food to MCP members they invite to their campaign meetings in districts.
Asked whether the party was not risking detaching itself from the grass roots by leaving out “highly committed” members because they have inadequate resources, Chidaya insisted all they want is to have people with capacity to financially support the party’s structures.
But Chancellor College political analyst Joseph Chunga said MCP should have asked the aspirants to contribute towards the convention and campaign.
Some of the aspirants include retired Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo, former Malawi Assemblies of God president president the Reverend Lazarus Chakwera and former Farmers Union of Malawi (FUM) president Felix Jumbe.