Youths belonging to the country’s oldest political party, the Malawi Congress Party (MCP), have called for a complete overhaul of the party if it is still to remain relevant in the Malawi’s modern politics.
The young politicians, speaking to The Nation in the capital, Lilongwe at the weekend, have warned that the party’s forthcoming convention, which was postponed last week, will be ‘a make or break’ point in the country’s political history.
“We are asking both the old and the new members to join hands and rebrand the party, and this convention is the only chance to make or break our party,” said Chancy Mtambo, who is aspiring for the position of deputy publicity secretary at the weekend’s convention.
He lamented that over the past years, the party has been associated with political atrocities, a mindset, he said needs to be changed among Malawians.
Mtambo also asked the party’s leaders to ensure safeguarding MCP’s four cornerstones of unity, loyalty, discipline and obedience which he said are still relevant to the present political dispensation.
In a separate interview, another MCP youth Nekhantani Kalimwendo, who is also aspiring to contest for the position of director of youth also called for the complete change in the image of the party, which he said has proven, to regain its lost glory in recent times.
“For several years, our party has been synonymous to old people, but it is high time both the old and young people worked together are strengthen all the pillars of the party and it is my wish that once voted into power, I will make sure that the youths in the party are empowered through the impartment of various skills apart from academic skills,” he said.