MCP President, Lazarus Chakwera, might have left the church for politics but the skeletons in his closet are haunting him following revelations that a group of Malawi Assemblies of God (MAOG) pastors in the Southern Region are planning to march to the party headquarters to force him pay back money amounting to K80 million which he embezzled during his reign as church President.
The current MAOG President, Rev Lwesya, has for the past weeks been holding talks with the disgruntled pastors in Lilongwe trying to restrain them from holding the proposed vigil.
Lwesya, who has been personal friends with Chakwera for several decades, is doing all he can to shield a long-time friend whose transition to politics was coated in the utopia that he is clean.
Sources among the pastors’ group say the K80 million that Chakwera abused was meant for construction of a church in Nkolokosa and Mulanje on top of other church operations. The two projects have since stalled in the absence of funds.
Knowing that the protest will expose their leader’s weaknesses, MCP diehards are busy invading MAOG headquarters twice or thrice every day trying to intimidate the pastors who have been lodging at the hostels within the campus for weeks.
Chakwera continues to face problems from all fronts. He is also fighting for his political survival as MCP leader after district chairpersons from across the country.
The party leaders lodged a case in courts demanding that Chakwera convenes an emergency convention where he should relinquish his powers as leader for a more accommodating candidate who can revive the party towards 2019.