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Malawi Congress Party

Malawi Congress Party

The Malawi Congress Party (MCP) is one of the major political parties in Malawi. It was formed as a successor party to the banned Nyasaland African Congress (NAC) in 1959 when the country, then known as Nyasaland, was under British rule. It was officially registered on September 30, 1959. The party was founded by such freedom fighters as Aleke Banda, Orton Chirwa, John Chilembwe, Henry Chipembere, Kamuzu Banda among others. MCP, under Dr. Hastings Kamuzu Banda, led Malawi to independence in 1964, and from 1966 to 1994 was the only legal and ruling party in the country. It has however, continued to be a major force in the country since losing power in 1994 and currently, MCP is the largest opposition party represented in the Malawi National Assembly under the leadership of Dr. Lazarous Chakwera, who is also Leader of Opposition in the August House.

MCP’S Vision

To steer Malawi into prosperity and create a credible and stabilized environment which will bring growth and development.

MCP’S Mission

To be an agent of transformation that serves Malawians in social, economic and political aspects.

Abbreviation: MCP
Year Founded: 1959
Leader: Dr Lazarus Chakwera
Secretary General: Gustav Kaliwo
Headquarters: Lilongwe
Youth Wing: Malawi Young Pioneers (disbanded)
Ideology: Ubuntu Conservatism
Political Position: Centre-Right
Colours: Black, Red and Gree
National Assembly 48
Parliament Representation: 25%
African Affiliation: N/A
Election Symbol: Cockeral