By Durell Namasani
The Malawi Congress Party Diaspora Network South African chapter recently held their first annual conference where among other things they have resolved to push for increased working relationship with their counterparts in Malawi . The two day event which started on Tuesday took place at Kaia Manzi conference city in , Bronkospruit, Gauteng.
Among the items that the MCP Diaspora members discussed were how best the diaspora members can work with the party in Malawi as well how the Malawians in South African can harness their relationship with the Malawi embassy and consulate in the country . The MCP RSA director Dr Issac Mantjie Nkhata said the group decided to hold this annual conference as one way to have the members network , properly know each and discuss various key issues that affect them as a group but also the many Malawians that are in RSA.
Also in attendance at the event was MCP Director of international Relations Dr Thomas Bisika who flew all the way from Malawi to be part of the event . Dr Bisika told the gathering that he was excited to see many Malawians in diaspora passionate about their party MCP. He said , the party appreciates the role the diaspora play, not only politically but in other disciplines such as economically and that’s why it was the party’s wish while it is in government to explore how best the diaspora can continue to be of benefit to Malawi.
On the opening day, the wings Deputy Director Runfold Kambaika took time to welcome the invited special guest Dr Bisika as well asking the participants to introduce themselves. The event was attended by members coming from various parts of South Africa Including Cape Town and Johannesburg.
MCP RSA Wing is affiliated to the MCP Diaspora Network (MCPDN ) the global umbrella for all MCP Diaspora groups. The global deputy leader of the group George Limbani Phiri , speaking to Malawiana Times thanked the MCP members in South Africa for holding its annual conference . Phiri said RSA Wing has set the bar high and the groiup is hopeful that other regional groups will also follow suit. The MCPDN global leader Chalo Mvula also spoke on the opening day of the event . In a recorded message from his UK base he highlighted that the MCP diaspora finds themselves in a new territory as part of the ruling party after being in opposition for over two decades. He however, said the diaspora will continue to provide support to the party in Malawi in terms of skills, policy advise and resource mobilisation.
The group aims to continue holding the annual conferences every year.
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