JB quizzes VP Kachali, Uladi on slurs against Atupele

Reports from States House reveal that Malawi’s vice president Khumbo Kachali and Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Uladi Mussa are under pressure from President Joyce Banda over the remarks they made during their recent Mangochi rally which forced minister of economic planning and development Atupele Muluzi to resign.

Impeccable sources say President Banda has been asking the two to justify and make a public apology on the insults made at the young Muluzi.

The State House sources confided in Nyasa Times that President Banda has been angry with the two for acting contrary to the party’s policies which advocate for openness and inclusiveness.

“Relationship between the president and the vice began to sour since Atupele quit the cabinet post. But the Vice President is also riddled in so many issues, “said officials at the State House.

According to the source it has been established that the move to insult the new opposition United Democratic Front chairman and his father was pre-arranged by Mussa and Kachali before the meeting to frustrate any possibilities of the President to choose Muluzi as her running mate in 2014 polls.

“Kachali had been uncomfortable with Muluzi’s appointment as the cabinet minister. He fears the young man would likely replace him in 2014 elections. So this was a strategy to frustrate the move,” said the source.

A renowned constitutional lecturer at the Chancellor College Dr Edge Kanyongolo told a local radio that misunderstanding that arises between a president and his or her vice president just dwells on how one chooses the vice president.

“In choosing who is to be your running mate you must choose someone who is close to your thinking. To some extent somebody who shares views as principals and political outlook. That would obviously minimize the chances that you would disagree,” said Kanyongolo.

Atupele said he was “appalled and mortified” by the attacks.

He said they “lacked the courtesy, mutual respect and dignity that is expected between colleagues who strive together in pursuit of a common cause to serve the people of Malawi selflessly and to the best of one’s abilities.”

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