Malawi‘s Chilumpha says not bitter for cabinet axe: Remains PP veep

Malawi’s ex-vice president, Cassim Chilumpha, who recently got fired as Minister of Energy and Mining, says he is not bitter with President Joyce Banda’s decision to drop him from her cabinet.

No reasons were given for Chilumpha’s sacking but speculations were rife that he failed to explain the embarrassing resurrection of fuel queues after the President had declared it gone and he never submitted any report.

State House source claimed Chilumpha failed to explain the embarrassing resurrection of fuel queues after the President had declared it gone and he never submitted any report.

But Chilumpha, who remains ruling  People’s Party (PP) vice president addressed rally in Lilongwe’s Kumachenga constituency where he said he was “not bitter” about his firing in a December 6 2012 Cabinet reshuffle that also saw former Tourism and Culture minister Daniel Liwimbi being left out

Chilumpha and President Banda: No bad blood

“I am not bitter,” said Chilumpha who asked people in the area to support President Banda and PP’s 2014 aspiring parliamentary candidate for the constituency, Olive Mawindo.

He also said his relations with the Head of State were cordial.

“As far as I am concerned, there is no problem between the President and me,”he said.

“I don’t know really what is supposed to have gone wrong. In fact, this is not the first time for me to be in and out of cabinet. I have been in and out several times,” said Chilumpha.

Chilumpha was shown the door for the third time as a cabinet minister, making him the most sacked minister within the short years Malawi has been a democracy.

He was vice president during the first term of late president  Bingu wa Mutharika who not only stripped him of all cabinet portfolios and later attempted a “constructive resignation” for not attending cabinet meetings.

Some PP insiders also claim  he has ambitions for the PP top leadership position and is having his network within the party who included lawmakers Yusuf Mtaumula anf Alfred Mwechumu.

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