People’s Party (PP) has appointed Harry Mkandawire as the new vice president (northern region) replacing Khumbo Kachali who has rejoined Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
PP secretary general Paul Maulidi said Mkandawire who was the party’s treasure general has been replace on his position by Ephraim Mganda Chiume, the Foreign Affairs Minister.
“Hon Harry is now the vice president. He will effectively take the position and keep the PP momentum in the northern region,” said Maulidi.
Mkandawire dumped DPP when he was arrested on political motivated charges after criticising late President Bingu wa Mutharika for promoting tribalism by championing a controversial university quota system.
He was DPP director of political affairs and governor of Northern province but at the height of DPP’s autocrcay, he wrote a critical open letter questioning Mutharika’s endorsement of the quota system in which students were selected for university on the basis of district or region rather than merit.
Mkandawire also raised concerns about undermining the rule of law as a result of Wa Mutharika’s backing of the system, despite a Malawi High Court order outlawing it.
He was arrested for alleged sedition.
The quota system was introduced by the late despotic ruler Hastings Kamuzu Banda in 1988, on the grounds that students from northern provinces were entering institutions of higher learning in greater numbers than their compatriots from southern provinces. But the system was abolished in 1993 following a court challenge.