The governing People’s Party (PP) has welcomed the decision by Malawi Vice President Khumbo Kachali to quit the party and re-join the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) but has lodged a protest to Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) to disqualify him as its parliamentary candidate.
Kachali filed his nominations to run for Mzimba Southwest constituency on PP ticket.
He was MP for Mzimba South-west but relinquished the seat after he ascended to the office of the vice-president.
The seat was claimed by PP’s only elected lawmaker Raymond Chatima Nkhata who won it during by-elections and is seeking to return it on an independent ticket.
After announcing joining DPP on Monday, PP informed the electoral body that it no longer has a parliamentary candidate in Mzimba Southwesr, seeking disqualification of Kachali, who had defected to DPP.
PP secretary. General Paul Maulidi said the party welcomes the decision of Kachali to join a party where he can have some relevance.
But Maulidi said PP is seeking his disqualification as a parliamentary candidate as he cannot stand on its banner yet being member of DPP.
On Kachali endorsement of DPP’s Peter Mutharika for presidency, PP said: “He has made his decision and the Malawian people will make theirs on May 20.”
PP said the decision by Kachali to recycle himself to DPP did not come as a surprise to them, saying it is for his own convenience.
, Kachali said he has joined the DPP after thorough consultation with members of his constituency which also included a scrutiny of all presidential candidates and their parties.
In 2010, former President Bingu wa Mutharika expelled Kachali from the same party together with President Joyce Banda, then Vice President for forming a parallel party structure.
Kachali recently resigned as vice president of Banda’s People’s Party (PP).Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :