The popularity of People’s Party of Vice President Joyce Banda has set has set alarm bells ringing in President Bingu wa Mutharika and he is running scared, former minister Khumbo Kachali said.
Kachali speaking in Mzuzu on Saturday at the launch of PP in the north was referring to panick stricken Mutharika who is demanding an interpretation of Section 84 of the country’s Constitution to allow him replace Vice-President Banda.
The President reckons Banda should be deemed to have ‘constructively’ resigned from government following her forming own political party and not attending Cabinet meetings.
Kachali, who is a lawmaker, said it was unheard of anywhere in the world for President to drag her vice to court.
“It only shows how powerful Banda is and the President is afraid of her,” Kachali said attracting a shout from the crowd “Bingu is a terrified old man!”
Speaking on Capital Radio Straight Talk programme, MP Anita Kalinde, who was fired in Mutharika’s party and joined Banda’s PP, said government was all out to fight the vice president.
She however said any move against her is making People’s Party and her name more popular amongst Malawians.
“If somebody is trying to intimidate someone he just makes them popular,” Kalinde said.
In his Mzuzu rally remarks, Kachali further described Bingu’s new cabinet as composed of cowards who only came to Malawi after others had fought for freedom.
“Where was Mutharika, his brother Peter, Peter Mwanza, Cornelius Mwalwanda and Goodall Gondwe in 1992?” Kachali queried.