DPP courting Khumbo, Uladi: University of Malawi analyst says ruling party working under pressure

Former vice-president Khumbo Kachali is reportedly being lured to  make a return to the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) with former People’s Party (PP) vice president Uladi Mussa  also on the move to DPP, Nyasa Times understands.

Kachali: Reportedly being lured to join DPP

DPP is in the process of strengthening its party luring some politicians and legislators to join its rank and file and that the party has made grounds to convince the two join the party they helped to establish.

Kachali could not pick calls on his mobile phone on Thursday, but at one point, a person who answered his mobile phone said the former Vice-President was in a meeting with some government officials.

MP for Mzimba Hora who dumped PP for DPP, Reverend Christopher Ngwira and is a close ally of Kachali,  said he had heard “a strong rumour” that Kachali was being persuaded to join the ruling party.

Ngwira, however, declined to comment.

Kachali resigned from President Joyce Banda’s governing People’s Party (PP) where he served as vice-president  with only few days to the May 20 Tripartite Elections.

Banda and Kachali were expelled from DPP in December 2010 for allegedly forming parallel party structures. However, the two were on record as having said their dismissal was because they refused to endorse the presidential candidature of current President  Peter Mutharika.

In April 2012, Banda ascended to the presidency in line with constitutional order after the death of former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika and picked Kachali as her Vice-President.

Banda left out Kachali as a running mate in 2014 elections and opted for Industry and Trade Minister Sosten Gwengwe- who rejoined Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and recently elected in by-elections as member of Parliament.

Kachali later rejoined PP and dumped it again this year.

He was reported to have formed Freedom Party but it has failed to hit the ground.

Meanwhile,  Mussa is said to have agreed with DPP top brass to rejoin it  after he was sacked as interim leader of PP  by its national executive committee (NEC) when he challenged Banda that her tenure of office expired on August 28 this year, and such being the case, there is a constitutional crisis within the party.

DPP top brass such as secretary general Jeffrey wa Jeffrey and  publicity secretary Francis Kasaila said they could not comment  about the development.

Kasaila said DPP is “welcoming many people who are interested to join” and would not be commenting on individual memberships.

Reacting to the developments, political analyst Ernest Thindwa based at the University of Malawi’s Chancellor College said the events unfolding shows DPPis working under pressure as different stakeholders are pushing for electoral reforms bill.

“I am beginning to  suspect that the issue is the Electoral Reforms Bill . Government would like to get support to shoot down the Electoral Reforms Bill. Whether it will work out or not thats a different matter altogether,” said Thindwa on Times Radio.

The Electoral Reforms Bills include an amendment of Section 80(2) of the Constitution and Section 96 (5) of the Presidential and Parliamentary Elections Act proposing 50+1 percent majority in presidential election and an amendment of Section 81 (3) of the Constitution for swearing-in of the President and Vice-President to be done after 30 days.

Two civil society organisations—Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR) and Centre for the Development of People (Cedep)—are also lobbying members of Parliament to boycott the proceeding if the bill is not tabled.

Meanwhile. the Public Affairs Committee (PAC) will on Thursday march to Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe and petition President Peter Mutharika over the missing Electoral Reforms Bills on Parliament’s agenda.

The quasi-religious grouping, which comprises the leadership of the Catholic Church, Protestants and Muslim, said it will present another petition to Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya to implore him to prioritise the Electoral Reforms Bills when they are presented in Parliament for debate.

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Mbuya
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This only happen when a person stops thinking using brain and decided to use mucus. Hon. Uladi and Kachali please don’t take Malawians for granted.. Think twice before it is late

santana
Guest
You the so called Santana, do you think MCP can come back to power in this country? Or are you obsessed with a Nsanje-Lalanje win? During the leadership of Gwanda the whole lowershire was voting for MCP, the party could not just win but scoop every vote in the area but Gwanda could not take MCP TO VICTORY. What magic will Chakwera play this time. What made him lose in 2014? If people were dumping DPP you would be saying they are dumping the sinking ship but you have nothing to say now because the opposite is happening. Khumbo and… Read more »
Dipipi wa Yudiefu
Guest

You must be a stupid illiterate person. You are talking of Gwanda wining in his home area and nowhere else. But you also realise and know that Chakwera is from Central region where he is also wining and wining in Nsanje is obviously additional votes.

Santana
Guest
Phatikizanani mbava inu. You think Malawians are so stupid as to get carried by dpp coaxing individuals like Khumbo and uladi? MCP will win even if you take all the other opposition parties to your side. These are greedy politicians. If Khumbo quit DPP because of Mr. Ibu why is he contemplating going back to the same Mr. Ibu??? With all the mediocre leadership of prince of thieves you want to betray Malawians because of your greed. Mwalemba mmadzi. Mulungu sangalore kuti ana ake akhale akulira mpaka kalekale. He’ll definitely find a way to rescue this country from this prince… Read more »
Omex70
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Khumbo Kachali and Uladi Mussa are greedy politicians who are in politics to serve their stomachs nothing else. These people are lost beyond redemption.

Youna
Guest

From VP to vagabond …… ohh a Khumbo mwaganiza uli? Is this how choose to go into an early political retirement? Mwangotsalatu dzina lokha basi.

Mkwapu
Guest

A kachali
Kunyoza wanthu.
Northerners will not forget!!

KUTCHAYA KUGWETSA
Guest

Money is involved in all this- Corruption. Chakwera was right to call someone PRINCE OF THEIVES.

Mbatata
Guest

Kodi anzanga tandiuza, AUladi, a ku join a dpp chifuwa chowachotsa ku pp? aMkachali Mesa anayamba chipani Chao chawalphera? tsopano ankatumbwa kuti Pitala ndi wankhama lero Nkhata zina zidatha? Khumbo tsopano nkhuone lathu kuti umbuli winu ukugwila nthito mwa imwe. Mwamuchitakochi ku manwuwa uko mufumako kale kusiwa. Hehehedeeee!
A uyu imwe a Mwana Chueeeee! !! Chifukwa cha mulandu wa mgalimoto ghala mbwenu mwasintha kuti wamugowokerani mukuteta mwapusikizgika waka apa pala mwajumpha apo iwo wakukhumba mbwenu mwamala Chaponda yula mukamutyewa wakwiza.
Enanu ndinu ngati mbewa zoti zilikumpani sikudziwa yemwe azikuziguila ndikudya. Kkkkkkkkllkkkkkkkiest!!

kamphandila
Guest

but forget to table the recall provision for for useless MPS as well

Mendson B.K.Phiri
Guest

Think wisely before you do ,Kachari a akhalila yomweyo.

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