Former vice-president Khumbo Kachali and Karonga central independent lawmaker Frank Mwenefumbo were humiliated on Friday when government protocol officers told them they had no seats at Mzuzu University where President Peter Mutharika was conferring degrees on graduates.
Kachali when he arrived at the university wanted to seat at the VIP but protocol officers told him there was no seat for him.
He returned to his car to leave the place and protocol officers asked Minister of Lands Henry Mussa if they could allocate him a seat as he was leaving the venue but Mussa snapped: “Let him go.”
However, Kachali was seen returning after being on phone briefly in his car, as protocol officers were now instructed – believed to be orders from Mutharika – to allocate him a seat.
The development comes hot on the heels of accusations by Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) executive director John Kapito to Kachali, describing him as a fortune-seeker who is looking for favours from the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
“Kachali is simply looking for sympathy and favours from the current administration,” said Kapito and further describing Kachali as an “accident vice-president.”
Kachali has trashed Kapito’s accusations as misguided.
During the Mzuzu graduation ceremony, Mwenefumbo also faced similar predicament like Kachali when he was told he had no reserved seat.
Mutharika is making his first tour of the ‘North Malawi’ amid contentious calls for the region to become a standalone State or country.
People’s Party (PP) provincial governor, the Reverend Mzomera Ngwira raised the debate when he said the North, actually, needs to secede because apart from leaving the country fractured on regional lines, the first-past-the-post electoral system hardly favours the region to produce a president.