Malawi’s Vice-President Khumbo Kachali has said he was still a People’s Party (PP) member amid reports that he is politically flirting with Malawi Congress Party (MCP) which has said the VP is welcome to join it.
Kachale who arranged interviews with Malawi’s two dailies, said he was meanwhile preoccupied in campaigning for his parliamentary seat in Mzimba South-West Constituency after President Joyce Banda snubbed him for a running mate positions.
He reiterated that he accepted Banda’s decision to opt for youthful Minister of Trade Sosten Gwengwe as her running mate and pledged support to the PP presidential ticket.
However, the VP said he cannot be with President Banda to other parts of the country campaigning as he wants to be close to his people and address a number of issues in his constituency.
“Why should I be campaigning for others when I am also a candidate? We are in campaign time. I cannot leave campaigning here to attend rallies. Do you know where I am at the moment? I am in the constituency campaigning,” Kachale said as quoted by the press.
He maintained that President Banda showed a “vote of no confidence” to him when he opted for Gwengwe as vice presidential nominee.
Kachali downplayed “rumours” linking him to MCP, saying he opted not to react to them.
“I don’t care about that. People will say whatever they want to say. It is a price I have to pay for being the vice-president. The truth will set me free one day,” said Kachali.
But MCP spokesperson Jessie Kabwila told The Nation that Kachali is welcome any time he wants to join MCP.