JB’s son Roy Kachale ‘running-mate’ disagreement butchers UTM-PP alliance

Former governing People’s Party (PP) has said it has pulled out of an electoral alliance with the UTM Paerty ahead of the May 21 tripartite elections just days after the same was announced citing a breach by the latter on “a number of issues” including that of running-mate.

Roy Kachale

In a statement issued Monday, and signed by PP’s national publicist Ackson Kalaile Banda, PP says it has made the decision because UTM has failed to comply with the terms of the agreement and “the spirit of solidarity” that emerged between the two parties.

PP, Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) and the Tikonze Alliance—a grouping of a number of minority rights—entered the electoral alliance with UTM last Thursday saying it was the only way they would unseat the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

On Sunday, former President Joyce Banda and PP’s founding leader told BBC that she was not into the alliance to beg for positions saying at sixty-eight she had done enough for the country.

In the statement, PP said they have been in discussions with the UTM for five months and that it was during the discussions that Banda nominated the UTM president as torchbearer for the group.

“It was agreed at the joint discussions that the UTM president would nominate the running mate in consultation with the president of PP band that the running mate would be from PP.

“However, the People’s Party notes with regret that UTM has up until today been playing hide and seek on the matter,” reads the statement in part.

According to the statement, Banda informed the house “of the last minute stalemate” on the issue at a regional meeting held Sunday.

“This is consistent with an earlier decision of NEC to give Dr. Joyce Banda mandate to negotiate an electoral alliance with UTM or any other party sharing similar ideologies,” reads the statement.

Added the statement: “In giving  this mandate, the members maintained the position that Dr Joyce Banda should be the torchbearer in such an alliance considering her vast experience which includes being State President, State Vice President, Cabinet Minister, Member of Parliament as well as Community Development Activist.

“However, in spite of her achievements she was willing, as a selfless and servant leader to forgo the position of a torchbearer in the interest of a national alliance that would bring genuine transformation to the people of Malawi.

“Having viewed the situation and since it was the party that gave Dr Joyce Banda the mandate to negotiate, the party has decided that the latest development is unacceptable. The party therefore feels betrayed and has decided to exit the coalition.”

Meanwhile, Nyasa Times understands that the bone of contention in the matter is Banda’s wish that her son, Roy Kachale, should be named running-mate—a thing the UTM membership shot down.

Commenting on the matter, lawyer Allan Ntata, who once served as former president Bingu wa Mutharika’s legal counsel, wrote on Facebook: “ JB [Joyce Banda] must tomorrow name her son as her runningmate, if he really is running mate material, right?”

Political commentator Andrew Mpesi has since warned parties on rushing in announcing coalitions before important agreements are made.

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Nyondo
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Nde kupusako why mwana wa former president kulibe anthu ena PP can not win with that kind of thinking think mature Dr Chilima was wright to reject him that is rabish

Wopepera
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Wopepera

When Bingu wanted his younger brother to be his running mate or succeed him we all cried foul that this was becoming a DYNASTY. Similarly, the same thinking, is what Muluzi adopted in bequeathing his party to his son. Running a country that has gone deep down the drain will require various ASTUTE people and not ones like ROY KACHALE. Well done SKC for opting out this sick coalition. If the mother only got three votes from her village in 2014, I am sure Roy will get one and half votes.

Machiavelli
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Machiavelli

Is this a joke. Who is Roy Kachale in Malawi politics? Chilima doesnt even need PP to win, otherwise PP will make him lose votes. JB watha nzeru. So her coalition with UTM was aimed at giving the politically unproductive Roy Kachale platform. Praise God Chilima is not a fool who practices politics of appeasement ngati azigogowa. Akagwere uko ndikachipani kawoko

MTU cadets
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MTU cadets

Whaaaaaaaattt? Accordinh to the press and social media the name ‘Roy Kachale’ was linked to the burning of ESCOM House in Blantyre.
Koma mzimayiyu wakalambadi apume pa ndale basi
A chilimanso nanu ma coalition ndi zipani zopanda anthu zomwe. naunsotu kukhala ngati simnakule

Chifundo
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Chifundo

Foolishness. How is he even qaurified to be a vp?we know little of him but has he run a business or anything without his mommy?nwo he wants to run our country wirh no experience?naive boy. Well done skc

Oscar Pretorius Mbewe
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Oscar Pretorius Mbewe

He used to run a pub , sipanakwane?

Ida
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Ida

Koma Joice kutitenga a Malawi ngati anthu opusa eti?

Ida
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Ida

His name is Roy Kachale as his father is Mr Kachale. Why adding Banda then? Mr Banda is just his step father.

Fishmonger...choya
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Fishmonger...choya

Mai banda don’t worry just take your son as running mate simple …we will vote fore you .kkkkkkk!Your family members can do it single handily and u will win.

HIE
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HIE

Was there any alliance or a discussion to form alliance? Why inform us of dissolution of alliance when at no point you had informed us of the alliance?

What value would have Roy given to the UTM?

Ndatopa Ine
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Ndatopa Ine

Sometimes I wonder if our politicians really know what they are doing. Everyone knows for any political marriage to work issues of concern from parties involved in the coalition have to be ironed out first before any such agreement can go forward. This obviously involves immense amount of time and capable human resource …to negotiate on behalf of their parties. Now looking at how this UTM/PP/AFORD and others, has been handled one would really question the integrity of the leaders we have; are they really into politics to help the country get out of its malaise or are there just… Read more »