Joyce Banda left us in suspense – PP’s Mzomera

People’s Party (PP) provincial governor for the north Rev Christsopher Mzomera Ngwira is sticking to his guns that former State and party vice-president Khumbo Kachali is the party’s interim leader , saying the party is lacking leadership in the absence of party president Joyce Banda who is currently abroad.

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Ngwira: PP lost the plot

Banda has been outside Malawi for close to a year now since she left State House after the May 2014 elections.

Mzomera has justified his declarations to make Kachali the interim leader of PP.

“When Joyce Banda went away she left us in suspense; we didn’t know which direction to take as a party,” said Mzomera in an interview published by Weekend Nation.

He said PP were told that Banda had gone to attend a few functions on her departure from Malawi and they didn’t expect her to stay away for so long.

“Now, the type of leadership she left behind was a bit tricky in the sense that all the regional vice-presidents were at par in terms of power and authority. This caused some kind of a power struggle such that we were even failing to hold rallies. It proved too difficult for one vice-president to conduct a rally in another region. Meanwhile, I saw that the only missing link was Kachali because he has all the attributes of a leader,” said Mzomera.

He said Kachali is strategic to “ably take over the mantle of leadership because he and Banda started this party together.”

Mzomera touts Kachali as person to strengthen and revamp PP.

“ We want to bring back sanity to the PP so that when Banda returns she should find a strong party because as it is, she can’t even dare to come to Malawi with the party in tatters,” said Mzomera.

He claimed PP recently convened an National Governing Council meeting in Lilongwe they discussed the issue of an interim leader to run the party, saying the discussions were “unsuccessful” as they could not agree.

PP secretary general Ibrahim Matola said Kachali has been welcomed back as a vice president not as a replacement to Joyce Banda.

Kachali himself has also said he is not the leader as Banda remains PP president.

The former vice president endorsed President Peter Mutharika during the 2014 general elections when Banda dumped him for Sosten Gwengwe – who has also resigned from PP to rejoin Malawi Congress Party.

According to Mzomera, the support Kachali gave to Mutharika was “out of anger and frustration” following his being left out as presidential running-mate.

He said by leaving out Kachali, PP “ lost the plot”.

Mzomera said he went to meet Banda abroad and told her in the face that the only way to revive PP is “to bring back Kachali and Sidik Mia”, saying the two are “ pillars of the party”.

Mia has said he is currently farming and out of front line politics.

Asked if the PP constitution give provincial governors the mandate to announce or unveil a party leader, Mzomera said: “I am a leader of the people. If someone can appoint party leaders from outside the country by remote control, what do you expect from someone like me who lives with the people? My ears are always on the ground and I listen to what they say and I believe what I did is in their best interests.”

Mzomera also dismissed assertions that he is a confusionist.

“ Let those who claim that I am sowing seeds of confusion tell me the exact date Banda will return. I can’t be bought by anyone because I eat my own money. The problem in most parties is that leaders don’t like telling their people the truth when things go wrong.

“ Let Banda tell us when she is coming because we can’t allow her to run PP with a remote control while seated on a chair somewhere. I don’t have any personal grudges with her, but it’s her style of leadership that I am uncomfortable with,” he said.

According to PP secretary general, the party’s constitution stipulates that the president shall hold office for a period of five years.

Joyce Banda’s mandate runs up to 2017 when her position shall be up for grabs, Matola explained.

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Joyce Hildah Banda
Joyce Hildah Banda
6 years ago

Which University Muzomera went to apart from Katoto Sec. School? Why Malawi political parties are led by semi-literate people.

Imraan Sadick
6 years ago

Malawi needs Atupele

jazila chigwenembe-Balaka

the move iS just ok.but kachali isn’t a good option.By the way gentlemen,where is this ABITI MAKIYI? why is she exiling herself? Did she go together with her husband? I certainly saw her last night with Jacob zuma in soweto.

choka phiri
6 years ago

Malawi really does not need DDP or PP. What Malawi need is new clean fresh party in order to survive. Malawian wake up and see that Malawi is backwards despite two edicated brothers. When are u going to wake? I dont know what kind of people u are. a Zambia married to Malawian, I feel reslly pity for my wife. She loves her nation and wish Malawi was like Zambia. Your leaders are just thieves. Why giving a beautiful nation to brothers wo has no desire and dream. APM did not hide that when he wins he will continue… Read more »

Sandiwelo Kaliyati
Sandiwelo Kaliyati
6 years ago

Chenji Golo ndiye mwiniwache. Apo bii, chipani chatha. Abiti ali mliyenda kudya ma hamburger.

Boven banda
Boven banda
6 years ago

Khumbo is the right replacement if there is need for someone to run PP

6 years ago

For a sake of a party Mzomera couldn’t make a decisions without consulting other members in such party. It is exactly mean Mzomera want his Kachali as tribemate to be the leader. He thinks he could a president through such scrupulous way. The PP party is dormant how can somebody struggling for leadership. Beside Joyce Banda doesn’t want to be ruled by cashgaters like Muthalika. As a matter fact Kachali is childish can’t lead anything even his own family, in short he is weak. Atumbuka mwangokhala adzeru koma sumuzatilamula kumalawi kuno. Ndipo dzeru zake zomachezera kuwerenga osati being genius. Zomwezi… Read more »

6 years ago

Who would be a better leader between Mussa change golo and Kachali? Abiti mai Bandanso naonso nzeru ndizoperewera, chipani chatha ichi.

not myname
6 years ago

Maiwa kukhala kunja kwa nthawi yaitali sikuti chipani chatha ai chilipo ndipo maudindo ena alipo amene angathe kuyang’na zochitika m chipani.Ma Provincial Chair mbali yawo ndikuyang’nira madera kulimbikitsa grassroot level pamene pamakhala anthu ambiri kuposa kuntunda. A Ngwira dandaulo lanu ndi lomveka koma mukadanena mawu owuunikila anthu kuti maganizo anu akuti bwana awa ndi amene akadayenela kutiyembekezela pa udindo otiwu.Kusiyana ndikugamula pa inu nokha padera kuyiwala akulu anu kusokoneza kumeneko, kodi District Govern,angalengeze udindo Wa Region asanatumidwe?Polankhula muziyang’ana kutengela udindo omwe muli.Kodi mutapatsidwa umembala wa ku NEC ndiye mutha kuchita zinthu kuposa waudindo ku NECko.Pepesani kwa anzanu kuti muoneke anzeru… Read more »

Christian life
Christian life
6 years ago

Kodi muzisankha matofotofo okha okha you are not taking a lesson that people counted in tones are no better than those counted in numbers like Prof Ken Msonda. If you PP folks had Three or four Msondas you could have a strong party but alas! The trush is more than the seed to count, the best is just to stop counting or else you be all dust. Mama was all abroad when she was state president and now she has not obliged to return. Let her enjoy pock sausages she always admired when you kept pocking your fingers on her… Read more »

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