Kabambe for politics of service to common good: Ex Reserve Bank of Malawi governor joins DPP  as party moves to replace Mutharika

The former Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) governor Dalitso Kabambe has joined mainstream politics  by  registering his membership with erstwhile ruing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and is being touted to run for the party’s president at the yet to be announced elective convention.

DK2025: Dalitso Kabambe being touted for DPP leadership

Kabambe, a holder of  Doctor of Philosophy (PhD ) in economics, a technocrat who has served in public sector for 23 years in different roles including as Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs,  announced his entry to frontline politics  at DPP Southern Region headquarters in Sunnyside, Blantyre on Thursday, December 31 2020.

Cutting his teeth to political oratory, Kabambe  said he was making a first move to “register  as DPP member and work with politicians in offering roadmap to politics  of service  to the common good rather than as a power grab.”

He refused to be drawn on contesting for leadership of the party, saying he was making political baby steps as new entrant.

Kabambe said  he would offer his input to coming up with  economic policies that help the poor people.

“After being removed as Reserve Bank governor [by the Tonse Alliance administration],I decided to find people to work with because I am not garbage, hence, my joining DPP,” said Kabambe speaking fluently in local lingua Chichewa.

In his speech,  that marked by sharp oratory laced with humour, Kabambe said he could have decided to go into private sector to work but wants to help DPP rebuild and could serve the nation from frontline politics.

“ I still have a lot to offer the nation and I could do it from the political front,” Kabambe said as hundreds of DPP supporters  heard his speech in rapt attention.

On running for presidency, Kabambe  said it was “too early to comment on the matter” as 2025, when the next election would be held in the country, was four years away.

But he stressed that  “it is important for DPP to re-organise.”

Some DPP youths were seen wearing T-shirts with Kabambe’s portrait emblazoned on the chest and a caption ‘DK2025’  apparently standing for Daliso Kabambe 2025.

DPP regional governor for the south, Charles Mchacha said the coming in of Kabambe will make the presidential contest more competitive to fill the leadership shoes of the country’s immediate-past president Peter Mutharika.

Party sources have  mentioned  DPP vice-president (Southern Region) Kondwani Nankhumwa,  DPP vice-president (Eastern Region) Bright Msaka,  former ministers Joseph Mwanamvekha and  George Chaponda as the other aspirants.

Mchacha said  Mutharika resolved that people were free to express interest to contest at a convention whose date would be announced.

Nankhumwa, who has long been touted as one of the frontrunners to succeed Mutharika and is currently Leader of Opposition in Parliament, could not immediately comment and was not available to welcome Kabambe.

On the other hand, Msaka, who is chairing DPP’s Functional Review Committee, could not be reached for comment.

DPP lost in the June 23 2020 Fresh Presidential Election to the nine-party Tonse Alliance led by MCP president Lazarus Chakwera who partnered Mutharika’s then estranged Vice-President Saulos Chilima of UTM Party on the presidential ticket.

Peter Mutharika took over the leadership of DPP after the death of his brother, Bingu wa Mutharika in April 2012, propelling the party to victory in the 2014 Tripartite Elections.

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Namatetule
Namatetule
6 months ago

K27.0 million or akuti K24.0 million pakutha pa mwezi uli onse is just one of the many ugly heads of the impunity under the former regime, APM nakhala ankolo (uncle) ake. Akuti the salary was set by the Board, and when you ask who was the Chairperson of the Board, yankho nkumva kuti iye yemwe…really, ndani mu board’mo akanatsutsana naye? Even then, why did he not say hang on, K24 million per month is way too much malinga ndi economy yathu? Lero anene kuti afuna adzayendetse dziko with that lack of understanding and empathy for the situation of the poor… Read more »

Tizgowerengewaka Mughogho
Tizgowerengewaka Mughogho
6 months ago

Malawi easily forget. We had Dr Bingu wa Muntharika where did he take Malawi to. By grace of God he died. During the time of his death there were no fuel, no sugar, all government contracts, from supplying of food stuffs, transportation to the sweeping of toilets were given to muli brothers. And yet Bingu had a doctorate degree in economics. Today you bring this one a replica of Bingu how do you believe he is going to change things to the better.

The Thinker
The Thinker
7 months ago

2025,Kabambe vs Chilima, both Economists. I will enjoy this game truly. It will be the best election ever

BigMan
BigMan
7 months ago

He is not sophisticated enough and has zero charisma. His ethics are also highly questionable. Not fit for the presidency.

Malandia
Malandia
7 months ago

When is Zodiak going to upload the online link for the interview with Kabambe …

Euthini Boy
7 months ago

Fellow Malawians, Have you seen the video clip where a nyau person is hacking a person with a panga knife in a graveyard or kudabwe thereby cutting him by the neck and later cutting his hands as if he is cutting pork? Why are we tolerating these barbaric actions by nyau people in the name of ‘chewa culture’? Chonde amabungwe plus government please do something about it. Munthu kuchita kugagada ngati nkhumba? I expect Chakwera, himself being a terrible nyau person to say something about the video clip. The video clip is all over so government must not pretend to… Read more »

Kay
Kay
7 months ago
Reply to  Euthini Boy

Yes I saw it. Extremely disturbing. Very very sad.

Busy
Busy
7 months ago
Reply to  Euthini Boy

Well said, I so much agree with you and we all know reporting channels for such issues are already in place but classifying all Chewa people as ignorant and haters is so so cold and uncool. Brotherman, let no tribalism put some people on the wrong. Not all Tumbukaz or Lomwez or Yaoz are imperfect percet. Not all Jews are good. Remember we all same in the eyes of God.

genevivi
genevivi
7 months ago
Reply to  Euthini Boy

Dr kabambe wabweretsaso nyau which was hacking person kapena kungofuna kusokoneza nkhani
???

Mpakateni
7 months ago
Reply to  genevivi

Inenso ndikudabwa nazo pomwe nkhani ndi Kabambwe kuti walowa ndale, koma ndemanga zikukamba za nyau. Bwanji ya nyau ikhale ya tsiku lina, pano tikambe za Kabambe kulowa mu DPP. Tonse simunaymbe kumupira m’mwamba koma. Tikuonani tikamayandikira 2025 ngati Tonse idzakhale m’mene ilirimu. Odyera onse a ku Chigawo chapakati. odyera onse a mabanaj, odyera onse azilongo ndi acimwene, odyera onse alamu. Tidzakuonani idyani komaliza, ndipo mudaidziwa Malawi ngati m’mene adziwira pano Mutharika ndi onse ach Lhomwe. Dzikoli ndi la tonse, diye tilidyerere tonse, koma Chakwera ndi m’nzke Saulosi akutiderera.

Nalingula
Nalingula
7 months ago
Reply to  Euthini Boy

The Police has already said something about it Mr Stupid …Ntchito kuziwa kuba basi ….ndi Tsankho .The Chewa and Yao are not so Tribalistic that’s why they welcomed other tribes who came later ,others as refugees after being chased by the Portuguese because of Umbava…

Red Flagger
Red Flagger
6 months ago
Reply to  Nalingula

What did the police say my bro? I am also very interested to know if culprits were apprehended or are being hunted…

Popote changono
Popote changono
7 months ago

Dpp is a party of intellectuals, little wonder they still attract professionals. Dalitso has all the qualities of leading a failed nation like Malawi. I hope he wins the party leadership and then defeats rev Dr siku talk talk.

Mbava
Mbava
7 months ago

He has a lot of explanation to do to Malawians, 24million/month ayifotokoze kaye, he is another mbava who will fit perfectly with the DPP gurus

Noxy
7 months ago
Reply to  Mbava

No need to explain he deserved the pay he is a genius you just hate Lhomwes because they are on top of everything.Muchira

Mpakateni
7 months ago
Reply to  Mbava

Kabambwe is not Mbava. Mbava is the one who employed him. Where in the World does an employee pay himself? When he was being paid all this money did the employer not know. If they did, why not query if they felt the pay was not correct. Was Kabambe preparing cheques himself or was in the accounts preparing his salary himself. You are making a dead argument. Kulikonse mungapite simungawine. Reserve Bank Governor reports directly to the President. In this case he was reporting to Mutharika. If anything Mutharika should be questioned why Kabambe was getting this much and not… Read more »

SEAN FISHER
SEAN FISHER
7 months ago

HOW CAN SOMEONE WHO PAYS HIMSELF 25,000 DOLLARS A MONTH BE EXPECTED TO BE ‘FOR THE PEOPLE’?
THIS IS NYAU THINKING.
HE IS A GREEDY POLITICIAN, THATS ALL.
I PREFER MPINGANJIRA, THE BANKER [NOT THE CHANCER] FOR DPP LEADER

Zilanyondo
7 months ago

Wekha sukuona kuti gorverment was full of dpp die hards, tikukhonza dziko

mtete
mtete
7 months ago

As usual APM continues making political blunders. The truth of the matter is that Kabambe was planted in RB to siphon money for APM. How do you explain a salary of K24m a month on top of obscene allowances he was receiving? Who approved that kind of taxpayers plunder? Good thing is that a forensic audit at RB has been approved. This will throw some light on what was happening at the central bank and one can only hope Kabambe won’t be implicated otherwise that will be his political last breath. On a separate note, Kabambe would be no match… Read more »

goodson
goodson
7 months ago
Reply to  mtete

Nsanje is an illness. Call a shrink

Mpakateni
7 months ago
Reply to  mtete

Politically yes, Nkhumwa is far better. Why? Nankhumwa has experience in politics, but this does not meet there should be no new comers into the fore. At international stage, Nakhumwa is completely nothingm he can’t match Kabambe. Mind you here we are talking about a Presidential material. Is Nankhumwa a Presidential material? Does Malawi need another ejukweshoni? We don’t want a replica of Bakili Muluzi, it happened once and no more. Kabmabe can reason for Malawians and can speak with confidence at an international stage. Being an economist, not a preacher, he cvan save Malawi from sliding into poverty. He… Read more »

Mdala
Mdala
7 months ago
Reply to  mtete

He chaired the Board that is supposed to recruit him..hmm serious governance mistake, so he is not to blame but the law he was operating under had serious anomaly

Francis Kacha,i
7 months ago

Most politicians have always said that but never walking to talk….waiting to see your side DK

Stupid
Stupid
7 months ago

Oh great! May be he can explain to us on the campaign trail how he justified receiving 24 million / month salary when millions of Malawians were going to bed hungry

Jongwe, Kokoliliko
Jongwe, Kokoliliko
7 months ago
Reply to  Stupid

He made a profit of K50 Billion for the Central Bank in a year. Which of all those Governors have ever made such a performance. This is the reason his salary based on his performance was adjusted accordingly. Otherwise, even ma Bank wonse kuwaphatikiza, their profits couldn’t even reach that target in a year. In terms of performance he is a star, no doubt about it. He earned it. This is the kind of person who needs to take over the reigns of power at the highest level. He is also a good people manager. Zoponderezani ayi.

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