Jovial, pomp and cheers were the predominant moods on Thursday as former Vice President Khumbo Kachali presented his parliamentary nomination papers for Mzimba South West constituency at Edingeni Primary School in Mzimba.
Initially, the presentation of his nomination papers for the constituency he currently represents in Parliament comes barely days after Kachali endorsed Dr. Lazarus Chakwera of Malawi Congress Party (MCP) as a presidential candidate for the May 21 tripartite elections in an electoral alliance with his Freedom Party (FP).
Accompanied by his wife Martha Kachali, the Freedom Party (FP) founder and president arrived at the venue at exactly 02:45pm boarding a black Nissan Patrol V8 vehicle amid the euphoria, singing and ululation from hundreds of supporters who followed his 4-car motorcade.
In an interview after presentation of papers, Kachali said he is confident he will retain the seat considering development activities he has initiated in the constituency.
“I have represented this constituency well. We have water; we have schools, good roads and electricity in most areas. The people themselves are my witness, we just need to continue,” he said.
Asked about his recent endorsement of Chakwera, Kachali who was the Vice President of the country during former President Joyce Banda and Peoples Party (PP) 2-years rule said Malawi needs a change and that change comes with Chakwera and MCP.
“I have endorsed Dr. Chakwera for the betterment of this country because we need to change leadership and I don’t regret it.
“Yes, In 2014 I endorsed President Peter Mutharika, but Malawians can judge him if he has performed or not. But on May 21 we want him out, and he will be out,” Kachali stressed.
For him to retain his parliamentary seat on May 21, Kachali will have to battle it with three other candidates namely Charles Ziba of United Transformation Movement (UTM), Raymond Nkhata representing the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and Jonathan Beza of MCP.