Mzimba South West MP Khumbo Kachali has been sworn in as Malawi Vice President at a ceremony held at the mini-stadium of Mtunthama Residence in Area 3.
Kachali was hired by President Joyce Banda on Wednesday to serve as the country’ second in command. Her Excellency Banda took over the presidency following the death of Bingu wa Mutharika on April 5.
The new vice president took oath administered by Chief Justice Lovemore Munlo before before thousands of people.
The President and the First gentleman attended the ceremony and were cheered by loyalists, including the prostituting political opportunists who have defected from the former ruling DPP to Banda’s People’s Party.
The Vice President pledged to “serve the President, government and people of Malawi with total dedication, zeal, and loyalty in accordance with constitution of Malawi.”
“I pledge to serve you, your Excellency Madam Joyce Banda and your
government to ensure that lives of the people in this country
improve,” said the VP amid cheers from the people.
Kachale commended the President for not being impartial when distributing positions in the new administration.
“I commend President Banda for not being impartial in distributing positions, she is not looking at ethnicity, race or gender,” the Veep.
He added “our country is at critical stage,we need dedication,unity and participation from everyone to ensure that our
Kachali described his appointment as “the greatest act of Go.” saying he never “dreamt about it,”
In December 2010, Kachali, alongside Banda, was expelled from Mutharika’s then ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) where he served as second vice-president. Banda was DPP first vice-president.
The two were expelled for opposing the plan to have Mutharika succeeded by his brother Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister Professor Peter Mutharika like a dynasty.
Early last year, Banda formed the People’s Party (PP) and she is the party’s president, with Kachali as her deputy and the two have met hostility and ridicule from DPP functionaries who took turns on State media and public rallies in showering words of disparagement on them.
Kachali, who holds a diploma in project management from the University of Cambridge and a master’s of science degree in strategic management (2011) from the University of Derby of the United Kingdom through the Malawi Institute of Management, now will relinquish his parliamentary seat and there will be a by-election in Mzimba South West MP.
He first won the seat in May 2004 on a United Democratic Front (UDF) ticket when he served as UDF treasurer-general from 2002 to 2004.
In 2005, Mutharika, after ditching UDF to form DPP, appointed Kachali as the new party’s second vice-president.
He has a worthy of experience in government having served various ministerial positions including as Minister of Industry (2004-2006), Deputy Minister for Home Affairs and Internal Security (2006-2007) and Minister of Youth Development and Sports (2007-2008).
From 2008 to 2009, he served as Minister of Health before his appointment as Minister of Transport and Public Infrastructure at the start of the late Mutharika’s second term of office in June 2009.
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