Khumbo consulting northerners on next move

Vice President  Khumbo Kachali boycotted the submission of nomination papers by President Joyce Banda and her running mate Sosten Gwengwe to the Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) as he went up to the north consulting chiefs, religious leaders and other key people on his next move after the fall-out with Banda.

If what could be either a cruel blow to the ruling People’s Party or a huge boost to the opposition, Kachali is expected to be stepping down as PP vice president and possibly withdraw his membership.

Kachali is reported to have prepared a resignation letter but was in talks with people of the north to have their input.

He confirmed to Nyasa Times that he was consulting “the people” and also issued a brief statement on his newly created Facebook account.

Vice-President Khumbo Kachali to drop bombshell
Vice-President Khumbo Kachali to drop bombshell

“I would like to thank all Malawians for your good-will messages and especially people of Zumba South West. Let me take this opportunity to inform fellow citizens that I will be addressing the nation in due course on the way forward on my political future,” reads the statement.

Kachali with Banda formed PP in 2010 after they were expelled from DPP over succession squabbles.

He feels betrayed By President Banda who has decided to offload him as vice president in preference to Gwengwe, the Minister of Trade and Industry.

President Banda a news conference that she had an agreement with the vice president to serve together for two years only, the remainder of the late Bingu Wa Mutharika term.

A source who attended the meeting Kachali had in Zumba on Thursday said the President indeed told him that in his face when she called him to be told of the running mate choice.

He also told the people that Banda said clearly that “she cannot appoint a vice president for full five year term from the north but can only give the region a second vice president.”

Meanwhile, it is reported that Kachali  has been “blackmailed” that if he decided to quit, the State machinery will hunt him down and prosecute him in relation to the cashgate scandal.

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