Kyungu censure Kachali: Analysts say Malawi VP’s re-joining DPP irrational

Vice President of Malawi Khumbo Kachali’s decision to dump the governing People’s Party to rejoin the Democratic progressive Party (DDP) has been described as an act of greed and morally bankrupt.

Kachali rejoined DDP on Monday after resigning from PP last week and swiftly drummed up support and endorsed its presidential candidate Peter Mutharika to be voted into power.

Mustapha Hussein, political scientist at University of Malawi’s Chancellor College said his decision would not affect much on the voting pattern for both DPP and PP despite calling on all the Northern Region to vote for brother to former president late Bingu Wa Mutharika.

Kachali scoffed by Paramount Chief Kyungu
Kachali scoffed by Paramount Chief Kyungu

“What he has done just shows that our leaders do not have principles. I don’t think his decision was made in the interest of people because it is happening after he was not picked to be President Joyce Banda’s running mate,” Hussein said.

He said the Vice President’s move would not affect much both DPP and PP in terms of votes as the decision was made too close to the May 20 Elections when most people have already made.

Paramount Chief Kyungu of Karonga also said the Veep’s decision was made for his personal interest saying “It’s up to the people to judge.”

“Politicians should be mature and reflects badly on politicians’ integrity lack of principles,” Paramount Kyungu said.

He also condemned Kachali’s call for all people from the North to vote for DDP and Mutharika during the May 20 Elections.

“People are mature to know who to vote for because it’s their democratic right,” he said.

“There’s no way somebody even I as a chief can force all people from the North to vote for a person of my choice.”

Chancellor College senior lecturer Dr Richard Nyirongo summoned up that politicians who defect to other parties are selfish and opportunists.

“I see people jumping ship from one political party to another as mostly misers­­; usually to seek entitlements. These are people who actually believe stupidly so at times that certain positions are meant for them and their kind only,” Nyirongo posted on his Facebook page.

He said Malawi needed to have politicians who would put the interest of people before theirs.

“They have created an aura of self importance that if challenged it becomes a personal challenge on their person. We need selfless individuals who should humbly serve in these privileged positions for the good of our country.”

Another Facebook post said the Vice President’s move was miscalculated had made joke of himself.

“Khumbo Kachali’s decision to jump ship this late would have been hilarious were it not tragic,” states the post.

Kachali, who was instrumental in the establishment of PP, fallen out with President Banda after he was sidelined as running mate when the president settled for youthful Central Region politician Sosten Gwengwe.

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