Malawi flagship paper Times savages new Freedom Party of ex-veep Kachali

Malawi’s flagship daily newspaper, The Daily Times, on Thursday  publishing a bitingly critical editorial that savaged a new political party – Freedom Party – by former vice-president Khumbo Kachali to be launched on a date yet to be announced.

Kachali: Leads new Freedom Party

It said Constitutionally, Kachali is exercising his right  of freedom of association.

But accused the former vice president of “greed”, saying it  is doubtful whether the formation of Kachali’s Freedom Party is guided by political ideologies that focus on meeting human needs and building national identity and the country’s prosperous economy.

“Leaders should be willing to stand for and champion agendas that advance the national interest not personal, regional or tribal interests,” reads the editorial.

The paper said Malawi needs parties which are based on broad political values and ideologies as well as specific policy programmes rather than narrow ethnic, racial or regional concerns.

While serving as State Vice-President during the Joyce  Banda regime, Kachali had quit Peoples Party with only few days to the May 20 Tripartite Elections.

Banda left out Kachali as a running mate and opted for Industry and Trade Minister Sosten Gwengwe – the presidential ticket that flopped miserably.

Banda and Kachali were expelled from  Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)in December 2010 for allegedly forming parallel party structures. However, the two were on record as having said their dismissal was because they refused to endorse the presidential candidature of current DPP leader Peter Mutharika.

In April 2012, Banda ascended to the presidency in line with constitutional order after the death of former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika and picked Kachali as her Vice-President.

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Chatayika Phiri
Chatayika Phiri
3 years ago

Thats a blessing in disguise for APM tiyeni munyemerane ka north’ko. Suprisingly ppo r advocating for 50+1 votes awa ndiye masanje eni eni! kkkkkkkkk ameneyo ndiye malawi. 50+1 votes is pocbo where there are few parties in a country i.e. 3-4 thats it si izi ayi. amalawi kududuluka zotengeratengera!

3 years ago

Why can’t you join another party of your own choice rather than forming another party? Anyway signs of weak democracy….. too many political parties kkkkkk

3 years ago

This is crazy, truth be told wanganya……Khumbo’s time and relevance is gone. As for the north it is the likes of Kamlepo and Frank who are now relevant otherwise.

Nkhwiri inokwa
Nkhwiri inokwa
3 years ago


chatonda Mvula
chatonda Mvula
3 years ago

What ???? Awanso nawo. What a waste of time, energy and money for nothing?? Its better to ask your friends before you come out to the public with whatever ideas one had. Ask Richard Msowoya who had his dreams but realized they could not work and withdrew immediately and cling to MCP and maintain with old dream. Mufumbenge nyengo zinyake wa nganya before you come out and become the laughing stalk for the public.

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