Malawi VP Kachali calls for tolerance of aspirants in ruling PP

The Vice President, Khumbo Kachali, has asked followers of Peoples party to maintain peace and stop fighting each other as some people within the party try to position themselves to contest for parliamentary and ward councilor nominations ahead of the 2014 tripartite elections.

Kachali said this Monday  at a development rally at Mwaulambo Full Primary School ground in the area of Traditional Authority (T/A) Kilupula in Karonga where some members of the party openly declared their interest to contest either as Members of Parliament or ward councilors.

Kachali also held similar meetings at Karonga Nyungwe as well as Chitipa Wenya and in all the meetings he asked all those who aspired to represent the Peoples Party in the 2014 elections to openly declare their interest.

The call up also gave vice- president an opportunity to provide a few hints to the aspirants on how to interact with the grassroots and at the same avoid divisions within the party structures.

The Vice President mentioned that since the party is very powerful and open for all Malawians to join, there is need for its followers remain united at all times.

Vice President  Kachali calls for peace as he introduces  incumbent MP for Karonga Central, Cornelius Mwalwanda (right) and his contendor Frank Mwenefumbo.-Photo by Frank Nkondetseni, Mana
Vice President Kachali calls for peace as he introduces incumbent MP for Karonga Central, Cornelius Mwalwanda (right) and his contendor Frank Mwenefumbo.-Photo by Frank Nkondetseni, Mana

”Our party does not believe in violence. This is time for us to move forward and not to fight against each other,” he told the people.

He said: ‘We have more people aspiring for position of members of parliament or ward councilors who want to contest as People’s Party candidates, but this should not bring conflicts between our followers.”

Recently, there were reports of violent acts in Karonga Central Constituency involving followers of the incumbent Member of Parliament for the area, Dr. Cornelius Mwalwanda and those of his contender, Frank Mwenifumbo, who is the party’s Provincial Chairman for the north. Several houses got burnt in the fracas.

Mwalwanda and Mwenifumbo were the only two contestants to declare their interest when Kachali asked those who wanted to stand as parliamentarian in the constituency on People’s Party ticket to come forward.

Kachali then took advantage of the situation to tell the gathering including some supporters of Mwenifumbo and Mwalwanda who braved the simmering Karonga hot weather saying: “As you can see these people are with me on the podium here. Why then do you fight?”

The Vice President reminded People’s Party supporters that time would come when they should vote for the candidate of their choice, hence the need for maintaining peace.

The Vice President then asked people register in large numbers when registration of voters begins in Karonga so that they excise their right to vote in May 2014.

During the meeting, Kachali reminded people what the Joyce Banda administration was doing to turn around the country’s economy, saying it (administration) is advocating for people centred development programmes such as Mudzi Transformation Trust, and One Cow a Family, were brain child of the new regime targeting poor people living in villages and towns.

Speaking earlier, Senior Chief Karonga asked government to boost in rice irrigation scheme so that people living in the area must benefit a lot from it.

The local leader, who spoke at length in his native Ngonde language spiced with some Tumbuka and English, said that this would help people from the area to have enough food since most of them depend on rice as their staple food.

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