Malawi VP Kachali sorry for rude remarks

Malawi Vice President Khumbo Kachali has said he “sincerely regrets” comments he made in Karonga attacking critics of President Joyce Banda’s numerous travels, that the President does not go to their mother’s homes and there is no need for anyone to be complaining because the travels are far from over.

The remarks have been widely criticised for being rude.

Opposition and civil society activists said the comments were “insulting” Malawians who pay taxes for the public officers’ expenses including the presidency.

Khumbo Kachali : Hugely sorry

The VP was accused of being out of sync with the suffering of Malawians.

But Kachali said on Monday that he is hugely sorry for the comments.

Kachali’s apology was delivered by government spokesman Moses Kunkyu in a statement, saying he  “ sincerely regrets his recent remarks on travels by the Presidency, that he made in Karonga on Wednesday, 12th September, 2012”

Reads the apology: “The Vice President would like to apologise for the pain and distress the remarks have caused to Malawians.”

It adds: “The remarks are fully and unconditionally withdrawn”

Journalist Kondwani Munthali commented on the apology, saying “it takes a man to say I am sorry.”

Munthali told Nyassa Times: “Great political leaders have always listened to reason. He has shown to be a man ready to listen and do what is right. The issue is now water under bridge let Malawians return to substiantive issues of rebuilding the economy.”

And Director of Information Isaac Cheke Ziba called Kachali  a “rare breed of a politician” for issuing an apology.

He said “not many politicians garner the courage to apologise for a genuine mistake.”

Kachali was appointed Malawi Vice President by President Joyce Banda in April. President Banda ascended to the Malawi Presidency on April 7 2012 after the demise of Professor Bingu wa Mutharika on April 5.

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