Malawi’s Vice Khumbo Hastings Kachali has challenged critics and those fighting him politically that their schemes will boomerang.
Speaking in local dialect Tumbuka Kachali said “Uwo wakulimbana na Khumbo, Zimu khate yekha”. He did not elaborate.
He said this in his less than five minutes speech full of salutations s at a rally at the Mzuzu upper stadium on Tuesday.
The rally followed President Joyce Banda’s ground breaking ceremony for the construction of the 10 million litres strategic fuel reserves at Sonda in Mzuzu city.
Banda dumped Kachali for Minister of Trade and Industry Sosten Gwengwe as running mate for her PP candidature.
Kachali described his side-lining as a vote of no confidence but the President said Kachali was only picked to finish former president the late Bingu wa Mutharika’s term.
He remains State vice president until May 20 and if anything happen to the President -God forbid – he would be Head of State.
He is also elected PP second-in command.
With a credit line from the Indian government, Malawi is constructing the first ever strategic fuel reserves 50 years after independence. Those being constructed in the southern and central region will store a combined total of 50 million litres.
Currently Malawi has storage capacity for 15 million litres or 15 days cover. But will have storage capacity of 75 million litres once construction ends.
Throughout the rally, Kachali sat stone faced on Banda’s right hand side and occasionally clapped in tandem with the crowd.
The occasional tête-à-têtes that were the hallmark of their early months into the seat of government was absent at this function and others that preceded the Banda’s choice of Sosten Gwengwe as her running mate in May 20polls.
Senior Chief Mtwalo of Mzimba district told Banda that the change of running mate will not affect the Chiefs support for her administration.
“We know there have been changes in some leadership positions but that should not worry you because as Chiefs we will rally behind you because we know you are our leader and nobody else,” the Chief said.
While Alliance for Democracy President (Aford) Enock Chakufwa Chihana said his party will work with Gwengwe as heir apparent.
“All the people in the northern region welcome the choice of Gwengwe and they are ready to work with him,” Chihana claimed.
Indian High Commissioner to Malawi Vanlalhuma urged the speed completion of the projects saying a country should not afford to slow down development when the majority of its people are suffering.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :