Nankhumwa shuns Kabambe to attend funeral of PP official

Leader of opposition and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) vice-president for the South Kondwani Nankhumwa on Thursday shunned the welcoming ceremony of former governor for the Reserve Bank of Malawi Dr. Dalitso Kabambe into the party.

Nankhumwa (second from left) at the PP funeral

The ceremony took place in Blantyre where DPP regional governor for the South Charles Mchacha led thousands of DPP members and supporters in welcoming Kabambe to the party.

Nankhumwa as vice president of the party in the region was supposed and expected to receive Kabambe on behalf of the party but he chose to shun the ceremony as he considers Kabambe a rival in the run up to the 2025 presidential race for the party.

According to Nyasa Times sources, Nankhumwa was attending a funeral of late Esau Billiat Mphukira in Dedza who was until his death provincial chairman for Peoples Party (PP)  for the central region.

Among those that attended the funeral included the former First Gentleman and retired Chief Justice for Malawi and Swaziland Richard Banda and  PP vice president and Cabinet minister Roy Kachale Banda – son to former president Joyce Banda the leader of the party.

Sources close to Nankhumwa confided in Nyasa Times that he (Nankhumwa) has already started a campaign to fight Kabambe.

There are reports that Nankhumwa pleaded with Mulakho wa Alhomwe chairperson Leston Mulli to frustrate the coming of Kabambe because he (Kabambe) would bring chaos to the party.

Both Nankhumwa and Mulli were not available to comment on the reports.

The coming of Kabambe to DPP has received great welcome from many members and supporters of the party who see him as a potential leader of the party.

Kabambe has already impressed many Malawians with his eloquence through a television interview he had on Zodiak TVon Tuesday.

Giving his maiden speech to DPP supporters in Blantyre, Kabambe said he had decided to join politics to share his expertise with the party. He said he is now ready to participate in any activity the party will initiate.

“I am ready to contribute to the formulation of a strategy if the party decides so,” said Kabambe who  served as principal sectary at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation before being appointed governor.

Kabambe holds a PhD and a Master’s Degree in Development Economics from Imperial College London, University of London, United Kingdom which was obtained in 2008 and 2001 respectively.

He also holds a BSc Degree from the University of Malawi obtained in 1998.

Professionally, he has worked as an economist for the Malawi Government for 23 years beginning as an economist and principal economist in the Ministry of Agriculture where he served for seven years, and then as chief economist and deputy director of economic planning in the Ministry of Economic Planning and Development for four years and thereafter as budget director in the Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development for another four years.

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Muruwaniwa
Muruwaniwa
3 months ago

Nankhumwa game yamuchepera ndichifukwa akuzipanikiza ku ma activities aku Tonse not aku DPP. Let him accept kuti game iyi achepa nawo a Nankhumwawo. The most unfortunate and surprising thing is that those who back Nankhumwa on Social media are not DPP supporters and cannot vote for DPP in any way. Another thing is that the coming in of Kabambe is seen as a rebirth of DPP koma chifukwa ena ankaba bwino ndi achina Nankhumwa mi DPP yakale ija thats why akufunabe Nankhumwa kuti akapitirize umbava wawo. Leader wa mtundu wanji wotumikira ma rivals ake. Even Chakwera being a pastor never… Read more »

Mulumuzana
Mulumuzana
3 months ago
Reply to  Muruwaniwa

You say DPP yakale kkkkkkkk. In just did months out of the government and you are insinuating DPP as a well rebranded party? Is it just bkz kabambe has now come out in the open that he is DPP. Is it enough? Can you tell me what has changed of DPP in terms of it’s Bad ideologies. Yes I mean things like Nepotism, regionalism, corruption, barbarism, criminalism. Yes I mean the Malawians voted for MCP bkz they were at least really sure that it is but a changed party and it took us almost three decades. You have work to… Read more »

mtete
mtete
3 months ago

He had to attend a funeral. Death is death.

By the way, a string of academic qualifications does not necessarily make one a capable leader as has been witnessed of late when the country was messed up almost beyond repair during the leadership of a whole professor. Kabambe’s K24m salary and numerous obscene allowances do not help him and cast doubt as to whether the country’s scarce financial resources would be safe; could most likely be worse than we’ve seen in the past six years.

Nelson Malenga
Nelson Malenga
3 months ago

We need more of the Kabambe’s! Nankhumwa must avoid his double standards: he must be the UNIFYING factor in DPP. What kind of a Leader who doesn’t want opposing leadership within his organisation? What will he make: a DICTATOR? I have had my reservations for this youngman: he seem want to swallow before he chews! He is overshadowed with his own progress! His self declaration to the top job: clouds his intelligence- if there is any? There will be alot of aspirants to the top job in the DPP: so he is going to fight all of them? There is… Read more »

Koko
Koko
3 months ago

Zaine sitilowelapo.

Speed joe
3 months ago

Kalongonda waphya! Bweretsani mbale.

Donald McLean
3 months ago

Dr. Kabambe is a very capable person to steer the DPP and consequently Malawi into the right direction. He is a star performer, at least we know how he has performed in the civil service and more importantly when he took over the governorship of our central bank. At the end of a day what we need is fair play, whoever the majority favours let him lead the party to victory in 2025. It is very sickening of the news that Nankhumwa, out of jealous, is planning to foil Kabambe’s decision to try his luck. That alone makes Nankhumwa unfit… Read more »

Kanthuako
Kanthuako
3 months ago
Reply to  Donald McLean

Kabambe, a well-known nephew to the Muthalikas and one of the greatest beneficiaries of the stupid LOMWELIZATION POLICY which he(Kabambe) promoted at RBM will have a mountain to climb to get support across the Country whether one likes it or not. Prior to his appointment as RBM Governor, there were many many Malawians who have much much better experience and qualifications than him but he was offered the position just because he was a nephew to the Muthalikas. Malawians already said a big NO to POLITICAL DYNASTIES.

Kagwa
Kagwa
3 months ago
Reply to  Donald McLean

May be this Kabambe can do some little things which can shape the right direction of Malawi than this pastor, Chakwera, who is somehow indecisive and immature in politics. However, this Kabambe must have joined DPP out anger after being removed as a RBM governor by the so called Tonse Alliance.

Patrick Phiri
Patrick Phiri
3 months ago

Kabambe has more than what it takes to a year DPP to where it belongs – to govern. Malawians are already fed up with Chakwera’s tribalistic leadership. Even the soldiers are disgruntled.

Gute
Gute
3 months ago
Reply to  Patrick Phiri

Utesi

nyarugwe
nyarugwe
3 months ago

Womwalira akapita apita kusanzikana nawo nkufunika, a Kabambe alipo
aka kukamana ndi Nankhumwa.

Neno
Neno
3 months ago

Nankhumwa wawonatu amayi anja akupitiliza kukumenyambe mimbatu kuchokela ku Nyenkhwe ku Mangochi.

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
3 months ago

Leadership is not about lots of degrees. Malawians are obsessed with PhDs Leadership is an inborn thing even just a first degree is more than enough just to be able to understand & relate things. Its not a PhD that makes one to be a leader look at Bakili as uneducated as he was but he was even a better president than these others we have seen so I dont think that Kabambe automatically will be a good leader, I personally don’t think so.

Kampepuza
Kampepuza
3 months ago
Reply to  Keen Observer

Are you sure muluzi was a better leader than Bingu? Under Muluzi, Malawians suffered from hunger, government failed to be accountable to the voters and corruption was deeply entrenched in public office.Remember when he wanted to change the constitution to stand for a third term? Muluzi has to go down as on of worst leaders Malawi has ever had.

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