PP lashes out at Kachali: ‘Frustrated politician’

The ruling People’s Party (PP) has labelled its former vice-president for north, Khumbo Kachali as an ‘angry and frustrated man’ who had worked hard to destabilize the party after being left-out on the choice of President Joyce Banda’s running-mate.

The Vice president on Monday formally rejoined the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) the party which in December 2010 expelled him alongside President Joyce Banda.

Kachali, who is also the country’s Vice-President, also endorsed and tipped the party’s presidential candidate, Peter Mutharika to win May 20th elections.

DPP enthusiasts at Mzimba welcomes Kachali
DPP enthusiasts at Mzimba welcomes Kachali

But PP, in a statement signed by Publicity Secretary, Ken Msonda, while accepting Kachali’s decision, claimed he actually resigned from the party soon after President Banda opted for Minister of Trade and Industry, Sosten Gwengwe as a running-mate.

“It must be pointed out, however, that in practice, Mr. Kachali quit the party as soon as he learnt that Her Excellency President Banda had not chosen him as running mate for the May 20 Tripartite Elections,” claimed Msonda.

Surprisingly, the claim is in sharp contrast to earlier statement Msonda issued out a week ago in which he argued that Kachali was still regarded as PP member as he had not officially communicated of his intention to quit the party.

Msonda therefore labelled Kachali who is now third vice-president to quit PP in a period of seven months as a man full of rage and, who had made his decision out of frustrations.

“Indeed, he made his anger very clearly in various interviews he granted to the media as soon as Honourable Sosten Gwengwe was named as the running mate of People’s Party. Since then, the Vice President worked very hard to work against the party. But thanks to the strength of Her Excellency the State President and the People’s Party, his departure several months ago has not had any impact on the party’s popularity.”

Msonda, however, recognised Kachali’s role as one of the earliest PP members who helped in building the party as well as to run affairs of State.

“The People’s Party is aware that every citizen has a democratic right to belong to any political party or association. That same right can be exercised when one wants to leave the party; hence, we wish Right Honourable Kachali the best.”

VP Kachali: As it were
VP Kachali: As it were

PP said it “congratulates” Kachali for “finally coming in the open to announce that he will no longer be working in secret, but rather in public.”

Kachali informed President Banda of his decision to resign from the party National Executive Committee (NEC) last week and opted for DPP after being rebuffed by Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

He described his side-lining in the appointment of Banda’s running-mate as “vote of no confidence” but the President said Kachali was only picked to finish with her predecessor, the late Bingu wa Mutharika’s term.

Kachali’s resignation follows that of Cassim Chilumpha and Mohammad Sidik Mia who were PP vice-presidents responsible for the central and Southern regions respectively.

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