President of political scientists in Malawi, Joseph Chunga has attributed the current problems rocking People’s Party (PP) due to lack of leadership in the third strong political party in the country.
His comments come barely days after reinstated party regional governor for the north, Christopher Mzomera Ngwira reiterated calls for PP president and founder Joyce Banda to step down as party president and let Khumbo Kachali, former vice president of both the party and the republic take over.
“You don’t put a party on autopilot. I think JB has been out of the country for long. We have never heard that the party has appointed an acting leader,” said Chunga who teaches political science at Chancellor College.
He said PP is one of the biggest parties in Malawi and needs its top leadership on the ground to deal with day to day problems.
Party spokesman Ken Msonda has in the past said there was no need for Banda to be in Malawi to lead the party, saying the world is in technology era therefore she can lead through roaming.
However, Chunga said as long as Banda is not in Malawi, leadership problems will continue.
“This clearly shows that there is leadership vacuum in the party. They might not want to accept this but this is true,” he said.
Since the announcement of the presidential results to which she trailed third after her sworn arch rival Democratic Progressive Party’s Peter Mutharika and Malawi Congress Party’s Lazarus Chakwera, Banda went abroad.
The party has suffered defections of some of its trusted members including S Brown Mpinganjira and have seen some political squables as a month or two ago, the party did not allow Kachali to hold a political rally in lower Shire.
It remains to be seen if this pressure would force Banda out of the self imposed exile.