For the life of me, why is Malawi’s vice president Khumbo Kachali in politics?
This publication has asked whether arrogance was behind his obscenity. Without a doubt, it was arrogance coming out the mouth of a person who has lost touch with reality, five months after being sworn in as the country’s vice president, a position he didn’t work for. The previous occupant, Joyce Banda, simply appointed him to fill the vacancy which was created by her departure to become Malawi’s president.
Banda filled a position which became vacant after the death of Bingu wa Mutharika in April.
Just what did Kachali do to raise many eyebrows?
Without batting an eye, he bad-mouthed those who have dared to express concern over his excessive travel and that of his partner in crime, Pres Joyce Banda.
When Banda was criticised for moving from one capital to the next after she assumed power, she promised then that she’d delegate some of the tasks to her deputy, Kachali. But it appears the duo can’t help themselves but hop from one place to the next, often together. Each time they travel, they haul behind them “excess luggage” in the form of staff and security. At the end of each “official” tour, they stick broke taxpayers with the bill.
Like others before them, they easily mix government and party work and, again, taxpayers must cover all the expenses.
There’s no denying Banda inherited a ruined Malawi economy. Malawians and key Western donors agree that the economic black hole dug by Mutharika was sucking the life out of Malawi, just three years after winning reelection in a landslide. The demise of Mutharika, a dictator in the making, was met with a sigh of relief. For saving them from the abyss, Malawians thanked courageous Death.
Their hopes renewed for a better country, Malawians tried to move on and wished the new Banda administration well but their patience has been stretched thin and they’re justified feeling very apprehensive.
At MaraPost, we wish we could make the case that the effects of allowing the currency to lose about half its value can’t wear off overnight but why bother ourselves to make that case when the behaviour and actions of the fat cats make little people believe that they are on their own?
Yes, it’s unrealistic to expect a government to turn around a bad economy like Malawi’s in just six months but it’s realistic to expect a government to not just talk the talk but to walk the walk. True, it’s foolish to think that all would be honky dory given where the country was headed not long ago but it’s stupidity to the max for a vice president to raise his middle finger at the people who hired him and are simply asking for accountability.
After Kachali stepped into it, I am glad that he went ahead to put his foot in his month. His gross act was a reminder to us that some people don’t belong in public office for the simple reason that they think rules don't apply to them. What is clear is that they have the slightest clue about the kind of relationship they enter into once in public office.
At MaraPost our cardinal rule is the protection of the weak from vultures hence we’re more than happy to remind public office holders their obligations. We aren’t interested in making it easy for people who do bad things while in public office. Our job is to comfort the uncomfortable and make the comfortable, like Kachali, uncomfortable. In fact, our cause is to help run the bad guys out of town. Let’s get to work.
©2012 The Maravi Post.