MZIMBA—Vice president Khumbo Kachali voted Tuesday in the Mzimba Southwest bye-election to help the ruling party win the seat which fell vacant following his appointment to the second highest office in the country.
After Pres Bingu wa Mutharika’s death in April, then Vice Pres Joyce Banda was inaugurated as president to finish the remainder of the term.
Banda and Kachali were expelled from Mutharika’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party in 2010 apparently over Mutharika’s decision to be succeeded by his younger brother which would have meant Peter being the party’s nominee for president in the 2014 elections.
When the two were dismissed from the party, DPP, which is also contesting the Mzimba Southwest constituency, said they’d been setting up parallel structures.
Banda and Kachali went on to form the People’s Party (PP) which formed Malawi’s new government in April.
This is first PP major contest as it doesn’t have MPs who went to parliament on its ticket and the seat was previously occupied by Kachali who is now the country’s vice president. For those reasons, the party has poured resources into the constituency and brought in leaders of other parties – Gwanda Chakuamba and Kamlepo Kalua - to drum up support for the PP candidate and Pres Banda was in the constituency on Friday to help close the deal.
We will bring you the results.
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