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Banda appoints ally as vice president

2012-04-11 19:16

Blantyre - President Joyce Banda on Wednesday named one of her closest allies as Malawi's new vice president, deepening her shake-up of government following the death of her predecessor Bingu wa Mutharika.

Khumbo Kachali, the former transport and public works minister, was "appointed as the vice president with effect from today", said a statement from the presidency read out on state radio.

Kachali was ousted from cabinet along with Banda in 2010, during a purge by Mutharika as he booted rivals from his government so that he could groom his brother Peter as his heir apparent.

Banda and Kachali emerged from the bruising political battle as close allies.

Although Kachali entered politics shortly after the introduction of multi-party democracy in 1993, he remains a little-known figure.

Since taking office on Saturday, Banda has ousted several top allies of Mutharika, who died after a heart attack on April 5 amid growing clamour for his resignation.

His critics accused him of ruining the economy and eroding democratic freedoms, as he centralised power in his office and his family.

Comments
  • Kumbirai - 2012-04-11 21:30

    I wish to open my eyebrows and kindly ask,Mrs president whether her actions of shock to the government and malawians will improve the life of the poor?@?

  • picheII - 2012-04-11 22:38

    This is a good move by Her Excellency Joyce Banda to appoint Mr. Khumbo Kachali as vice president of the Democratic Republic of Malawi. Mr. Khumbo Kachali is a hard worker and no nonsense man. He upholds to the Ideals and values of the constitution.The president is doing her job very well to leave no stone unturned.Madam President can really transform and reform democratic values and institutions of Malawi.What is left for people of Malawi is civic education.The people need to be taught how the constitution functions.

  • picheII - 2012-04-12 20:50

    WE ARE VERY IMPRESSED WHEN WE HEAR THE PRESIDENT ULTERING THE WORD GOD IN OFFICIAL BUSINESSES.OTHER PRESIDENTS YOU CANT OR HARDLY HEAR THEM MENTIONING THE WORD GOD.INSTEAD THEY BECOME BUSY FIGHTING WITH RELIGIOUS LEADERS TO FORCE THEM CLAP HANDS FOR THEM AS SOME POLITICIANS WITH BLIND OBEDIENCE DO.EVEN THEY FORCE PREACHERS TO WITHDRAL THEIR SERMONS OR HOMILIES INFAVOUR OF THEM.WHAT WE HAVE TO KNOW IS THAT THE HOLY SPIRIT HAS NO LIMIT HENCE IT IS THE MESSAGE OF HOPE AND TRUTH AT ALL TIMES.THE PREACHERS CAN PROPHECISE THE SIGNS OF TIMES FOR THE MODIFICATIONS OF HUMAN CONDUCT AND BEHAVIOUR TOWARDS GOD AND FELLOW HUMAN BEINGS.THE MESSAGE OF GOD MODIFIES HUMAN BEINGS BY ELIMINATING SELFISHNESS AND ARROGANCE.

  • marktilawe.chiwaula - 2012-04-13 07:43

    I wish and pray that Her Excellency the President will not be myopic, to what some of the old guns are hoping for. She must not let the country slip into the hands of those people who plundered the country. From the look of things she is moving in the right direction. God first in everything you Madam President. Mark Tilawe.

  • picheII - 2012-04-15 18:26

    In multi-party democracy,Members of the National Executive Committee of any Political Party must be elected through conventions and have clear manifestos to lead the people and not serve individuals but serve the people.Members elected through the conventions represent the people and wishes of the people.It must be stipulated in the constitution as the condition that any party to be registered in the country,it must conduct convention with its leaders elected through conventions and not through nominations.Nominations create selfish leaders who are detached from the masses(people).These conventions must be safeguarded by the constitution

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