There is no real change on the political scene as the same faces that dominated the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) politics have en masse defected to the Peopleâ€™s Party (PP) in almost a comical way.
Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in the Capital City, Lilongwe turned into an orange arena on Monday, with senior political figures who wore blue just last month at the late president Bingu wa Mutharikaâ€™s last function in Lilongwe at the auction floors, wearing PP colour.
Hundreds of PP women and youths were ferried to KIA in lorries, though most of them bore private registration number plates, a Ministry of Agriculture minibus was also among those that ferried the people.
The political melodrama was very evident from the beginning, with DPP heavy weights, including regional governor for the Centre Kalazi Mbewe, Mutharikaâ€™s presidential adviser on women affairs Margaret Chiponda, deputy regional governor for the Centre David Kambalame, arrived at the airport spotting orange attire or jacket lapels.
Leader of opposition John Tembo, who over the weekend indicated that he would accept the post of Second Vice-President if offered, also turned up with his entourage. He opted for a 600-metre walk with Vice-President Khumbo Kachali from the VVIP lounge to where the presidential jet would land.
Banda said she visited South Africa and Liberia as a matter of courtesy call and to brief those governments on the forthcoming African Union (AU) Summit.