The election of Khumbo Kachali as vice-president of Malawiâ€™s ruling Peopleâ€™s Party (PP) does not make him an automatic running mate to President Joyce Banda in 2014.
PPâ€™s re-elected secretary general Henry Chibwana said this in an exclusive interview on Tuesday.
On Monday, the PP convention at the College of Medicine in Blantyre elected Kachali as the partyâ€™s vice-president (operations), Minister of Energy and Mines Cassim Chilumpha as vice-president (political) and Transport and Public Works Minister Sidik Mia as vice-president (administration).
The party has already started touting Banda as the torchbearer for PP in the 2014 presidential race.
Said Chibwana in an interview at the convention venue: â€œYou are talking about the three vice-presidents and the issue of running mate; these are two separate issues and should never be mixed. We will wait.
â€œThe choice of the running-mate is the prerogative of the President.â€
The newly-adopted PP constitution in Article 11 (2) (ii) says the national conference of the party shall elect the presidential candidate who would in turn nominate a running mate.