The People’s Party (PP) has refuted claims by its Provincial Chairman for the North, Reverend Mzomera Ngwira, that Khumbo Kachali becomes the interim leader of the party in the absence of Joyce Banda who is currently abroad.
In a Press Statement signed by the party’s Secretary General Ibrahim Matola, it says Ngwira’s claims do not reflect the position of the PP in as far as its leadership is concerned.
While acknowledging holding a regional party meeting in Mzuzu last Monday, it says the party just welcomed back Kachali as a vice president not as a replacement to Joyce Banda.
“It is only at the Party’s National Convention that decisions like this one are made. The People’s Party constitution stipulates that the President shall hold office for a period of five years. Joyce Banda’s mandate runs up to 2017 when her position shall be up for grabs,” the statement reads in part.
However, the party expressed delight at the return of Kachali and at his commitment to help the party “grow to greater heights.”