At a time when dust is refusing to settle within Malawi’s ex-ruling People’s Party, appointed President, Uladi Mussa, was on Sunday stopped from holding a rally in Mzuzu by an irate Khumbo Kachali faction, Malawi24 has learnt.
According to reports, the rally which was expected to be held at St Mark Hall failed to take place as a grouping which under the Kachali camp placed leaves on the ground before stopping vehicles of officials from going to the hall.
This comes weeks after Mussa accused Kachali of being behind a court injunction obtained by some members of the party. The members took the injunction to protest Mussa’s appointment as the leader of the party by the party’s founder Joyce Banda who remains outside Malawi.
It is said that the grouping sang derogatory chants against Mussa’s appointment.
A close source told Malawi24 in Mzuzu that Mussa only heard about the protest when he was close to the ground but he quickly made a u-turn and did not appear at the rally.
Ironically, the grouping against the rally claimed that Mussa did not inform them about the rally and said that they still did not want Mussa to lead the party.
The irate groupings fought and some members sustained injuries.
There has been a row on who should lead the party between Mussa and Kachali. However, Banda earlier this year opted to pick Mussa at the expense of Kachali who has massive support in the Northern Region.
Recently, PP officials, Salim Bagus, Cliffer Kondowe, Bornwell Kapatuka, Daniel Kayipa and Zeleso Gomani sought an injunction at Mzuzu High Court restraining Mussa and Kamlepo Kalua from taking positions of acting president and third vice president of the party, respectively.
Mussa said Kachali is behind the mobilization of the officials to get the court order to stop him and Kalua from taking their positions.
“I am not surprised with the injunction because I know Kachali is looking for the same position, he is too jealous with my appointment but am not worried, in politics there is no injunction,” said Mussa.
However, Kachali dismissed the accusations arguing that he has no intention to lead the orange team.
“I don’t wish to lead PP as expressed through the opinion of Mussa, what I want is to see the party grow,” said Kachali.
The unrest continues in the party as Banda remains outside Malawi.
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