After five months of paper work and other preparatory activities, former vice president Khumbo Kachali has finally formed a political party.
The new party, Freedom Party, joins a list of other political parties that are in the country’s political parties’ registration book.
Kachali confirmed in an interview that the group that is behind the formation of the party received a certificate about four days ago.
“I am happy to tell Malawians that, after five months of preparing, we have formed that party,” Kachali said.
He, however, would not mention other members of the party.
“We will tell you everything when we launch the Freedom Party,” he said.
Controversial Mzimba Hora MP, Christopher Mzomera Ngwira, was one of the people who reportedly encouraged Kachali to form a party but Kachali dismissed such reports.
Ngwira, who got fired from People’s Party(PP) for leading the campaign against acting president Uladi Mussa and for supporting Kachali, rejoined the ruling Democratic Progressive Party(DPP) a few days ago.
“I never mentioned Ngwira in any of my statements about forming this party,” Kachali said.
When he made the announcement of party formation some weeks ago, Kachali cited the firing of some of his ‘friends’ in the PP as one of the reasons for his decision.
The former vice president said one of the values of the new party is to ensure unity and solidarity among Malawians.
Kachali, who is a Member of Parliament for Mzimba South West, served as vice president during the two-year reign of Joyce Banda but later the two parted ways after Banda failed to pick Kachali as her running mate in the 2014 presidential election.