Former Reserve Bank of Malawi governor Dalitso Kabambe, who Thursday announced that he has joined opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), took a thinly-veiled swipe at the Tonse Alliance-led government by saying he was not some “rubble”.
‘Clearing the rubble’ has become a fashionable expression in reference to public sector reforms being championed by the Tonse Alliance-led administration of President Lazarus Chakwera and Vice-President Saulos Chilima.
He was speaking when he officially joined the party in Blantyre.
“I have studied to the apex of development economics, being taught by the best professors in the world to the point of becoming a doctor of development economics. I refused many job offers in the private sector and worked in the public service for over 23 years. I worked in various ministries until I rose to the position of Reserve Bank [of Malawi] Governor. I cannot be rubble.
“Since they got rid of me, saying I am some rubble, I am here to work with people who value my experience, my knowledge and abilities in developing the country. The DPP did it before, during Bingu wa Mutharika and Professor Peter Mutharika’s administrations, and I know the [DPP] will get back to [power in] 2025,” he said.
Among other figures, Kabambe was welcomed into the party by Southern Region governor Charles Mchacha and deputy secretary general Aaron Sangala.
He could, however, not come out clear on whether he would contest for the position of party president in preparation for the 2025 presidential election.
“That is a story for another day. I have just come to register as a member of the party. This is my first day and I cannot be saying I will go for this position or that,” he said.
Mchacha, however, hinted that Kabambe was one of the people vying for the position of party president and torchbearer alongside the party’s vice presidents Kondwani Nankhumwa and Bright Msaka and Chiradzulu
South Member of Parliament Joseph Mwanamvekha.
“There many people. After Dr Kabambe today, Leader of the Opposition [in Parliament Kondwani Nankhumwa] , former minister of Finance [Mwanamvekha], Honourable Msaka will also come to address us. In fact, I also want to contest for the position,” he said.
Nankhumwa, who, by virtue of being the party’s vice president for the Southern Region, was supposed to welcome Kabambe was not present at the function.
He could did not pick his mobile phone for comment on the joining of Kabambe but Chancellor College political analyst Mustapha Husein expressed hope that he would try and unify all factions within the party.
“One would expect that he is joining DPP as a party and not a faction. He can led the party in the post Mutharika era just like many other members who were already in the party. In the end, who leads them depends on the choice of the members,” he said.