Khumbo Kachali is now Vice President of Malawi
President Joyce Banda has appointed Khumbo Hastings Kachali as Vice President of the Republic of Malawi effective Wednesday, April 11, 2012.
According to a statement from the Office of President and Cabinet, the new Vice President will be sworn in on Friday at Mtunthama State residence in the capital Lilongwe.
The appointment was largely expected considering that Kachali was also Vice President in People’s Party, now the ruling party.
Kachali, lawmaker for Mzimba South West since 2004, held a number of cabinet positions in the Mutharika regime with his latest position being Minister of Transport before he was fired from the ruling party alongside President Banda in 2010.
He was born in 1966 and attended Phwezi Secondary School. He obtained a Diploma in Project Management from the University of Cambridge.
He obtained his Master of Science Degree in Stratgeic Management in 2011 from the University of Derby, UK through Malawi Institute of Management.
For his MSC thesis, he wrote a paper titled the Impact of Multiparty Politics on the socio-economic lives of people using his Mzimba constituency as a case study.
Before entering politics, Kachali was Second Vice-President for the Malawi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
In UDF, he served as Treasurer General from 2002 to 2004. In 2005 he was appointed second Vice-President of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).
He was Minister of Industry, Science & Technology (2004-2006), Deputy Minister for Home Affairs & Internal Security (2006-2007) and Minister of Youth Development & Sports (2007-2008).
From 2008 until 2009 he was Minister of Health. Kachali was appointed Minister of Transport and Public Infrastructure in the cabinet that became effective on 15 June 2009.
He lost his ministerial position in the cabinet shake-up of 9 August 2010 and in December he was finally expelled from the party alongside President Banda