Kalua wrote the Speaker of Parliament asking to be an independent MP and said in his resignation letter that the PP, whose leader is former President Joce Banda, was ‘’full of tribalism and they don’t want people from other tribes to associate with it.”
“It is a party which is full of family. The president has the final say and she takes it as a survival kit,” Kalua said, adding that: “ I am professional and I don’t want to work in a party that is family based. It has lost direction and has no future.”
Kalua was twice voted as legislator of Rumphi East on the ticket of the PP.
He broke into Malawian political prominence when alongside Unandi Banda and Shyley Kondowe vehemently started campaigning on South Africa’s Channel Africa radio against the MCP dictatorship in 1993, calling for democracy.
The democracy activists came back home to join the democracy fight that led to the referendum of 1993 that opened up multi-party democracy. They formed the Malawi democratic Party which flopped in later years.
Kamlepo has been a fierce and outspoken politician and often fought with Bakili Muluzi’s government over his bid for third term bid.