Chakwera holds MCP shadow cabinet meeting: Discuss Malawi situation

The main opposition Malawi Congress Party(MCP)shadow cabinet on Friday met in Lilongwe chaired by Leader of Opposiiton Lazarus Chakwera to discuss myriad of issues locking the country.

Chakwera and MCP shadow ministers

Chakwera and MCP shadow ministers

Chakwera confirmed about the shadow cabinet meeting in an interview with Nyasa Times and describing it as “very crucial.”

However, the party spokesperson, Dr Jessie Kabwira told Nyasa Times that the shadow cabinet met in order to discuss pertinent  issues facing the country and find ways on how challenges locking the nation can be addressed.

Kabwira said the MCP shadow cabinet discussed issues of Malawians who are trapped in South Africa following the wave of afrophobic attacks.

She also said MCP cabinet discussed the issue of the looming hunger following the dry spell which has affected 21 districts and floods which have affected some parts of the country.

According to Kabwira, the MCP cabinet also analysed how best the party can advise on the killings of Albinos in the country.

“We are calling upon government to address these challenges with sustainable and tangible ways,” said Kabwira

MCP shadow cabinet is comprising Members of Parliament .

According to Chakwera, the shadow cabinet was appointed to deepen and “strengthen engagement on
the policy front” as MCP continue to look for the best ways of serving all Malawians while they are in the opposition.

Chakwera said :”As a party, we are committed to offering the Malawi Nation the best we can through constructive policy engagement with the current Government and our counterparts in the opposition.”

In the  shadow cabinet, Chakwera who is also MCP president is a shadow  commander in chief of  Malawi Defence Force and the Malawi Police Services,. He is also spokesman for the MCP on Parastatals and Disaster Preparedness.

Veteran MCP parliamentarian Joseph Njobvuyalema is a shadow Minister of Finance, Economic Planning & Development.

Youthful lawyer and MP, Louis Chakhwantha is hadow minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

MCP spokeswoman Dr Jessie Kabwila IS shadow minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare a portfolio which is held by Patricia Kaliati in President Peter Mutharika’s Cabinet.

Vitus Dzoole Mwale is shadow minister of labour.

Other key members are Ezekiel Ching’oma as shadow information and civic education minister, Rhino Chiphiko as shadow transport, public works minister and Juliana Lunguzi as shadow health minister.

The shadow line-up also has Samuel Dalitso Kawale as  shadow youth, sports development  and culture:

Maxwell Thyolera makes it as home affairs and internal security, Home Affairs & Internal Security:

Felix Jumbe is for agriculture, irrigation and water. Khumbize  Chiponda is for foreign affairs and Dr. Elias Chakwera for education.

Willard Gwengwe is shadow at, industry and tourism, Dr Amon Nkhata natural resources. Energy  and mining, and Lingson Belekanyama local government, while Jacob Hara, ,is shadow minister of lands, housing and physical planning.

There are also deputy shadow ministers including Patrick Chilondola (defence), Everson Makowa Mwale, (agriculture), Nkhosa Kamwendo (education) and Alex Chitete (civil service).

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54 thoughts on “Chakwera holds MCP shadow cabinet meeting: Discuss Malawi situation”

  1. Nomvumeka says:

    Ok

  2. Noxy says:

    Mtima suvala sanza

  3. Ine ndikayankhulapo mumva eeh amakonda kwambiri apm ndiye chabwino tizisiye choncho sindilankhulapo kanthu paja ine siwandale

  4. Kkkkkk! Wonders will never end. Tiyeni nazoni za u shadowzo

  5. chakumanda betha says:

    Vuto lathu ndi limeneli a Malawi kuvetsetsa zinthu kumativuta. Yanenedwa kuti shadow cabinet potengera anthu omwe alipo panopa munchipanimo. Mesa paja awiri sangayende limodzi asanapangane NDE anthu enawo kaya akumpoto kapena kumwera ayikidwamo bwanji poti ambiri mwa Iwo kamba ka dyera ndi kudzinva kaya kudzikonda ali otangwanika kufunafuna mpando kwa a pulezident a panowa. Koma akunama kuti afuna athandize boma mapulani NDE a Malawi tikufuna zomwezo tidzingonamizidyabe basis.. Chifukwa cha anthu ochepa ozindikira mwa umbuli ife mbuli kalefe tidzingotsatira poti tonse khungu likutivuta.. Kod munthu wosamudziwa ungachite naye zinthu zofanana..????

  6. Katundumadzi says:

    DPP ndi dilluuuuuu

  7. jiks says:

    Majoti will remain a life supporter of tha nyau party. Being one of the kangw’ingw’is gologolos will remain like that for life. Now that the party is being led by commander in chief of gule wamkulu, Lazaro. Tasiyani kuzipaka manyi kukamwa abale. Musamasanduke virombo muli anthu.

  8. Majoti says:

    My Party For Life. Osati Nkhalamba Yopanda Mano Mkamwa, Kumangotafuna Lilime Nthawi Zonse!

  9. pwt says:

    mcp ndi yongoyerekeza mpaka kale, anthu akulu akulu nkumachita zongoyerekeza pali nzeru apa?

  10. mtumbuka mwenecho says:

    nanenso ndine wa congress,koma ngati cabinet ndi imeneyo,nde malawi sazasinthadi.chifukwa maso awona kuti mwazazana nokhanokha.bwana president! be serious,kulephera kumayambira pomwepa

  11. marimar says:

    Chakwera, tell your wife to form shadow BEAM Trust also. Nanga mpaka u commander in chief of MDF. Mtima suvala nsaza. Uwonjezerenso shadow minister responsible for xenophobic attacks. Kabwira ungamuyenere umenewu. Osati omwe wapasidwa wa Kaliati ayi chifukwa umafuna anthu a pabanja kuti athe kuyendetsa bwino lamulo la mabanja lija.

  12. Bengo says:

    Tikanakhala ife ee mwangodzadza alomwe okhawokha inuyo zoyelekeza zomwezi wakumpoto ndindani nanga wakummwera mukabineti yanu ya ayelekezi

  13. HE JOZA says:

    Cabinet ya mcp ndi dpp yasiiyana patipo ??

    In terms of tribalism and regionalism

    Mwazazana agule nokhanokha
    Choncho zinthu zingayende kukomera mmalawi aliyense ????

  14. Peter Muthanyula says:

    Lunguzi alikuti? Or was she the photographer?

  15. chejaali says:

    Zoona big bwana wanthu 2019 chakwela yemweyo kuti wawa

  16. chakanda says:

    Mumakhwana abig rhino chiphiko

  17. Shonayi says:

    Mwina mumakambirana za mzeru.Osati kutaya nthawi ndikumati tinawina anatibela.Anzanu amakhala ndi mavoti ponse ponse koma inu ndi akwanu okha okha.A Nkhoma CCAP anakuonongeraninso polowerera kuuza akhristu kuvotela a Chakwera kubisala pa chipande.Dziko lonse limadziwa kuti Nkhoma ndi tambala wakuda.NGATI SIMUSINTHA MACHITIDWE MPIRA SIMUDZAUONANSO.Mmalo moopa manyazi mudzizanamiza mbuli zanu kuti mwabeledwa.

  18. wamboni says:

    A nyasa mukuti nyau zinakumana ku dambwe kumakambirana zotani? Nyau yaikulu yotchedwa gologolo ndiye commander in chief wao. Nzosadabwitsa.

  19. izek says:

    Onsewa ndi ma shadow minister? Tikungomva that youthful lawyer chakwantha ndi chakwera pa wailesi kutchakula fundo. Nanga enanu?? Koma that lawyer sagulidwa ndi Boma? Akuyithatu job osati kukhalira kulowerera tchito za ma khansala kumidzi

  20. Shadow cabinet ya nyau zokha zokha. Poti virombo zimaziwana virombo vokha vokha
    Tsoka mtunda ndi nyanja poti woipayo watsikira komweko. Mungosankhiratu permanent shadow cabinet mpaka 2039..

  21. pent says:

    So when is the minister of finance unveiling the 2015-2016 budget? Kkkkkkk. Tiyeni nazoni poti kanthu nkhama.

  22. munyane Junior says:

    nepotism at its best

  23. munyane Junior says:

    no northerners kubesatu

  24. Yakowela says:

    Sure a MCP a Nkhosa Kamwendo mpaka deputy minister of education? You people are not serious. What policy direction can Nkhosa Kamwendo give to technocrats when he himself is in dire need of educational guidance?

  25. Malindima says:

    Kodi njokayi ilipobe? This snake”MCP” will live because we did not cut off its head when we beat it in 1994 but we injured it too much such that it will never never be the same and come to bite us again.
    Forget about 2019! If DPP won from outside government, it will have a landslide victory in 2019 now that it is on the driving seat.
    DPP woyeeeeee!!!!

  26. ine says:

    Why quoting the party spokesperson when you are saying there’s some minister of information??

  27. Kkkkkkkkkkkk if wishes were Horses beggars would ride

  28. God's Favour Ministries. says:

    Shadow cabinate of only 2 females,or ican say 1 nanga kabwira ndi fe-male ngati? Akuyenera kukhala he-male.koma mtunda watalika kuti malotowa adzakwaniritsidwe funso likhoza kudzifunsa lokha kuti mwati kummwera kulibe Mp wa MCP, Why? Kunalibe ma candidate.

  29. Imran jawad says:

    Nde chani zimenezi.koma muwatha anzanuwa?kkkkkkkk kasiya-masintha-kasiya-masintha.

  30. OGA says:

    Dreams indeed kkkkkkkk

  31. brutsha says:

    Kkkkkkk Munatani a big Chiphiko osavala jacket? Yanu ija ya simple koma dollar mulinazo.

  32. nyayo says:

    Dreaming in colours. Mukuyesesa just like kulota bread ali mmaja.kkkk

  33. MCP says:

    Kkkkkk Nkhosa Kamwendo Shadow Minister for Education. kkkkkkk. Kodi tsopano adalemba MSCE?

  34. Chiduma says:

    I love this party. Go ahead.

  35. Wakulu Wapakati says:

    Awa ndiye masanje enieni, gule wamkulu weniweni, nanga a mbwenumbwenu chilipo chanu apa,munthu sangayakhule za ulimu asali mu parliament, kodi kabwira kapasula amayakhula zausilu zake mu parliament mokhamokha, nanga akumanako ndiku parliament, zausiru basi ,ndine wapakati koma ndine ngoni osati kang’wing’wi . Kaliwo zako izo , limbikira mtunda opanda madzi

  36. Kenkkk says:

    I am a northerner and very staunch supporter of mcp but our shadow cabinet is a disgrace in terms of inclusivity and diversity to reflect the malawi nation. If it still remains like this come 2019, then we have no hope of winning. Even the very tribalistic dpp is doing better as far as its cabinet composition reflecting a better element of national inclusivity.

    The argument that the make up of shadow cabinet should come only from MPs seems valid but there are North mcp mps who should have been included at least 3 or four to replace some of the chewas. I strongly feel still some people from the south should also be included in the shadow cabinet, they don’t have to be sitting in parliament to effectively carry out their shadow duties.

    Apart from msowoya who is speaker and not really shadow as such, I Know there are some tumbuka-like names in the shadow such as Hara or nkhata but they are probably from North kasungu which is still in central region. If we really want mcp to be effective in the north, we have to include proper northerners from the north.

    Also the shadow cabinet is too big as some people have pointed out. It should be leaner than dpp cabinet or at least match 20. This should be dealt with at the next reshuffle. Personally 20 is too much for a cabinet.

    Also we should be thinking ahead about the shadow cabinet. If mcp wins in 2019, the people in the shadow cabinet expect to get those positions. Hence the importance of making the shadow cabinet now more inclusive to reflect the diversity of Malawians otherwise we will be accused of the same tribalistic tendencies of dpp. Also making the shadow cabinet more inclusive now including even some southerners despite mcp not having any MPs from the south, will set the tone and send the right message to the malawi electorate that mcp is serious about inclusivity as kamuzu always did in his cabinets. Sometimes you win elections by strategising and one of the most important thing we all know is the perennial problem of tribalism and nepotism.

    So please mcp executive, you need to sit down and think very hard about the issue of inclusivity and diversity of the shadow cabinet. Just for once forget about the selfishness of positions but think of how mcp should win in 2019 and therefore some of you should be prepared to step down now to accommodate others from the north and south. You will still get other better positions if mcp wins in 2019.

    1. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

      Points well made and noted. However, the lack of diversity in MCP is not new: even during Kamuzu’s era, ministers from the south and north were only toke. They were looked down upon by the his Chewa coterie, in caucus.
      This “shadow cabinet” should be concern for many MCP supporters, even leading them to quit the party. Or not to belong to any party; or even better, support another one.

  37. Nyirenda says:

    point of collection I wanted to write: people from outside parliament can’t be chosen because this is check and balance in parliament.

  38. Nyirenda says:

    Inu a Zondi no7 ndi a Wochenjera musaonetse umbuli wanu wonse pagulu .It shows that you don’t understand parliamentary politics, shadow cabinet is chosen from MPs only not what u r talking ,ask knowledgeable people on thing u don’t understand.MCP has no MP from south one if not 2 from North of which MSOWOYA is speaker of Parliament.Therefore people from outside parliament can be chosen ,because this is for checks and balance in parliament.

  39. Vuwa-Ntaba says:

    The Shadow minister seating between Kabwila and Chakwera is very disorganised… why seating himself in a such manner, its very clear that the space was not enough to accomodate him and is very clear he is not confortable. Does he really give a respect to his party president? i wonder i dont think DPP can accomodate such nonsense.

  40. pragmatic boy says:

    I love this party.Full of matured politics.

  41. Jozza says:

    When writing its better u undestand the business u r in not za umburi apa. Shadow opposition cabinet anywhere in the world it consists of MPs bcoz most duties r parliament related. Now MCP has all its members from central region and one from north (the speaker)how do u expect it to include pipo from south. Understand issues b4 commenting otherwise we r showing the world how primitive we r. Follow events guys.

  42. concerned Citizen says:

    mmmm! trully some dreams will never come true!! kkkkkkkk. ndaseka masanje a abusa a Chakwera ine. kkkkkkkkkkkk

  43. Munthu wa Mulungu says:

    Government indeed.

  44. amnzeru a kummawa says:

    mukazawina muzapange zimenezi lizakhala boma labwino.

  45. Nyani wa ku Mwananyani says:

    So the polemical Ms. Kabwila-Kapasula to square off against the decisive Akweni Kaliati! We’ll watch with interest indeed. The Rev. Chakwera need not have done this: he’s just encouraging one-upmanship. I hope confrontation in parliament does not become physical. Especially when KK feels defeated – she is known for low tolerance threshold, that lady.
    Can KK really advance an agenda better than Akweni’s. The learning curve will be steep, to be sure.

  46. Zondi says:

    MCP shadow Cabinet one tribe Chewas only and more than 20 members where are examples for inclusivity ……..do not remind us of old MCP where the song was CHEWAS only and Tumbukas teachers were chased…i feel sad ……for my malawi sob sob

  47. Evance Phiri says:

    Ndionama MCP sichipani chachewa onkha onkha enanu ndale simuzidziw mumangomva azanu akamakamba.

  48. NKHOMA says:

    Mcp kwacha!!! 2029 boma iloooo komanso ndakaika ngati angazakowemonso

  49. bezai says:

    dats govnt we want. Osati nyasi zinazi

  50. bezai says:

    boma ilo

  51. wochenjera says:

    Cabinet size has been set by APM. You guys are going beyond 20 cabinet ministers why? Whose money do you want to cashgate?

  52. wochenjera says:

    A Chakwera ndi Cabinet yanu ya a Chewa okhaokha palibe angazakuvotereni. Inclusivity yakukanikani. Mwatisiya ife Angoni, Atumbuka ndi Alomwe, zomwe zija za nthawi ya Kamuzu. MCP siizasintha

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