Fire all presidential aides, cleric tells Malawi leader

A church cleric has told President Peter Mutharika to fire all his presidential aides to save money as the country reels from harsh economic climate in recent memory.

Rev Kawalala: Too many presidential advisors

Rev Kawalala: Too many presidential advisors

Reverend Zacheaus Kawalala said at the just ended Public Affairs Committee (PAC) meeting that the President needs to walk the talk on financial prudence by firing the over a dozen presidential advisors and assistants whom he said are a drain on the public purse.

The government is yet to respond to the call but senior cabinet ministers inCluding Finance minister Goodall Gondwe, Justice minister Samuel Tembenu, Information minister Jappie Mhango and Gender minister Patricia Kaliati listened attentively as Kawalala articulated his argument.

The cleric said the role of the advisors can easily be filled in by cabinet ministers and other senior government officials.

Previously, Mhango had said cabinet ministers and presidential advisors have two different roles, saying cabinet ministers are political heads of ministries whilst the advisors are neutral independent public officers.

Presidential advisors are entitled 500 litres of fuel a month (about K400 000), a vehicle which they drive themselves, medical scheme and airtime, free water, free electricity, DStv subscription at a combined cost of almost K300 000 ($434), including a driver and guard who are also allocated about K100 000 ($145) on top of a salary of close to K1.6 million ($2 312), which translates to K25.6 million ($36, 994.21) a month for the 16, totalling K307 million ($443 641) annually.

Human rights activist and Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) executive director, John Kapito, is on record expressing  concern that the league of advisors  will impact negatively to the austerity measures President Mutharika has been preaching.

He questioned the value they will bring to the office of the President “apart from gossip.”

Among the advisers are chief adviser on economic affairs Collins Magalasi, President brother’s widow Callista Mutharika as chief adviser on safe motherhood, population and HIV/Aids management and chief political adviser, Francis Mphepo.

Other advisers including Symon Vuwa Kaunda on national unity and parliamentary affairs, Annie Makuta (women affairs), Nick Masebo (youth) and Victor Songazaudzu Sajeni (capacity building) are on P3 grade which is equivalent to a director at a ministry.

One critic questioned what will Symon Vuwa Kaunda will  be advising the President on ‘National Unity and Parliamentary Affairs’ when there  is Francis Kasaira as Leader of  Government business in Parliament and yet Malawi is also not experiencing tribal or regional disconnect that the country needed someone to unite us. Besides, Vuwa is not even an MP.

Other presidential aides includes Mabvuto Bamusi as special assistant responsible for the civil society and NGOs,  Apostle  Timothy Khoviwa as adviser on religious affairs.

There are also, personal assistant on international relations, deputy personal assistant on international relations, special assistant to the First Lady, executive and special assistant on capacity building.

And President  Mutharika added to the list of his advisors the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) long-time spin-doctor Hetherwick Ntaba as domestic policy adviser and moved out  Bright Malopa who was adviser to the President on communication and strategy . Malopa has been deployed to Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority ( Macra) as adviser on broadcasting.

 

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LOMA
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LOMA
7 months 7 days ago

IBU uzimako zonena anthu. EEIIISHHH

tain kutala
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tain kutala
7 months 7 days ago

A failed state indeed. Ruled by visionless leadership and advised by a bunch of opportunistic folks just to make bread and butter for the day. Hey, who fooled us that a professor rules better. Running government is not like lecturing in a law class.

Maunde
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Maunde
7 months 7 days ago

Of visionary leaders and recycle politians.

When u want to put things right u look at things that do not add value to the welfare of our society. U dont fix things that are put orderly. The dpp government should remove the advisors and give the role and responsibility to party. These advisors should be paid from parties account

james banda
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james banda
7 months 7 days ago

end ov times de bible has arldy stated out all of dis,open up our eyes pipo soon de son of man coms

Winston Msowoya
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Winston Msowoya
7 months 7 days ago
What do we have advisers for if the nation is going down the drain? I vehemently agree with those enlightened citizens who demand the head of unfit president Muthalika.It is absolutely the only path to solve the unending and myriad of misleading political and economic trends.It is self- destruction of unparalleled diamention if Muthalika prolongs to remain at the helm.Currently,we have abominable shortage of food for the masses of our people who happen to be the voters,corruption sky- rocketing each day that passes,tribalism has reached unprecedented threat to our nation and yet,the leaders turn a blind eye on this scourge… Read more »
Mphepo Zinai
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Mphepo Zinai
7 months 8 days ago

A bunch of stupid hangers playing the role of presidential jokers to pacify the troubled soul of a clueless leader of a collective of sedentary and gaping idiot minions inhabiting a land impoverished by their cleverer siblings.

kwetu
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kwetu
7 months 8 days ago

resignation is not solving Malawian problems , what we want visionary readers than these

Mlangeni
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Mlangeni
7 months 8 days ago

Ayambe kuchotsa Ntaba

Joyce Mbava Yayikulu
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Joyce Mbava Yayikulu
7 months 8 days ago

Iwe umadya zakachisi ndiye uziti anzako achosedwe ntchito ndiye akakudyera kuti , kuchipatala

Dr Manga
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7 months 8 days ago

SO MALAWI HAS AN ECONOMIC ADVISOR ???????????? HE SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF HIMSELF.

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