JB moves ‘crucial’ cabinet meeting to Chikoko Bay

President Joyce Banda, under pressure to resolve the current looting of government money at Capital Hill has moved her cabinet meeting to Chikoko Bay in Mangochi on Thursday.

The President was expected to meet her cabinet at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre tomorrow morning but has since moved the venue to Chikoko Bay in Mangochi.

“We have been told that the cabinet meeting will now take place at Chikoko Bay not Sanjika, we don’t know why but that’s the information that I have got,” said one senior minister.

The cabinet meeting comes amid reports that President Banda’s own Vice President Khumbo Kachali, Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara and former Budget Director Dalitso Kabambe (now director of Planning at Ministry of Health) were implicated in the ‘cash-gate’ scandal that has rocked Capital Hill.

President Banda inspecting the guard of honour on arrival at Chileka Airport in Blantyre.Picture by Francis Mphweya-MANA.

President Banda inspecting the guard of honour on arrival at Chileka Airport in Blantyre.Picture by Francis Mphweya-MANA.

Brian Banda, Master of Ceremonies at the press conference President Banda addressed at Sanjika Palace on her arrival today also hinted on the venue change.

“This is where we end the press conference, we know that you (President Banda) have to travel for some place, so we have to let you rest,” said Banda.

President Banda will be in Mangochi to attend the funeral of Chief Makanjira.

According to Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development,  Chief Makanjira passed away at his home early Wednesday.

Senior Chief Makanjira was born Ajida Matola Mjase on 01st January 1948.

He was installed as Traditional Authority Makanjira on 27th May, 1989 and he was elevated to Senior Chief Makanjira on 01st March, 2008.

Burial ceremony of the late Chief Makanjira will be held on Thursday, 10th October, 2013 at his headquarters in Makanjira, Mangochi from 12:00 noon.

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