Mutharika appoints Chaponda as Malawi govt leader in parliament

President Peter Mutharika has appointed vice president of the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP)  and Minister of Agriculture George Chaponda as Leader of House  replacing Foreign Affairs Minister Francis Kasaila.

Chaponda: New leader of the House

Chaponda: New leader of the House

According presidential spokesman Mgeme Kalilani, the appointment is effective 19th May 2016.

“The appointment has been necessitated by the recent appointment of Hon. Kasaila, as Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation. It is necessary to allow him to effectively attend to Malawi’s international affairs which often demand a lot of travelling out of the country,” Kalilani said in a statement seen by Nyasa Times.

Kalilani said with Kasaila’s new ministerial portfolio where he replaced Chaponda, “ it became necessary to allow someone to take over the position of Leader of the House so that both positions are given the due attention they deserve.”

He said the Head of State “sincerely” thanked Kasaila for “performing exceptionally well” as Leader of the House during his term and  further wishes  Chaponda well in his new role in Parliament.

Chaponda once held the post in the previous DPP regime when it became increasingly intorelant.

However, some Malawians have taken up on social media to express their concern that Mutharika is piling more responsibilities to the ageing Chaponda, fuelling further speculation that the head of state is grooming the Mulanje lawmaker for the presidency in 2019.

Chaponda’s deputy in parliament is Mulanje central MP and Minister of Local Government Kondwani Nankhumwa.

Minister of Labour Henry Mussa is the chief whip and his deputy is Minister of Sports Grace Chiumia.

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8 thoughts on “Mutharika appoints Chaponda as Malawi govt leader in parliament”

  1. henry says:

    Ku lands Mpico akuchotsa boma pa ma buildings yonse chifukwa boma aku lephera kulipila ma rentals, this is poor administration. Chaponda please sort this meed out you the right person who get thinds done.

  2. time is over says:

    Believe u me something is going to happen in parliament during this session

  3. Mwisukulu Wabo says:

    Chaponda unayipa khope ndi mtima womwe

  4. john phiri says:

    2019 amene adzavotere DPP mphenzi idzamukutumule. Nkhalamba zonse ayi. We need change. Any candidate above fifty to hell.

  5. Deguzman says:

    Mungodananafe alhomwefe. Chapondatu ndi bulldozer. Opposition musachepere nkaba.

  6. LUhana says:

    Gentlemen, can we for a moment comment objectively coz attacking personalities would not help the country Malawi, WHILE am not comfortable with the appointment of the duo, let us give them benefit of doubt because May 20 is closer.

    Chaponda is emotional and probably so is his deputy. I can smell a very chaotic August house deliberations.
    This is the time for the opposition to play their cards well coz the country is in dire straits economically, socially and why not politically

  7. DPP says:

    MTL Belt now useless guys the Midnight 6 reigning us its unfortunate

  8. Khondo says:

    MUlanje-Thyolo headless government. Amene anadyapo kalongonda sayenela kuyendetsa boma. Tinthu timene tija timafunika kudyibwa ndi anyani nchifukwa chake Mulanje-Thyolo govt sizidzayenda zinthu

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