PP hails Mutharika on maintaining lean cabinet: Calls for more Malawi women appointments

The opposition Peoples Party (PP) has hailed President Peter Mutharika for retaining a lean cabinet in the recent reshuffle that saw two ministers dropped and others switched positions.

Rare meeting: PP's Ken Msonda with government chief spy  Nicholous Dausi and MCP's Jessie Kabwila

Rare meeting: PP’s Ken Msonda with government chief spy Nicholous Dausi and MCP’s Jessie Kabwila

Mutharika, in a cabinet reshuffle on Monday, dropped Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Paul Chibingu and Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Tarcicius Gowelo after weeks of speculation about corrupt practices.

And in a statement made available to Nyasa Times, PP commended Mutharika for retaining the 20-man cabinet but urged the country’s leader to increase the women representation in his cabinet.

“We would like to commend HE Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika for maintaining a lean Cabinet. It is the prerogative of the Head of State to reshuffle Cabinet and we believe it is done in good faith for the good of the country. PP congratulates those newly hired into the Cabinet and look forward to
their contribution as they serve the nation,’’ reads in part the statement signed by PP’s Publicity Secretary, Ken Msonda.

Msonda defended Mutharika’s move to drop Chibingu and Gowelo from cabinet, saying it is the President’s decision to choose who to serve the country under ministerial positions.

“As for those left out; not fired as put by media houses, we commend them for serving the country well; being left out of Cabinet does not mean they failed to deliver but it pleased the hiring authority, state President to give chance to others to serve the nation through Cabinet appointment”.

Mutharika during the reshuffle retained three female ministers, Patricia Kaliati, Grace Obama Chiumia and Jean Kalilani, who have been in cabinet since he took over the reins of power in May, 2014.

Kaliati was retained as Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare while Kalilani was moved to Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security. Chiumia also retained her position as Minister of Sports and Culture.

However, Msonda said PP expected Mutharika to increase the number of women in the cabinet in line with government policies on gender and women empowerment.

Most ministers in their portfolios including those of finance, education, foreign affairs, justice, and gender were retained.

In the cabinet reorganization, Mutharika moved Kalilani from Ministry of Health to the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security replacing United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele
Muluzi who is now Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

Mutharika has also changed the government spokesman garrulous Kondwani Nankhumwa, appointing Jappie Mhango as the new Minister of Information, Tourism and Civic Education. Nankhumwa has been moved to become Minister of Local Government and Rural Development.
Mutharika has also appointed new deputy minister, Malison Ndau at defence.

The new Minister of Health is cabinet debutant Dr. Peter Kampalume, MP a close ally of President’s communication and strategy aide, Bright Malopa.

This is the second time Mutharika has reshuffled his cabinet since winning the May 20 2014 tripartite elections.

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MAPWEVUPWEVU
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BIG UP MY LEADER

yaz yaz
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ndi nkhani yabwino ndithu, pempho langa ndilakuti tiyeni tigwire ntchito ngati otumikira

John Zenus Ungapeke Tembo
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John Zenus Ungapeke Tembo

Ine ndindani posayamikira izo achita a abwana president . Ukutu ndiye timati kukodza dziko
Osati lero wanena izi mawa nauchita zina . Ineyo ndikuti Peter dziko kodzana basi . Ndipo pasapezeke ndimodzi yemwe wa kongolesi wobvutitsa inu . You have my blessings .

khuere
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yes that is good MR NSONDA but am very douting with thise people appointed are they good for thise possitions as to compair from the ones changed

Kalithera
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Kodi chi zimayi cholalata cha mu MCP chiti bwanji ?

wangonde
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patriot,ngati sukusatila zimene zikuchitika paziko uchedwaponazo ndinso bwino ungomwalila uzauke mafuta ndichina chilichonse chitasika.ubukata basi. he worked hard to be aprofessor osati mafuta okwela akowo.uswetukwendapasi tulimye.wechisiwana uwe.

Analisti wamkulu
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Ndakaika.Msonda anasauka kwabasi.Mukuona Pano wamvala leather jacket ya black.Amayi sapeza munthu mu Pp.Money must have changed hands.People in Malawi are in politics for money not serve the downtrodden impoverished Malawians.Look at Msonda clearly,kakukhala ngati kankhuku kamene kanagwera mmadzi ndipo akavuula.Koma umphawi sichinthu chabwino.Apa PP ndiye yatheratu.Ku Malawi kuti zinthu zikuyendere,you have to make alot of noise to be noticed.We have known some mbutumas during Bingus time who used to make alot of noise and now are rewarded with lucrative positions elsewhere to silence them despite with no proper qualifications.

Mayeso Miyala
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My PP my spokesperson. Good job ken msonda mwatichotsa manyazi.

Mayeso Miyala
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My PP my spokesperson!
Mwatichotsa manyazi, good job ken msonda.

Malemu t/a Bvumbwe pp
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Malemu t/a Bvumbwe pp

I can’t believe this is from pp spokesman ken msonda if it is true then he has demonstrated that he is a matured politician.

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