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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25 thoughts on “PP hails Mutharika on maintaining lean cabinet: Calls for more Malawi women appointments”

  1. MAPWEVUPWEVU says:

    BIG UP MY LEADER

  2. yaz yaz says:

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

  3. John Zenus Ungapeke Tembo says:

    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 .

  4. khuere says:

    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

  5. Kalithera says:

    Kodi chi zimayi cholalata cha mu MCP chiti bwanji ?

  6. wangonde says:

    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.

  7. Analisti wamkulu says:

    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.

  8. Mayeso Miyala says:

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

  9. Mayeso Miyala says:

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

  10. Malemu t/a Bvumbwe pp says:

    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.

  11. Moyenda Kachaso Zimwere says:

    Thumbs up ken demonstrating his Christianity and political maturity. Osamangosusa poti ndinu chipani chotsutsa. Ngati munthu wachita bwino kumayamika si za akabwila Jesse angotukana tukana. Komatu zanzeru wanena msondazi muonatu ena a pp ziwanyansa ndale zongosutsa chilichonse poti ndinu chipani chotsutsa zinatha.

  12. Monseriwa says:

    Well done Mr Msonda. This is what is lucking in Malawian politics. However,

  13. afana fula says:

    This is splendid, mr msonda! your input is fabulous

  14. Patriot says:

    We are getting poor by day.
    Useless mapwevupwevu leader.
    Mafuta a galimoto ndi awa akwere ndi 14 kwacha pa 100 kwacha.
    Nde tibvutikanso kwambiri.
    U pulofesa wapa kamwa basi, za zi

  15. Muhilima says:

    This is good mr Nsomba Malawi is for us all. Let me urge all politicians to emulate what Mr Nsonda has done God Bless,

  16. Aubrey Norman says:

    That is good idea from Mr Nsonda if some one is doing good things we must encourage the person as Mr Nsonda did,Lets put our mind togather as Malawians so that our Country can develop.

  17. Yatota Yatota says:

    Dr peter Kumpalume is a good catch in cabinet. Congrats to Prof APM for the wise choice.

  18. mj says:

    WAIT FOR ANOTHER MGWIRIZANO COALLITION HERE.It will be DPP/PP/UDF

  19. Dr Mrs Ben Phiri Mutharika says:

    What about tribalism and regionalism tendencies in this government

  20. Tili Chenene says:

    Real maturity as integrity being displayed here. Thumb up for Msonda.

  21. foster says:

    same same

  22. Challo says:

    Congrts!!!!
    Spirit of maturity, is what will take this country to greater heights.
    Let us all congratulate MSONDA

  23. golo says:

    Of all big politicians in PP Msonda has remained loyal unlike others like Brown Mpinganjira who has betrayed his president JB by ditching her. And when a comment from Msonda comes in appreciating APM for his lean cabinet stance policy it means a lot to APM personally and his Govt. Msonda is known for attacking Govt left , right and centre but now he has praised it at least on cabinet appointment….that’s a sign of maturity Msonda and this is how its supposed to be when somebody has done a good thing

  24. drogba says:

    msonda, that’s maturity, commending where its due. I hope this commendation is sincere (bola tisamve mwajoina, nanga PP iliponso ngati??)

  25. mapapaya says:

    This is what has been lacking in our democracy. To give praise where it is due. Best ever comment to govt from Nsonda , I like the constructive criticism.

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