Reform officials set to trim Malawi presidential powers

Officials running the Public Sector Reform Program say they have completed a process that would trim the powers of the President.

Nthambala:  Trimming excessive presidential powers

Nthambala: Trimming excessive presidential powers

Nwazi Nthambala, Public Sector Reforms Management Unit’s  Principal Secretary  told Zodiak radio Wednesday that her office has completed the process of trimming the presidential powers but she could not say the proposed powers that need to be trimmed from President Peter Mutharika and his successors.

However, some quarters have expressed concern over the President’s continued appointments of the Clerk of Parliament and graft busting body, the Anti Corruption Bureau director.

Nthambala said people should have patience as after completing the process, the proposed changes have been sent to relevant government bodies to initiate legislation change.

She mentioned a number of changes that came as a result of the reforms which included payment of teachers’ salaries on time.

The reformists called for a meeting with civil rights groups in the country to update them on the progress of the reform process.

One of the activists Moses Mkandawire of church and society of the Livingstonia Synod commended the reform programme for the meeting but said there was need to reach out to the marginalised poor ordinary people in villages as well apart from the usual meetings in red carpet hotel rooms.

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33 thoughts on “Reform officials set to trim Malawi presidential powers”

  1. What excessive powers this lady is talking about? Then who will hold those powers once it has been trimmed from the president.

  2. Chenda says:

    It will be of great importance to make a slight research if it happened overseas or in our neighbouring countries that the Powers of the President were once trimmed. What about those of our Chiefs? If the research findings indicate that it happened elsewhere and proofs presented provide good results, then we need to make sure that our Presidential leaders are equiped with authority with which to lead the Malawian Nation.

  3. Juliana Kanthiti Lunguzi says:

    A certain employee elsewhere had similar motives against his boss. He made his boss dance the music. Next time he was the boss. Guess what happened? Do not target APM otherwise you will be the one who will cry tomorrow. You don’t get promoted by demoting someone, somebody said!

  4. C Mataya says:

    Ine ndimangotopa ndi kudikirira pa nsewu over one hour kuti apresident adutse. if that is a symbol of power can it be removed. palibe chifukwa choti aziopa. We elected him and he is recognized as such. Let’s not waste our doing something will not bear any fruits.

  5. Katchende ka walter says:

    Reform yopanda retrenchment ngati iyi sindinayiwone ineyo. Kodi chilima nzeru alibe adangoyera eti. Kungosintha Ps kukhala chief director grade yomweyo salary yomweyo ndi reform imeneyo? Chilima angopusitsa Peter basi. Kikiki. Useless govt.

  6. Hamza Wotch says:

    Zinthu zikusinthadi?!mpaka kuchepetsa mphavu ya president?tiziona.

  7. Dr Haswel P Bandawe says:

    1. It is strange that the exercise of such importance is being done in secrecy.
    2. Was there no country-wide consultations on the areas of Predential powers that should be changed? Does this not require s constitutional amendment?

  8. Trimming the predidentisl poeers mot dnouhh, please trim the powers of the so “called ruling party”we are im multipartism and decidionx get drodded st csbinent level where debated are do shallow only based on part_like causes,dhame!!

  9. maganizo says:

    kulipira teachers in time and timing power any relationship please school me,
    appointments must end. interviews must take place osati kukatenga n0 3 kusiya no 1 and 2.

  10. AKA NYAKWAWA says:

    whatever mukweze malipiro isamangokweza fees. tilipira ndichani

  11. Fitta Chipeta says:

    The world can hate the northerners but God is with them. One day we will be under Jesus regime and no tribolism, come Lord and bring Justice.

  12. Jimbo says:

    Just trim the President and elect a new one who has the brains to run the country properly.
    APM is totally out of his depth.

  13. kaka says:

    Why trim the powers now. where were whe muluzi bingu and joice banda were in power?

  14. bolero says:

    I feel payments of teachers salary on time does not fall in the bracket of reform as it Is dependent on government liquidity. As such all so called reforms are gimmicks.

  15. Che Sipindulo says:

    If you trim powers of the President we will have no leader. A leader has to have powers to lead. He cannot just be a figure head. What we need is credible leader not Malefulefu. Trimming powers will only bring more problems.

  16. MAN KENYA says:

    While I do not advocate for the President to be left as a mere figure/puppet without any powers, I at the same time would wish that certain sensitive duties to like that of the clerk of parliament among many more be delegated to certain committees to vet and get the most qualified one with a clean record. We should however be wary of witch-hunting in the the power trimming process.

  17. Chenda says:

    The President is supposed to have all the powers considering that we are in the democratic type of government. Trimmed powers would somehow suit dectatorship. The only requirement would be how to utilise the powers skillfully.

  18. Rasta says:

    It is only Idiots who r motivated by personal vandetta against the DPP and the Mutharika’s most of these western useful idiots r from the north no wonder chifukwa chake Kamuzu ankakukhomelelani.Munkakamba zomwezo m’mene Bingu anali Boma koma m’mene anadzangomwalila nonse kuti chete and soon after his death Bakili Muluzi was intervewed on mbc TV and he said the ‘Presidential powers r not too much’ that clearly means no need to trim Presidential powers.

  19. Chenda says:

    Best way is that powers can be delegated to subordinates and not trimmed.

  20. Katchende ka walter says:

    Kodi iwe nthambala uli pa banja? Ngati ayi ndikukwatire u are fucken beautiful

  21. chikuwawe says:

    Folks, after borrowing a leaf from long term democracies like the UK and America, the Malawi constitution gives ‘powers’ to the elected president to appoint heads of important institutions like the ACB, NA, Judiciary, civil service etc. It is called ‘kulamulira’. In turn the president is appointed (aka elected) by voters. If u want backdoor powers just say so. Musiyeni munthu alamule, zimvute yekha if people appointed by him do not perform. Stop this nonsense and put your mind to better use otherwise this country will not prosper.

  22. Owen singini says:

    THE INFAMOUS ‘QUOTA SYSTEM’ MUST BE ABOLISHED IMMEDIATELY. NO NEED FOR DISCUSSION ON THIS ONE. THE PROBLEM IS THAT THE DIRECT VICTIMS HAVE NO SAY ON THE MATTER. VERY SAD.

  23. Tribalism behind this says:

    Power should be taken from the president so that wakwithu msowoya should employ fellow wankwithu as clerk of Parliament? Nyika People, musamatitopetse with your tribalism

  24. choka phiri says:

    The president is not The only person in government. President representanter People. Hej can not be everything. The jobbet o parlament is tog vore positions ofta highly pointed persons like ABC Treasuary etc. President has power of arm and Police. But he can not point all bosses because some of Therese people he does not know The and risk of giving Jobs tog historia own optimal party as The case is in Malawi. Its makes The nation ineffective. Its called NEPOTISM. Its familj and fiendskap without god qualifications. Its not good for The nation. We should think of Malawi not a president. He is.cjosen by us and Its not permanent. Malawians politics is a 5 year job. Why valuring polotician as If The are God. Its our nation all. Read Mandela words. We are not like westerners Who know what The want from their politician. Malawians should leran democracy in schools like in Europe. All our politician has never learnt politics deology. They want to join there is money to steal. They are failures in their pld field and politics is The only way to make Quick money. PRESIDENT does not own people he representanter people.

  25. Tione says:

    Adulidwe mchila basi akuyerekedwa mtchonayu. Iyaaaa. Mxiew!

  26. kent says:

    Mrs Trimming Power are you the one who trims or trimmed or trimming powers.The answer is if you are the one responsible for the increase of presidential powers i assume you are in a right position to do that.Am afraid you have nothing to contribute to the country rather that your stupid selfishness that will enrich youself by deceiting stupid villagers.As someone who follows issues i think your calls are baseless and stupid.

  27. Kalulu phiri says:

    Koma ndiyedi kuli MaReform…Nwazi Nthambala wayela chonchi…She was very dark in complexion

  28. blessing lipengs says:

    Kingsley! what have you smoked ?

  29. Fraction says:

    Don’t worry, these same changes will torment the greedy and selfish who would themselves never permit their powers to be trimmed.

  30. The Analyst says:

    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    Mind your language, so says Sir Jeremy Brown n Miss Courtney . . .

    The word “reduce presidential powers” is not appropriate; for not only does it scintillate a narrowness of focus but also carries negative connotation hence at variance with timing of the exercise as some misguided minds think it’s being done against the incumbent. Precisely, had the word been “revise” or “review” or any neutral one, the focus would have been broader hence implied increasing the powers also, where necessary e.g. declaring implicitly or explicitly that deputy ministers are useless e.t.c.
    ……………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………
    . . . Now, if you can’t come up with an appropriate word for your exercise, should we assume you are hiding the right catch in your bag (as you refuse to reveal out now)? I wish you had consulted widely as to what society thinks are some of the presidential office’s roles that need revision.
    . . . I hope you haven’t just focused on ACB Director hence forgotten the appointment of the Reserve Bank Governor n Deputy Governors; which, since its the president doing it, thus political, the central bank’s independence hence efficient implementation of monetary policy, is compromised.
    . . . The appointment of Secretary to the Treasury, the Budget Director, not forgetting ministers, which always sees useless people in, when if done on merit (interviews e.t.c) and not politicised; Malawi could benefit even more; e.t.c.
    …………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

  31. Kingsley says:

    Mind U U Are Not Trimming Z Powers Of Muthalika And Chilima Either Subtracting Or Adding Z Wisdom Of Leadership In Malawi.Historically We Are All Foreighners Of This Land.Others Say We Should Learn From Magufuli(tanzania)is There Any Difference With Beautify Malawi?So It Seems Malawians We Are Not Following What Is Happening. We Had Youth Week Project It Was Trimmed.If We Are Not Careful One Day Malawi Will Be A Colony Of One Of Z Neighbouring Countries.Allow People To Visit Their Neighbouring Countries And See What Is Happening. They Will Not Waste Time Trimming Powers Of Leaders Instead They Will Pump In Means And Ways Of Development.Amen

  32. jokes says:

    power must not trimmed.

  33. Chekambewa says:

    when you reduce the presidential powers ndiye mufuna azilamulira ndani? some of these things are done in bad faith. lets wait and see you will see when someone from oppossition takes over in the future zizamukhamanso kuiwala kuti munali patsogolo kupysepyselezera reduction of powers. Who told you that the powers of the dad and mum can be reduced or powers of the CEO

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