VP Chilima tops Cabinet performance rating, APM advised to chop ‘dead wood’ – Malawi newspaper

Malawi Vice President Dr.Saulos Chilima has received praise from one of the country’s oldest media groups when the Sunday Times  newspaper described him as ‘the only star performer’ in a cabinet assessment the paper conducted.

Chilima scored highly in Sunday Times cabinet assessment

Chilima scored highly in Sunday Times cabinet assessment

Chilima scored 80 percent (8/10) in the rating while some ministers including Foreign Affairs George Chaponda scored as low as 20 percent as the paper urged them to stand up and go to work.

President Peter Mutharika who scored 50 percent with an advice that  “there was still way to go to be good, sir”.

“Despite his shortfalls, Mutharika who in our opinion is a transactional leader, is just an average performer. The sooner he reshuffles his politically oriented cabinet by dropping some dead wood and the tired ministers by hiring goal getters who can spur economic transformation the better,” advised the paper.

On Chilima, the paper commended him for the strong leadership he has shown at the Department of Disaster Management Affairs which he heads, saying during the 2015 flood disaster he showed an enviable and unprecedented leadership.

“Systems were working, communication was in sufficient supply and the daily press briefings to update  the nation on the latest development  was commendable in as far as government information is concerned,” said the paper.

The cabinet assessment also praised Chilima for the coordination of both international and local relief aid which were successfully distributed to the beneficiaries without any case of theft or misallocation.

The paper also praised Chilima for focused leadership on public sector reforms, saying slowly but surely people are accepting that time has come for the nation to reform and change the way we have always conducted business.

The paper said there is political will and determination on the reforms which is a sign that for the first time the reforms could actually work if the government keeps the momentum.

“What has happened at Road Traffic is a clear example of a strong and focused leadership and how as a nation we should learn to put our foot down on ideas that in the long run will benefit the nation without thinking politics or the next election. Good leaders never rescind decisions or sit on the fence when there is public outrage but work to correct the situation,” said the paper.

The VP’s performance is not a surprise for many for his well known as workaholic and a no nonsense manager who produces results with focus and determination.

As Chilima scored highest some Ministers scored very poorly that included Bright Msaka of Energy, Natural Resources and Mining (2/10), Foregn Affairs Dr. George Chaponda (2/10) and Information Minister JappieMhango (3/10) and fading and aging star Finance Minister GoodalGondwe who scored a miserable 30 percent.

Minister of Industry and Trade Joseph Mwanamvekha came second to the VP scoring 70 percent while Transport Minister Francis Kusaila and Lands Minister AtupeleMuluzi scored 50 percent each.

Since its introduction, most Malawians take Sunday Times’ cabinet assessment seriously especially this one  which has come at a time when government is failing to inspire hope of transformational leadership which the DPP promised during the campaign trail.

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We need a youthful finance minister then kwacha can regain its strength


Because he is new blood in the cabinet. What do u expect of the atinke nawo, atidye nawo like Chaponda? APM please we need new blood like Chilima, ankhalakalewo akungofuna kudya nawo basi kuopa kukalima kumudzi.

BRAVO SAULOS, we knew it! Unayera ndi mtima womwe man!


Inu Musamupweteketse Saulos. Stop writing things about him ,haters are not breathing well with this. Tamulekani. Psalms 91 and Psalm 71 for Dr Chilima.


Time for the youth to reign!!! Bravo Chilima! Just keep it cool as you have always done. These others seem to be no longer relevant. This is your country ….so love it!!!


Abale mumuthyoletsa khosi Saulos alomwe ake amenewa oti amadana naye kale ndiye amutani kaya

Collins Misomal

Chilima all the way…..


What do you expert when you elect a president who after. Spending almost all his life in the states but still has not got a clue on how to do the basic things if Malawians want a better lifestyle of basis living standard kick out that fool you guys call a president and make the vice head of state he is the best man to take Malawi forward

george jones filiyamu
george jones filiyamu

George jones filiyamu

Yes this is just a subjected issue not based on the matter of fact but being biased towards one’s personal aims chilichose chili bobo your settings was a 100% wrong that’s why it comes with an inherent problem yet no one has a PROBLEM


Mwanamvekha is a perfomer, I remember how rebranded MSB into a good bank


To say the truth we need more Chilimas in Malawi and not Chapondas.

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