Malawi President and leader of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), Bingu Wa Mutharika has sacked from his position, Noel Masangwi,the s regional governor for the south, Nyasa Times can reveal.
The firing of the vocal regional party boss happened last Sunday, the day same day Mutharika replaced his military officer – Aide De Camp Desmond Chawanda.
Party sources say Mutharika is trying to rejuvenate the governing party and government structure in order to breathe a new lease life into this southern African country that has been dogged by economic, political and governance problems for almost two years now.
Nyasa Times sources say Mutharika’s decision to relieve Masangwi of his duties has been communicated to him and he has since stopped working for the party.
“Currently, senior party officials and the President have been meeting in order to identify a new regional governor for the south,” said our party source.
The source said that no reason was given for the firing of Masangwi although many people feel was doing the party more harm than good in a region seen at the DPP’s stronghold.
“The president and the party were concerned a lot because of Masangwi’s militant approach to party issues in the region that has brought shame to the ruling party and the president,” said our source who also sits in the DPP’s National Governing Council.
Before his sacking from the position of regional governor, Masangwi has been in the news of late for all wrong reasons.
Two years ago, he attracted a wrath of women rights activists in Malawi when he declared that the country was not ready to vote for a female president.
He was also in the news recently that he owes the tax collection body, the Malawi Revenue Authority millions of kwachas in unpaid custom duties.
Masangwi is also said to be one of the people behind ugly acts from the party on the public. He is said to be one of the people ordering the party cadets to petrol bomb some houses and attack those deemed critical of government.