Cabinet reshuffle looms in Malawi: APM wants to appoint 2nd VP

Anxiety has gripped government official and ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) over a looming cabinet reshuffle amid revelations that United Democratic Front (UDF) and some opposition lawmakers have been pencilled in the proposed changes and that the President may appoint a second vice president.

President Mutharika and Minister Atupele: Agenda for close working relation
President Mutharika and Minister Atupele: Agenda for close working relation

President Peter Mutharika has the prerogative of reshuffling his cabinet and no government official said cannot comment on behalf of the appointing authority.

State House sources say Mutharika wants the position of second vice president be re-introduced, with the holder enjoying equal privileges and other conditions as the incumbent state vice president, Saulos Chilima.

There has been fevered speculation on social media that Minister of Energy Atupele Muluzi is preferred to be named Second Vice President and that three of UDF members will make into cabinet.

UDF recently requested the Speaker to relocate its 14 MPs to government benches to reflect the governing pact of the two parties and the Attorney General (AG) Kalekeni Kaphale has advised Speaker of Parliament Richard Msowoya that UDF can join DPP on government benches .

The impeccable sources confided in Nyasa Times that some of the ministers set to be dropped include Minister of Information Kondwani Nankhumwa, minister of Labour Henry Mussa and Minister of Home Affairs Paul Chibingu.

Others sources indicated that, Jappie Mhango, Grace Obama Chiumia, Allan Chembekeza  are likely to dropped .

But the miniters  were said to be canvassing to be reappointed.

Also being courted is Malawi Parliament’s Budget and Finance Committee chairperson Alekeni Wodala Menyani   of Malawi Congress Party and People’s Party  Mzomera Ngwira and Harry Mkandawires. It is not yet known if they will hired in cabinet.

There is also tension in DPP over the reintroduction of second vice president post and the party rank and file is opposing to the move.

The only holder of the second vice president position was the late Chakufwa Chihana, the then leader of the Alliance for Democracy (Aford). The republican constitution was amended during the second term of the former Head of State Bakili Muluzi to create the position of second vice president and Chihana was appointed on the premise of enhancing national unity.

But the reintroduction of second vice president will defeat the essence of austerity in the lean cabinet, observers noted.

The government is desperate for donor funding to turn around the economy and there has been a so-called “new friends” foreign policy to look at East and other countries such as Russia and North Korea.

Of late there has been a growing list of the President’s aides forced out of State House.

President Mutharika’s aide-de-camp (ADC) Lieutenant Colonel Fostino Gunda-Phiri was on Monday removed from his position joining presidential press secretary Frederick Ndala, presidential secretary Hilda Chapola, personal assistant to the First Lady, Philomena Kasambwe, deputy guard commander a Mr. Chikhungu and second deputy guard commander a Mr. Kabambe out of State House.

The President’s guard commander Duncan Mwapasa is also out of State House after being appointed as Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Malawi Police Service.

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MPOTOPHWANYE
MPOTOPHWANYE
7 years ago

Funny idiots

Idriss Idrissa
7 years ago

Ndikuyamikireni APeter umoyo wanu ndi wabwino limbikirani kugwira ntchito ndi azipani ena musakhale wozikonda ngati malemu achimwene anu,akadukao ndi ozikondao asiyeni.

Smadav
Smadav
7 years ago

Mr president why do u want to spill the beans?

EYE WITNESSES
EYE WITNESSES
7 years ago

Chilima…….blend yourself in MCP we have known that you can deliver. We shall finish off DPP/UDF. Have a few structures in the South and North. We are done.

MEKE
7 years ago

MR PRESIDENT ;PEOPLE NEED DEVELOPMENT OUT THERE NOT VPS OR ADVISORS WHATS WRONG WITH YOU PETER ???

mbani
7 years ago

Country full of Idiots

Kaduka athe.
7 years ago

A Peter musamvele anthu osafunira zabwino dziko, kodi anthunu mungobwebweta mukufuna dziko lizisaukabe? Chomwe mudziwe ndichakuti ndale samadya mwamva. MUTU UMODZI SUSENZA DENGA. Morefire Peter.

Kaduka athe.
7 years ago

The trueth is time for politics has gone, now is the time of development. A Peter? Maso patsogolo. Atupele? Maso !patsogolo mwamau ako aja MUTU UMODZI SUSANNA DENGA. A Peter yendetsani dzikollli

ine joyce
ine joyce
7 years ago

Having a second vp will be suicide for your party. Ben and Bakili are misleading you. Without Atupele coz you are better on your own. 4 years is soon ndipo alas my son

Chitseko
Chitseko
7 years ago

Kod Malawi azingolamuliridwa ndi a muluz & a mutharikb basi?tinene kut ozidziwa kwambri malawi yonse inu nd iwowa?zamkhutu!

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