President Joyce Banda’s new 23-member cabinet with 9 deputies has seen many ministers in the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which was under the late president Bingu wa Mutharika kicked out.
Casualties include the late president’s brother Peter who was Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and anointed heir together with his deputy Kondwani Nankhuma.
Close friend of the late Mutharika, George Chaponda who was minister of Education has also been sacked.
Garrulous Patricia Kaliati who was government spokesperson and Information Minister was the first casualty as she was dropped before the President trimmed the cabinet.
Kaliati, DPP’s second deputy president Yunus Mussa who was also Minister of Lands and Luscious Kanyumba who was minister of Labour all have been left out.
Other ministers shown the exit door are Henry Mussa who was minister of Local Government and Rural Development and was also chairperson of the ministerial committee for the funeral of Mutharika.
Goodall Gondwe has been sacked as Minister of Energy and Symon Vuwa Kaunda at Sports.
Dr. Jean Kalilani who was minister of Health and Kingsley Namakhwa who was deputy minister of Agriculture have all been frozen.
Aaron Sangala is another victim; he was minister of Home Affairs and verbose Nicholas Dausi who was deputy minister in the Office of the President and Cabinet.
All ministers who attempted to rape the Constitution to deny Joyce Banda the presidency after Mutharika’s death have been kicked out. They face charges for attempted constitutional coup.
Banda, who assumed power on April 7 after the death of president Bingu wa Mutharika two days earlier, retained several veterans from the party of her predecessor, with whom she and many stalwarts had fallen out over succession plans
Mutharika had expelled Banda from his ruling party in a bitter succession battle, as he chose to groom his brother Peter as heir apparent.
Last year she formed her own People’s Party and became a vocal critic of Mutharika’s handling of the economy.
Banda, who has stressed “reconciliation” following Mutharika’s death, also named several opposition figure including son of pro-democracy activist late Chakufwa Chihana – Enock, who is Youth and Sports Minister.
Upcoming politician Atupele Muluzi, the son of former president Bakili Muluzi who handed over power to Mutharika in 2004 and has been campaigning vigorously for the 2014 presidential elections, was named minister of economic planning and development.
Former finance minister Ken Kandodo, a grand-nephew of Malawi’s founder Kamuzu Banda, is the new defence minister.
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