Chakwera appoints more advisers: Lucius Banda gets State House post

President Lazarus Chakwera has appointed more  special advisers in his office which includes Lucius Banda, a well known music icon in Malawi.

Lucius Banda: Special aide of President Chakwera

Banda, musician-turned-politician, has been appointed as special adviser on arts and youth at State House.

He is a member of the UTM Party which is in the Tonse Alliance led government.

State House director of communication and executive assistant to the President Sean Kampondeni confirmed the new appointments , saying State House  will announce on Sunday.

On Lucius Banda, Kampondeni  could  not shed light on his appointments but hinted it will be announced formally with others on Sunday.

Banda shot to fame when he released music denouncing the rule of the late Hastings Kamuzu Banda.

When the long time ruler lost Malawi’s first multi-party elections in 1994, Lucius Banda commonly known as ‘Soldier of the poor’ continued his music crusade by criticising Kamuzu Banda’s successor, Bakili Muluzi.

But the musician then entered parliament as a member of Muluzi’s United Democratic Front (UDF) party.

He then ruffled the feathers when he released two albums criticising Muluzi’s successor, Bingu wa Mutharika, who quit the UDF after falling out with Muluzi and formed Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Later on Banda moved a motion in parliament proposing procedures to impeach the president.

Shortly afterwards, the authorities arrested him over allegations that he forged a school certificate that enabled him to stand for parliament.

He was convicted and sentenced to 21 months in jail with hard labour.

Lucius Banda later won his parliamentary seat again under UDF ticket before he dumped the party which had gone to political bed with DPP. He then joined UTM where he is campaign director.

On Saturday, State House announced appointment of broadcaster Brian Banda of Times Media as  presidential Press Secretary.

Other presidential appointments at State House include Overstone Kondowe, Rev Brian Kamwendo, Sheikh Hashim Abbas, Major Precious Mahara Gausi, Martha Chikuni and Solomon Kavuta.

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Phiri
Phiri
9 months ago

All the best bwana L Banda

Wawa
Wawa
9 months ago

What’s the purpose of having inflated number of advisors?

Nabetha
Nabetha
9 months ago

Mr soldier kuti wa wa waaaaaaaaaaa, woyeeeee!!

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
9 months ago

Yes the advisers are well experienced as they once served in the commission whose was to look into circumstances surrounding the death of Matafale the reggae as some are said to have pushed Rodwell Munyenyembe into early death

Mzika
9 months ago

HAPPY TO HEAR THAT BANDA HAS BEEN GIVEN A POST.

Ndadabwa
Ndadabwa
9 months ago

Is Chakwera an employer now? Who is supposed to recruit people in government positions? The Pesident? Did these people attend interviews or not? What does corruption mean, is it only about Money? No. Malawi needs a very strong trusted structure in how its run. Chakwera should start making good policies for the country and not filling position that should be left to the other departments.

mtete
9 months ago
Reply to  Ndadabwa

Do we advertise for Presidential Advisors? This is the President’s prelogative my friend.

Edson
Edson
9 months ago
Reply to  Ndadabwa

kkkkkkkk there will never be vacancy of presidential advisers my friend. Government doesn’t work like that.

Ngodya zinayi Nokha Alliance
Ngodya zinayi Nokha Alliance
9 months ago

azilangizi omwewa ngachiyani abuse? Too much is poisonous. Is this the beginning or the end of a million jobs that were promised the hordes of unemployed young people?

Mphwiyo
Mphwiyo
9 months ago

The more things change the more they remain the same. Same nonsense just being done by a different president.

Joseph Banda
Joseph Banda
9 months ago

Bwana Lucius Banda, a very accomplished Musician an business man DID YOU FORGET TO READ THEVERY INSPIRING ACTIONS OF SC Modeccai Msisha when turned down a ministerial position. With your business activities you were going to help in the creation of the 1 million jobs per annum. Your action has increased that to more than a million jobs. When you add job losses that will happen at MULLI BROTHERS due to harrasments and interruptions of his business to revenge, we are talking about impossibilities to create jobs. Please go back to your businesses and leave that to the young graduates… Read more »

Mdala
Mdala
9 months ago

For the sake of transparency we as taxpayers need to know on what conditions/ benefits this advisers are employed! With more the 30 ministers and increasing number of advisers you spend in end more than your predecessor! Efficiency is the key not quantity Mr President! Don’t
try to fulfil your 1million promise like this!

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