Chakwera fires Energy Minister Newton Kambala
Malawi President Dr Lazarus Chakwera has fired the embattled Minister of Energy Newton Kambala barely hours after the Magistrate Court in Lilongwe granted his bail.
Kambala’s dismissal from the Cabinet should be an exciting news for local civil society organizations such as the National Anti-Corruption Alliance (NACA), which yesterday called for his immediate firing.
The former minister, alongside Enock Chihana of the Alliance for Democracy (AFORD) and Presidential Advisor on Strategy Chris Chaima Banda, faces the charge of conspiracy to make a public officer to abuse public office by attempting to influence NOCMA Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Hellen Buluma, to prioritise three specific companies in the fuel importation deals late last year.
They all deny the charge.
This notwithstanding, President Chakwera has dismissed Kambala from the Cabinet.
In a statement issued a short while ago, Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Zanga-Zanga Chikhosi says in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by Section 95 (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, Chakwera has removed Kambala from the Cabinet as a Cabinet member with effect from today, 11th August 2021.
Chikhosi says following this change to the Cabinet, all ministerial powers, functions and responsibilities of the Ministry of Energy shall vest in and be exercised by the President.
“Therefore, all queries or matters requiring attention of the Minister of Energy should be directed to the Office of the President and Cabinet,” says the statement.
In court, ACB Director General Martha Chizuma disclosed that the Bureau has already obtained conscent from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to proceed with prosecution.
Eya amene sakulondoloza apite. Zizolowezi za nnalholowa. Anthu akakhala pa mpando yonona basi kuyenga dziko ndi anthu omwe kuwaika mmakabudula basi zinthu kumangobwerera mbuyo.
Dzana anthu amagulitsa nkhuku 35 pin
Samousa mmodzi 3 pin. Mwambo olo unfiti!!!!!
It was all setup.
Let us wait and see. Justice will prevail in the end. Malawi courts cannot be bribed or setup.
Congratulations Mr President, that is the way to go – quick action always! And your advisor on strategy, Chris Chaima Banda? Get rid of him quickly too. The two are bad apples. But Mr president, do not, at a later stage, apologise to Kambala saying ‘I was misled by the people who are jealous of you and do not like you’! It would be a sign of weakness. Also, get rid of all the bad apples in your government as they are sabotaging your plans and also tarnishing your name. All the best Mr president.
Its good the minister has been relieved of his position. Let the trio prove ACB wrong the point in court of law and also to prove the point.
Following the whole fuel issue, one should expect more arrests of other big fishes from the government side. Justice must not be selective for political or personal reasons but should be exercised
It means newtown is no longer a minister.
Firing him not yet enough I can see the big fish caught
It’s straight forward…how can he be a Minister with his behaviours.
Ministry of Health,mako kuli makola Yai.
Where are these strong stories stand…..?