Chakwera geared to reduce presidential powers soon – Spokesperson

President Lazarus Chakwera remains committed to letting go some of the presidential powers very soon,  State House has said.

Brian Banda:

According to presidential Presidential Press Secretary, Brian Banda, the Malawi leader has already instructed Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs to commence all due processes to facilitate the power cut.

Responding to questions on Monday during the bi-weekly State House press briefing, Banda said: “The President remains committed to this particular promise but he continues to undertake his duties as Chancellor of public universities as is provided for within the law.

“Once Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs finalizes this task, the process will proceed for Parliament where the matter will be deliberated accordingly.”

Prior to the 2019 nullified election, Chakwera said he was troubled about some ceremonial powers that Malawi leader wields and promised to shed off some of these once elected into office.

However, since assuming office President Chakwera has been installed as Chancellor for University of Malawi (Unima), Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Luanar) and recently Mzuzu University (Mzuni).

It is against these consecutive installations that some quarters of society have been raising fears that the President seems to be going against what he promised.

The Press Secretary highlighted that by proceeding with installations as Chancellor of public universities, the President is abiding by the country’s law thereby fulfilling the oath he took to defend the Constitution.

“As we wait for the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs and Parliament to exhaust their legal responsibilities on the matter, operations of universities need to go on without distraction,” he said.

Added Chakwera: “For instance we cannot put on hold graduation ceremonies simply because the reform process is underway. The President is obliged by law to undertake his duties.”

Banda further said that the President will soon be installed as Chancellor of Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST).

Chakwera inclusive, all six Malawi Presidents have served as Chancellor of public universities.

This means Chakwera’s stance is a break from a tradition that has guided the academia culture in the country for close to five decades.

The timing of this shift of administration also comes at a time the country’s oldest and largest university, Unima, is undergoing a delinking process that will create three independent universities.

The freedom for all these universities to install own Chancellors will mark a new era in managing affairs of tertiary education in the country. There is heightened hope that all these changes will improve both intake and quality of tertiary education the country.

Shedding off state control on academic institutions is a global in-thing as a majority of public universities have already shifted away from state footprint within their leadership.

Individual institutions are at liberty to appoint as Chancellors influential members of society such as retired politicians, civil servants, diplomats, religious and traditional leaders among others.

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Davan
Davan
4 months ago

Presidential powers won’t solve the economic problems Malawi is facing

Mbuzi kusi
Mbuzi kusi
4 months ago

We only see the actions and the talk, pliz stop taking us for granted, we can’t be hearing such rubbish since we voted you into power, you have no shame at all to hell with Chakwela, he seems to be a lip service president with nothing actionable to show, 8 months into power has have you been doing to enact those laws if you are indeed serious?

Wamasokosi
Wamasokosi
4 months ago
Reply to  Mbuzi kusi

Ironically this or such types of comments are also sickening. Every time we see people complaining about lip service. Can’t you also just pause and wait for action? We are also tired of hearing you make the same complaint over and over and again and again.

Ngoni
Ngoni
4 months ago

Don’t just she’d ceremonial powers. For Malawi to change and progress, the president should not be appointing heads of MBC, police, army, anticorruption etc.

Bwana Wanga
Bwana Wanga
4 months ago

Chakwera should stop the excessive expenditure by State Residences. How can it be justified in a small country like Malawi for the President to have State Residences in Lilongwe, Blantyre, Chikopo Bay, Mzuzu. Waste of state funds, whilst hospitals and schools crumble. Look at the University in Zomba -it’s crumbling too.

Last edited 4 months ago by Bwana Wanga
Kudya katatu patsiku
Kudya katatu patsiku
4 months ago

He pretends not to enjoy the glamour that presidential powers wields.

Khekhi
Khekhi
4 months ago

Next time we hear about this should be that the presidential powers have been reduced. This is now sounding like a broken record… It’s now annoying.. Just do it already!

Last edited 4 months ago by Khekhi
Kay
Kay
4 months ago

Shit man just do it. Same story every week

Joni
Joni
4 months ago
Reply to  Kay

You are not the only reader….tangodutsanipo anzanu anyuwani awerenge….you can’t control the media regarding what to present to the public…pumbwa iwe!!

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