Chakwera hits at DPP: To rename ministry, says more women in Cabinet than any Malawi president

President Lazarus Chakwera  has defended the absence of a Ministry of Gender and Women, saying he has named more women in Cabinet than any president in the history of Malawi.

Agness Nyalonje is now the Minister of Education-pic by Lisa kadango
Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda is the Minister of Health-pic by Lisa Kadango
Minister Patricia Kaliati for Community development and social welfare which will be renamed to reflect Gender and Women.-Photo by Lisa Kadango

Gender activist Emma Kaliya had criticized President Chakwera  for not living up to the promise of 40 percent female representation.

Kaliya also pointed out that most women are deputy ministers and  described the cabinet as a raw deal.

In his 31-member Cabinet, President Chakwera just narrowly missed his target having appointed 12 female ministers, 38.7% of the Cabinet.

Speaking when the  presided over the swearing in of his Cabinet, President Chakwera ministry of community services which omitted Gender and Women held by UTM secretary general Patricia Kaliati  will be renamed.

“However, these are only absent in name, not in fact. While it may have been the practice of the previous administration [Democratic Progressive Party –DPP]  to neglect any areas not appearing on the cabinet list by name, that kind of tokenism is not part of the Tonse Philosophy. As a case in point, the [DPP]  indeed had a Ministry of Gender, but among its many failures was the failure to condemn and investigate the rape of women in a

village outside the capital despite having a cabinet portfolio,”  said Chakwera.

“Our approach is to place issues of gender and disability within the Ministry of Community

Development and Social Welfare with a fully empowered and resourced Principal Secretary solely dedicated to address them with a view to reaching specific measurable benchmarks.

“This is because our Tonse Philosophy compels us to move away from paying lip service to the plight of women, children, and persons with disability as a publicity stunt, and to

instead focus on alleviating that plight. Our commitment is to tackle these issues as a collective responsibility, not the responsibility of a single ministry,” said Chakwera.

The Malawi leader said he  wanted to lead by example by having a greater percentage of women in his  Cabinet than any President in recent memory.

“Notwithstanding, for avoidance of any doubt about my commitment, I have directed the Chief Secretary to rename the Ministry accordingly in response to an appeal from stakeholders,” he said.

Chakwera said more women will be promoted to full ministers at the end of a five-month transition.

“Additionally, I have taken note of the observation that the women who are on my

Cabinet are mostly there as deputies and will increase the number of women who are full Ministers when I  restructure my administration at the end of the five- month transition as I planned,” he said.

The Cabinet composition shows that Chakwera’s Malawi Congress Party (MCP) dominates with 16 party members — 12 full ministers and four deputies — representing 51.6%, while Vice President Saulos Chilima’s UTM Party has six members: four ministers and two deputies, representing 19.4%.

There are also two independent legislators in the new government.

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Chilima
Chilima
7 months ago

Chakwera ndiwe galu lwabasi

Bwande
Bwande
7 months ago

Clueless pastor iwe. Ukhala one term president ngati Mutharika nzako wamulanda boma kudzela kukhotiyo. Mbakuwaku boma

Nalikuti
Nalikuti
7 months ago
Reply to  Bwande

Uchila Cadet.. Ndi mutu ukuwawa si malungo

Dada
Dada
7 months ago
Reply to  Nalikuti

Munthu akakutsutsani mukuti cadet. But let truth be told, this man is becoming arrogant. He is coming out of his shells, we shall see his true colours. This is just the beginning. I can see history repeating itself. He is becoming another Kamuzu, mark my words

Mask
Mask
7 months ago
Reply to  Bwande

Zokhala kamodzi or kawiri si Mbali yako cadet , bola anatengabe from tippex government usovenge

Sarah sarah
Sarah sarah
7 months ago

Chakwera doesn’t get it. Having more women in cabinet is commendable and definitely a step in the right direction. But that doesn’t mean it should substitute the gender ministry, which altogether does a different separate job to all those othe women cabinet appointees. Gender ministry is one of the most core important pillars of govt development, even UN SDG have a standalone gender goal for a reason. Everything has a gender dimension from employment to agriculture, without it’s own ministry it limits its power to influence and lobby other ministries in an effective timely manner. Wait until Canadians, and Norwegian… Read more »

Wise man once said
Wise man once said
7 months ago
Reply to  Sarah sarah

No everything will go according to your wish let Mr president do his job

Jinga
Jinga
7 months ago
Reply to  Sarah sarah

Kamweni madzi maliro a dzisankho ngosameta!! Kuzolowera Pitala wanu uja amangotukwana a Malawi eti!! Just state your facts here than castigating the President!

Jinga
Jinga
7 months ago
Reply to  Sarah sarah

Which funds will be withdrawn! I think you are still sleeping! Wake up and smell the coffee!!

Esnarth Yaluwera
Esnarth Yaluwera
7 months ago

I see Kaliati ageing so fast. What is happening? Wrinkles on the face and neck and hands….thought she is just 52 years….my foot!

Tommy
Tommy
7 months ago

Azitolera now she is in government..

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
7 months ago

Esnarth muchira osadanda.

Mjomba che binya
Mjomba che binya
7 months ago

Ndiye inu chikukukhudzani ndi chani?

Mzati
Mzati
7 months ago

More women akazi a Mia wo?

Sarah sarah
Sarah sarah
7 months ago
Reply to  Mzati

Of all the people, she is one of the few that deserves to be in there. But Chakwera has lost the plot ati has given 5 months to perform my foot. All those talk of nepotism, conflict of interest you were accusing the DPP, now you here tolerating it for 5 months. Lying fake greedy pastor

Mask
Mask
7 months ago
Reply to  Sarah sarah

Five months is to see them there performance but that doesn’t mean to resolve the cabinet unless if they haven’t done well.

Mask
Mask
7 months ago
Reply to  Mzati

Of course yes 😊😁 isn’t she a woman 😂🤔

Peloma Pepe
Peloma Pepe
7 months ago

So, where in the article does it say he is going to rename the ministry? Did I miss something?

Yosefe Mateyo
Yosefe Mateyo
7 months ago
Reply to  Peloma Pepe

Has directed his Chief Secretary to rename the ministry accordingly

Sarah sarah
Sarah sarah
7 months ago
Reply to  Yosefe Mateyo

Just like he direct them to illigally appoint MRA and Police bosses. The guy lie that he is a listening type, yet he didn’t hear his AG who he recruited early to give him legal advice?

Kaitano
Kaitano
7 months ago

It doesn’t matter MCP having more Ministers than UTM, all what we need is to see what every one want it to happen, that is change! Don’t separate UTM and MCP in this Team, they are one! And they are there to deliver to the Malawians what they wanted! Stop and I repeat stop! That’s Chakwera I know! DPP bakhalani Kaye apo, muphwe kaya mame! Kikkkkkkk! Now maso patsogolo! Titukule dziko lathu tisachedweso ngati kuti tikufuna zisankho zina apa! Time is money!!!!!

Jinga
Jinga
7 months ago
Reply to  Kaitano

More Fire indeed! Team Tonse on the move!! Ntchito tayamba kale kugwira; asatitayitse nthawi enawa!!! 🇲🇼🇲🇼🇲🇼💪🏾💪🏾💪🏾

Halid
Halid
7 months ago

Sure..He even has 31/ministers higher than Peters 20 ministers…

Zimwanda
Zimwanda
7 months ago
Reply to  Halid

Peter had 20 ministers because it was a Tokha Alliance while Chakwera has 31 because it is Tonse Alliance

Ambuje Kukaya
Ambuje Kukaya
7 months ago
Reply to  Halid

APM had 20 minister with an additional bunch disguised as advisors but drawing benefits equivalent to a minister.

Zio ine
Zio ine
7 months ago

So Chilima know how best to define merit. APM defined it as tribal while Chakwera defines merit as family connections.

Sarah sarah
Sarah sarah
7 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

Laughably changing the goal post, he should know, he is a pastor, that’s how they brainwash the masses my misrepresenting bible verseso

Ndadabwa
Ndadabwa
7 months ago

Some women are difficult convence. They want 40% of cabinet to be women currently its 38 7% women. Now the remaining 1.3% that would be a half woman, right, and they still want 40% representation of women. Really??

Zimwanda
Zimwanda
7 months ago
Reply to  Ndadabwa

She just wants to be difficult. Even if it were 39.999999, someone would still make noise. DPP mwavimyantha, mwavifyontha, you will never rebrand bachimbwe imwe

Mina
Mina
7 months ago
Reply to  Ndadabwa

Aikemo Jane Ansah NDI grezedar wa Jeffrey

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