Chakwera holds first cabinet meeting since becoming Malawi leader

President Lazarus Chakwera on Friday held his first Cabinet meeting  since the Head of State following his triumph in the court-ordered June 23 Fresh Presidential Election.

President Chakwera met face to face with members of his Cabinet for a first time Executive discussions

As the Cabinet gathered for a face-to-face meeting for the first time in Lilongwe, State vice-president Saulos Chilima, who is also Minister of Economic Planning and Public Sector Reforms,joined discussions at the top table with the President.

Ministers take an oath not to reveal discussions at Cabinet.

But State House sources told Nyasa Times that Chakwera reminded the 32-member Cabinet that they have “a momentous task” ahead of  them to get the country’s economy moving.

He told the ministers to get on with a Tonse Alliance government agenda for the country, and that means delivering the priorities of the people.

The meeting was held after Cabinet ministers and deputy minister attended  a two-day orientation and training 45 days after the Cabinet was hired.

During the training of minister, the President said his administration would only deliver on its transformative governance agenda by matching promises with action and ensuring that “everyone is involved”.

He said: “As members of the Cabinet, you have accepted this responsibility and have no choice, but to execute it with excellence and humility.”

Chakwera hired his first full Cabinet on July 9 that included some partners in the nine-party Tonse Alliance, but immediately faced criticism over perceived appeasement as evidenced by the appointment of some relations and a couple in his team.

But the President, who has promised to transform the running of government amid a huge tide of expectations, reacted to the backlash of the Cabinet appointment with a pledge to review the Cabinet in January 2021.

He said the Cabinet would be judged on performance indicators and dared the ministers to prove the critics wrong.

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Helpline
Helpline
9 months ago

What’s your problem. Wapakaliyala sayimba belu. Let him run the the government that DPP destroyed

Ankolo
9 months ago

Za ziii zomwe mukuchita. What is the cabinet doing? I mean what are the friends and relatives of the president doing? Arresting DPP followers? Just that?

Malinyero
9 months ago

Hahahaha just say that Chakwera had the first chat with his family and friends. What we have in this country has no semblance of a cabinet at all. That meeting was simply an opportunity where Kazako and his sister in marriage, Mia and his wife, Ken Kandodo and his sister, Chakwera and his son in law and many kokoliko friends and relatives had a chance of sharing a glass of wine. Chakwera can not manage to conviene a serious cabinet meeting looking at how retarded he is.

Wawa
Wawa
9 months ago
Reply to  Malinyero

No wonder he didn’t want to convene this meeting in the first place. He knew they were already meeting at home

CADET
9 months ago
Reply to  Wawa

Kkkkkkk, so they were meeting at home, sharing cups of Thobwa. You may be right

Yopee
Yopee
9 months ago

Training Ministers after one and half months after their appointment;
Holding first Cabinet meeting after that long.
Sleeping cats 🐈

Chautaamalanga
9 months ago
Reply to  Yopee

When it takes the President a whole two months to hold the first Cabinet meeting where government policies are mooted, discussed and approved, it clearly shows that the Chakwera government was not ready to govern.For all intents and purposes, a first Cabinet meeting should have been held two weeks upon inauguration.I am slowly loosing hope with such sloppy governing.

This government is going to fail miserably if there is honestly no sense of urgency in what it does.

Zio ine
Zio ine
9 months ago

The only achievement so far is familiazation tour. Imagine they would travel minister And deputy just to inspect a project. Kaliati is the worst of them all. This lady likes travelling and being seen on TV

Bwana Wa Ulesi
Bwana Wa Ulesi
9 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

Tili ku ma Stands ife

Malawian
Malawian
9 months ago

Cabinet meetings are expected to be held monthly .These early lapses will not assist the country

Sarah sarah
Sarah sarah
9 months ago

It took the pastor 2 months for s cabinet meeting lol
It’s not like we are in a middle of health and economic crisis init. Not forgetting the disruption to education and business. Not but that weren’t important enough to have a cabinet meeting.
How is this govt run ? serious honest question

Chikulamayembe
Chikulamayembe
9 months ago

So the country was on remote control or was a dictatorship since the president was sworn in? 😂

Destroyer of liars
9 months ago

The reporter should tell us exactly why he has to mention Chilima joining the discussion. Is he not a cabinet member? Who chaired the meeting ? May be this Chilima man pays reporters to highly write about him. Wherever he is with the president our ink stained friends highly praise Chilima at the expense of the president. No wonder DPP could not stomach that nonsense. Amajijilika ngati nchenche yaku chimbudzi. Adzaphinjidwa.

laws
laws
9 months ago

Repositioning for 2025 Presidential election

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
9 months ago

Whatever happens in the kitchen it’s not chase after the chefs in their bid to deliver the foods on the dining tables it’s the deliverables to the citizens that matter. The quality of the foods on the table for the guests will be judged accordingly. Whipping up unnecessary expectations by focusing on the cabinet delaying to meet while the nation has seen the groundbreaking activities conducted by various ministers simply demonstrating they know their fields of operation. So in selective assessment of the government delivery we shall be cobwebbed in a myriad of prejudgments let the Tonse River flow to… Read more »

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