Malawi Congress Party (MCP) president Rev Dr Lazarous Chakwera has named a 20-member shadow cabinet with few surprises among his chosen lieutenants.
Chakwera claimed that the Shadow Cabinet will deepen and strengthen their engagement on the policy front as they continue to look for the best ways of serving all Malawians while “we are in the opposition”.
The MCP leader further said they are committed to offering the nation the best they can through constructive policy engagement with the current Government and their counterparts in the opposition.
“Let me invite you all to interact with the members of the Shadow Cabinet and channel your policy advice to us. The appointment is with immediate effect,” said Chakwera, who hosted a team of MCP supporters from Mchinji calling themselves “Friends of Chakwera” on Tuesday.
On this note, Chakwera said it was refreshing to note that MCP supporters were still passionate not only for the party, but also the nation at large.
“These are volunteers that contributed quite a lot towards the May 20 polls and are amazingly ready to continue supporting our agenda.
“I am encouraged that despite having been disappointed with the May 20 poll results the spirit of our supporters has never faltered but instead energizes more for our struggle for a just and prosperous Malawi,” said Chakwera.
In the shadow cabinet, Chakwera who is also leader of opposition in parliament becomes shadow commander in chief of Malawi Defence Force and the Malawi Police Services,. He will also be spokesman for the party on Parastatals and Disaster Preparedness.
Chakwera rewarded veteran MCP parliamentarian Joseph Njobvuyalema with a shadow ministerial of Finance, Economic Planning & Development.
Youthful lawyer and MP, Louis Chakhwantha is named shadow minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.
MCP spokeswoman Dr Jessie Kabwila was made shadow minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare a portfolio which is held by Patricia Kaliati in President Peter Mutharika’s Cabinet.
Vitus Dzoole Mwale was appointed shadow minister of labour.
Other key appointments were Ezekiel Ching’oma as shadow information and civic education minister, Rhino Chiphiko as shadow transport, public works minister and Juliana Lunguzi as shadow health minister.
The shadow line-up also has Samuel Dalitso Kawale as shadow youth, sports development and culture:
Maxwell Thyolera makes it as home affairs and internal security, Home Affairs & Internal Security:
Felix Jumbe gets agriculture, irrigation and water. Khumbize Chiponda gets foreign affairs and Dr. Elias Chakwera is taking on education.
Willard Gwengwe gets trade, industry and tourism, Dr Amon Nkhata natural resources. Energy and mining, and Lingson Belekanyama local government, while Jacob Hara, , is shadow minister of lands, housing and physical planning.
There has also been an appointment of deputy shadow ministers who included. Patrick Chilondola (defence), Everson Makowa Mwale, (agriculture),. Nkhosa Kamwendo (education) and Alex Chitete (civil service).
Chakwera said he was “ delighted” with his shadow cabinet, drawn from a broad range of talents across his party.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :