Chakwera ponders on Cabinet reshuffle: As Kambala, Chaima-Banda, face chop

Deeply concerned about the recent twists and turns, Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera is pondering on reshuffling his cabinet to bring in people who will work to support his agenda and drop those who seem to drag him in the mud, Nyasa Times can exclusively reveal.

Chakwera is expected to soon announce the dismissal from his cabinet, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Newton Kambala.

He is expected to fire his special advisor and Ambassador to Brazil, Christopher Chaima Banda, also arrested by the country’s graft-bustling crime agency, the Anti-corruption Bureau (ACB).

Chakwera is set to distance himself from the President of the Alliance for Democracy (Aford) Enock Kamzingeni Chihana also arrested on corruption charges.

Ministry of Energy Newton Kambala: Arrested & dropped from Cabinet.

The three have been charged with attempting to influence a public officer to abuse office contrary to Section 25b (2) of the Corrupt Practices Act, under the corrupt practices by or with public officers 17 of 2004.

The two, Kambala and Chaima Banda will be relieved of their duties to allow a smooth run on the investigations by the ACB and due legal process as they face prosecution.

Sources close to power have confided in Nyasa Times that the President is andry and disappointed with what is happening as the people he trusted with responsibilities to advance his agenda, are being embroidered in scandals that are only injuring his public image and reputation. He is so determined to deal with anyone involved abuse of trust.

“The President is not happy with what is going on. He feels betrayed by the people who trusted with responsibilities to help his agenda and serve Malawians. One thing is clear though, President Chakwera is not going to protect anybody, no matter how close that person is to him. The president is furious and he will act swiftly on the matter.

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“Therefore, he is going to reshuffle the cabinet so he can drop those that are not serving his interests and the needs of the Malawian people and hire the right people, those he believe will have the interests of the Malawian people at heart.

“I can say without fear or contradiction that when the President reshuffles his cabinet there will be shock as a lot of people will be dropped,” said the source.

The source said, there are a lot of ministers who are involved in underhand operations and that the President is concerned of this adding that he is also poised to sack some of his aides, who also have been up to no good.

“There are a few cabinet ministers who are going to be dropped but at the same time there are new faces coming on board while some deputy ministers will be promoted to full ministers. The president may be slow, but lest be assured that he is taking time to come up with the best team to serve Malawians.

“The President showing his clout. He is a good man who likes giving each person an opportunity to prove their worth. But with recent developments he is determined to act swiftly, ready to “chase the corrupt money changes.”

“With what is happening at the moment, the President’s name is being dragged into the mud and the Tonse philosophy of servant leadership is being diluted by the people the President entrusted to bring about transformation with him,” said the source.

There are several vacancies in Chakwera’s cabinet following the death of two senior cabinet ministers: Transport and Public Works minister and MCP’s Vice President South Mohammed Sidik Mia and Local Government minister Lingson Belekanyama who died on the same day. Another created by the sacking of Minister of Labour, Ken Kandodo on allegations that he misused COVID-19 funds. Attorney General, Dr Chikosa Silungwe was recently fired for reason yet to be disclosed. Then, Minister of Energy, Newton Kambala following the arrest.

President Dr. Chakwera won the June 23, 2020 fresh presidential election on the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) ticket, which also included several β€˜Tonse Alliance’ partners. President Dr. Chakwera beat his closest competitor and the then Head of State, Peter Mutharika of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) and United Democratic Front (UDF) Alliance.

Kandodo Banda is poised for a return in a senior role having expressed a desire to occupy the Finance portfolio.

Malawians are waiting with bated breath to see how President will select his cabinet members in the looming cabinet reshuffle.

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Odyazake alibe mlandu
Odyazake alibe mlandu
11 months ago

Hahahahaaa Chakwera is brave maguy………. No pressure but letting the bad apples fall. Kkkkkkkkkk who’s next???

Mdziwi
Mdziwi
11 months ago

Tonse is all froth and no beer. These empty suits are taking is nowhere steadily.

Defender of Democracy
11 months ago

To get the right ministers and deputies President Chakwera must interview them and ask them how many jobs their departement are going to create? They must come up with their pian, meaning how much it is going to cost. Their projects must be able to sustain themselves. They must also come up with a plan how they are going to cut the cost, make every staff member to be multitask. For eg; the minister PA can also do the deputy’s job. The deputy must act as a supervisor overseeing that the plan in the departement is implemented instead of wasting… Read more Β»

Thakaraka
Thakaraka
11 months ago

The President is serious indeed, Kandodo will be back kikikikikikikikiki

Nyau Yalila
Nyau Yalila
1 year ago

Obviously Nyasatimes has been paid to portray Lazalo as innnocent and detached from the rampant theft taking place under his nose, the truth is he is well aware and the center of all this mess is his office. All these people will be let lose withing months, this is just to soothen peoples anger at moment given the grinding poverty, no more no less. This is a shity country ruled by thieves. Period.

Kuswa Kuswa
1 year ago

Nyutulila Kathief should honourably have just resigned as soon as he was named a suspect. At least the January reshuffle can be forced to happen now following the exposure of Kathief. Time is indeed a great healer. You cannot stop the force of nature.

James
James
1 year ago

The worst cabinet Malawi has ever had now even Joyce Banda’s Cabinet was far much better, very unfortunate that our peaceful and Malawi lovely Malawi is slowly rotting because of our selfish and greedy leaders who do NOT think about poor Malawians in the Village. Am very sure that God will have mercy on his people and he will not let us suffer any longer and such leaders must face the EXIT DOOR sooner than later in Jesus’ name.

Justice for all
Justice for all
1 year ago

The way things are now its hard to believe him the president is not serious enough and angry for what si happening

John Wayne
John Wayne
1 year ago

Yessss_smoke them out!!!!!πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

MCP Diehard
MCP Diehard
1 year ago

The President would have to be crazy to put someone at the Finance portfolio who was just fired (fairly or not) after being accused of abuse of funds. The Finance position as it is now is what is preventing unchecked money laundering that those in power who thought it would be like the DPP days.

You need a person of impeccable and unblemished character if the President is serious about corruption.

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