President Joyce Banda has appointed experienced civil servant Hawa Olga Ndilowe to the position of Deputy Secretary to the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC).
Ndilowe who served as Malawi ambassador to United States in Washington and has in the civil service since the time of MCP, UDF government has taken over from Necton Mhura.
She will deputise Bright Msaka, a lawyer by training, who is Secretary for the Government.
Mhura was the Deputy Chief Secretary since 2009 when late Malawi ruler Bingu Wa Mutharika was elected for the second term.
He reverts to his previous job as professor in the Faculty of Law at the University of Malawi.
Ndilowe was working as Principal Secretary for e-Government in OPC since her tour of duty in Washington ended.
President Banda promised more changes in the coming days.
Banda, a 62-year-old policeman’s daughter who has won international recognition for championing the education of underprivileged girls, has widespread support among a population whose lives grew increasingly difficult under Mutharika.
She was sworn in as Malawi President becoming southern Africa’s first female head of state, raising hopes for a fresh start in the small, poor nation after the death of her mercurial predecessor.