Kumpalume left ‘disappointed’ after Cabinet sack: Ghambi says ‘life goes on’

Fired Health Minister Dr. Peter Kumpalume in a brutal shake-up of Cabinet by President Peter Mutharika on Monday has left him “disappointed”.

Ghambi: Life goes on
Kumpalume at the time he took  his oath as Cabinet minister

Mutharika sacked Kumpalume, who is member of parliament for Blantyre Rural West, for an undisclosed reasons.

Kumpalume regarded as one of the competent person in Mutharika’s top team was too gutted to comment about his disappointment.

He opted to keep his comments close to his chest.

Office of the Secretary to the Government  announced that President Mutharika has replaced Kumpalume with Atupele Muluzi who was formerly Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

Anna Kachikho, long-time ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) legislator and a new face in Mutharika’s new cabinet, has since replaced Muluzi as Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development .

Vincent Ghambi in another casualty in the reshuffle as he was sacked as Deputy Defense Minister, replaced by new face, Everton Chimulirenji.

But Ghambi said he is “cool” with the dismissal.

He said Cabinet positions are “not permanent.”

“I knew when I was appointed that I can be disappointed too. So am cool, life goes on,” he said.

Other changes include switches of ministers where Henry Mussa, formerly Minister of Labor, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development, now takes over Industry, Trade and Tourism Ministry, taking the place of Joseph Mwanamvekha who has since moved to Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development filling the post which has been vacant since Mutharika fired George Chaponda after he was involved in Zambian maize scam.

Mussa is now replaced by Francis Kasaila as Youth, Sports, and Manpower Development Minister while Dr. Emmauel Fabiano, formerly Education, Science and Technology Minister replaces Kasaila as Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Minister.

On the other hand, Bright Msaka, takes over the role of Minister of Education, Science and Technology, as Aggrey Masi goes up the ladder from Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water to replace Msaka as Minister of Natural resources, Energy and Mining.

The ministries that have not changed faces include Finance (Goodall Gondwe); Justice and Constitutional Affairs (Samuel Tembenu); Home Affairs and Internal Security (Grace Chiumia); Transport and Public Works (Jappie Mhango); Information and Communication Technology (Nicholas Dausi);

Other two ministries that have also not changed faces are: Civic Education, Culture and Community Development (Cecilia Chazama); and Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare (Dr. Jean Kalilani).

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