Malawi leader Joyce Banda dissolves cabinet

Malawi President Joyce Banda has dissolved  the country’s cabinet.

Banda dissolved her cabinet following calls from donors, civil society organisations the media to act on those involved in financial mess at Capital Hill.

Cabinet resolution comes barely a few hours after she met Cabinet at Chikoko Bay in Mangochi.

In a brief statement made available to Nyasa Times from State House, Presidential Secretary Steve Nhlane said: “Her Excellency Dr Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi, in exercise of the powers conferred upon her by Section 94 (1) and Section 95 (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, has today, 10th October 2013, dissolved Cabinet.

According to State House statement, there is no vacuum in the government as “all ministerial matters will revert to the Presidency through Controlling Officers. Her Excellency the President will announce a new Cabinet in due course.”

The statement said the President will announce a new Cabinet in due course.

President Banda lost faith in her cabinet
President Banda lost faith in her cabinet

During a news conference she held on Wdnesday, President Banda said she had appointed a special team, made up of police and government officials, to do a financial audit across all government departments.

The police said that about 10 junior government officials had been arrested so far for suspected graft, and that they had recovered tens of thousands of dollars in cash from their car  boots and homes.

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