Malawi President Banda mulls cabinet reshuffle

Malawi President Joyce Banda is set to make some crucial changes of her Cabinet anytime soon, which ruling People’s Party (PP) insiders said would signal a further shift towards even more brave reforms, as her government seeks to retain power in next year’s tripartite elections.

Highly placed sources said   President Banda had been considering sacking some gurus in cabinet in continued crackdown to corruption and financial malfeasance in government.

“Heads are going to roll and big fishes to be hooked out of cabinet,” the source told Nyasa Times, declining to be named.

President Banda will be chairing a scheduled cabinet meeting on Saturday. Last time she dissolved her cabinet, she first held a cabinet meeting.

President Banda will not spare anyone in the crackdown

The President’s office declined to discuss any possible cabinet changes.

But government spokesman Brown Mpinganjira said President Banda is ready to sacrifice her political patronage by fighting corruption and looting.

She has made it her top priority to fight graft and to fight fraud in Malawi.  Even where people thought she would be creating problems for her own election, she said ‘I would rather fight corruption, and if that causes me to lose the election, so be it,’” said Mpinganjira on VOA.

“She said she wouldn’t enjoy running affairs of state knowing that billions of Kwacha [local currency] is going down the drain.”

But critics of view  the steps taken by Banda government in the cashgate scandal are calculated political stunt to win donor support as well as garner votes for President Banda in next year’s general election.

Mpinganjira disagreed:  “She did not shy away from picking up the fight against corruption because of the election. All her friends – – presidents all over Africa and the world — were saying to her ‘Why are you taking on this battle now, which may cost you your election?’  But, she said, ‘Look, winning the election and running a country full of corruption does not help matters,’ ” said Mpinganjira. “But, if I am going to lose because of fighting corruption, so be it.”

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