Malawi ‘transition’ Cabinet sworn-in: Chakwera cautions Ministers on  graft,   ‘prove doubters wrong’

A new cabinet in Malawi was sworn-in on Friday with President Lazarus Chakwera   warning 31 of his newly hired ministers and their deputies  against corruption, saying he would not spare anyone found abusing their positions.

President Chakwera: This is a transitional Cabinet for five months
Transport and Public works minister Mohammed Sidik Mia takes oath while holding the holy Koran-pic by Lisa Kadango
ZangaZanga Chinkhosi  the Chief Secretary to the government takes oath – pic by Lisa Kadango
MCP secretary general Elsienhower Mkaka takes oath as  minister responsible for Foreign Affairs-pic by Lisa Kadango
MCP’s Lingson Belekanyama is the Minister responsible for Local Government-pic by Lisa Kadango
Senior Counsel Titus Mvalo is the Minister of Justice
Ulemu Msungama swears in as minister responsible for Youth and Sports-pic by Lisa Kadango
Timothy Mtambo is now the Minister responsible for Civic Education and National Unity-pic by Lisa Kadango
UTM vice president Dr Michael Usi swears in as minister for Tourism Culture and Wildlife-pic by Lisa Kadango
Former acting opposition leader Lobin Lowe is Minister responsible for Agriculture-pic by Lisa Kadango

Chakwera said  at Bingu International Convention Centre during the  swearing in of new ministers  in what he called ‘Transition Cabinet’ that they should  work hard and prove their doubters wrong, failing which, they will be replaced.

The President said it  has been pointed out  by critics that several of his Cabinet appointees have conflicts of interest.

“I would like to assure you all that I am fully aware of these interests, for I did a thorough background check on each candidate. Since my Cabinet appointees are accomplished individuals in their own right, it was inevitable that they would have conflicts of interest by virtue of those accomplishments; accomplishments which also form part of their qualification,” said Chakwera.

The President said Ministers will sign a code of conduct and  urged them to protect public resources and foster transparency and accountability.

He said the special code of conduct will keep his Cabinet members from using their public office for the advancement of those private interests.

Chakwera  stressed the he wants a corrupt-free Malawi where public resources are put to good use.

“I want you to hear me and to hear me clearly: I have seen each of you leading others and working hard, doing so in the spirit of serving Malawians and building the Tonse philosophy when many odds were stacked against its success. It has pleased me to appoint you as Ministers and Deputy Ministers in my transitional Cabinet to lay the groundwork for a Tonse approach to managing government affairs.

“ The ministries you have been assigned to are in a mess, characterized by wanton wastage of resources, greedy monopoly in the awarding of contracts, incompetence in the standard of work, and multiple systemic inefficiencies,” the President said.

Chakwera urges the Minister to prove doubters wrong by being productive.

“You each have five months to produce results that will give Malawians confidence that change has come. At the end of that period, you will each give a report to Malawians publicly on your progress in each of the key performance indicators that I will give you.

“At the start of the New Year, I will shortlist those of you whose performance I find satisfactory and include you among those who will be publicly interviewed for a year-long appointment on my 2021 Cabinet,” said Chakwera.

He pointed out that many Malawians are not as persuaded as  he is  that the ministers  are the right people for the job.

“The onus is on you to prove them wrong and to reaffirm me in my confidence that you have what it takes to deliver the Tonse Transformation that Malawians have long cried, prayed, and fought for.

“Should you prove the sceptics right by being lazy, abusive, wasteful, arrogant, extravagant, divisive, and corrupt, I will not hesitate to have you replaced.

“ Contrary to public opinion, I am not beholden to any of you, nor do I have any of you to appease, for I owe both my election and allegiance to God and the Malawian people. May God’s Spirit rest upon you as you take your oath to serve them,” said Chakwera.

President Chakwera, former head of the Malawi Assemblies of God, one of the largest Christian denominations in the country, has inspired hope that   he will offer a new kind of leadership inspired by God and driven by the needs of Malawians.

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Chikoti
Chikoti
7 months ago

Those who yelled 24/7 during dpp rule, now are hand clapping for.mediocrity of this president..while those who clapped in dpp rule are yelling at this.president..how funny is polical life…shame…

Mwini muzi
7 months ago

Doubters haven’t been proven wrong yet. The well known public KPIs are your combined manifestos for MCP/UTM. Universal fertilizer subsidy, quality and effective service delivery at ward level where your voters live, availability of electricity 24/7, availability of maize at Admarc all year round, good service delivery at hospitals, availability of quality education from ward level, creation of jobs for the youth voters, creation of loans to voters from ward level and many more expectations from what you promised. In politics, time flies so quickly. Failure to deliver within these 5 years will render you to one term president, no… Read more »

The problem with chakwera
The problem with chakwera
7 months ago

Malawi’s pantundu cabinet. Brother chakwera you have beaten all your predecessors in as far as regionalism and cronyism is concerned. Ndinu manthu wa tsankho ndinu duli you can’t even pretend you love all regions of Malawi.

good
good
7 months ago

Makani ena ndiopusa nawo how can you maintain a person with no health background at all as minister of health during this crisis. Why not Usi, or Chisi or even better Juliana Lunguzi.

Hedge
Hedge
7 months ago

Good thing is Chakwera is a one term president. Next time we are voting Saulos. Let him appease his friends. He will soon pay the price.

Yasser Arafat
7 months ago

Who believes that the self-proclaimed “listening” president would listen to the plight of the people and change the filthy am now scratching your back as you scratched mine cabinet? Power in the hands of a foolish man brings impunity and arrogance and that you are an ex-reverend does not matter. Itsanana Natata!

Malawi First
Malawi First
7 months ago

This is disappointing team. It can’t be justified whatsoever. We will never clap hands for mediocrity. On cabinet selection, you have started very bad and if this continues this is your first and last term of presidency. Mark my words. You cant reward yourselves for fighting for the country. Positioning all friends and bullies to plunder public resources. This is non acceptable, period.

Malawi belong to the citizens

I hope every minister has heard what the president has said,in 5 months time we want results like no 1 tambala is missing from any ministry,tamvana eti.

Jinga
Jinga
7 months ago

Congratulations to our ministers. Let the work begin!

Big up Mr President!!

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
7 months ago

That is being decisive mr president asiyeni olubwalubwa azipitiliza zokambakamba, we are forging ahead there is no time to waste so yes let us go to work and work harder, harder, harder and work smart, to change our mother land for ever.

little jojo
little jojo
7 months ago
Reply to  Mbonga Matoga

Decisive??? or is it the beginning of executive arrogance and impunity (dzizungu za HRDC). I thought we touted him as being a listening president??? kikikiki. after 10 days in power it is a person learns that you can’t run a country by listening to every Jack and Jill

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