Malawi’s President dismisses entire Cabinet
President Peter Mutharika on Friday dissolved his Cabinet a day after Supreme Court of Appeal ruled the processes for fresh presidential elections as ordered by Constitution Court be continued pending substantive appeal.
The sacking of entire Cabinet is with effect from Friday, 13th March 2020.
According to a statement from Chief Secretary to the government Lloyd Muhara, all ministerial powers, functions, and responsibilities will be exercised by the president.
Observers says Mutharika would announce a new cabinet to incorporate Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) alliance partner United Democratic Front (UDF).
“Perhaps the President wants to accommodate UDF or he is reacting to the perceived divisions in the party. So the decision might be aimed at rewarding it’s ally UDF or punish those perceived to be no longer in his good books,” governance commentator Makhumbo Munthali told Nyasa Times.
The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) says all members of the dissolved cabinet are requested to consult the Chief Secretary to the government for appropriate administrative arrangements.
Munthali further said while the President has powers to dissolve the Cabinet he shouldn’t come up with a fresh Cabinet considering the fact that in few months there will be fresh elections.
“And besides that would be costly Government business can still move with mere Principal Secretaries in few months before elections.
“Otherwise with the nullification of the elections I would argue that in ideal situation we should only have the President and the Vice President in the political arm of the executive.”
The poor southern African state with widespread corruption is heavily dependent on financial aid from the European Union (EU) and other foreign powers such as Britain, United States and Germany.
Who does that when the world is in a public health crisis! We need a functioning government! Does this guy live in a bubble??
multiskilled Pitala you are.
pls dont brainwash mwians to think like you do
These are the effects of that powerful 3rd February 2020 Con Court Presidential elections case judgement.Peter and his DPP continue to be in a bruized state.
God have mercy on Malawi. You love this country called Malawi. You, and you only can save us from this calamity. Move swiftly, we are not commanding you but we plead with you. You remember the children of Israel before Pharaoh, this is exactly the situation we Malawians are in. But Lord, you will liberate us and make us pass on dry land in the midst of the pillars of Red Sea Waters, you will walk us through the desert, make us pass the dry land in the midst of the pillars of River Jordan Waters, and finally you will… Read more »
5 days to go….I was patiently waiting for this time to come and see what will happen. Now Iam noticing tension and pressure all over. Mark my words this is another interesting week in the history of Malawi. What goes around comes around
Peter always does things opposite , instead of dismissing mec commissioners , then he rush to his Ministers simply because some of them has told him that after 19 May they will go to there village to cultivate Nandolo,
THe last paragraph penapake…lets love our country
He wants to make room for Atupele and ma Bakha a yellow
Good move. Make sure you bring BRAINS and people who will campaign wholeheartedly for the DPP/UDF alliance
So what happens to the coronavirus committee recently appointed??