MCP say Mutharika has taken dangerous route on Cabinet: Showboating politicians risk purge

Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) has criticed the decision by President Peter Mutharika to fire all ministers and plans  to incorporate Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) partner United Democratic Front (UDF) in the Cabinet – which may be  bloated –  ahead of the forthcoming presidential fresh election.

Rev Munthali: You have to run the government in a way that benefits the people of the country

MCP spokesman Maurice Munthali said Mutharika was acting to please his new allies – UDF.

“If that is the route that a president takes, then it is dangerous because you don’t run a government (by) appeasing people,” said Munthali.

“You have to run the government in a way that benefits the people of the country.”

Political commentators are saying Mutharika should ignore showboating politicians when hiring the new ministers.

President Mutharika is beckoned to  “reward competence and hard work”, as government  insiders criticised ministers who had spent much of their time to build their public profiles.

Mutharika dissolved the Cabinet a day after the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed his and Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC)’s, application for a stay order to stop electoral processes until the appeal case is heard.

The High Court sitting as a Constitutional Court ruled on February 3 this year nullified the May 21 2019 presidential election and ordered fresh election to be held within 150 days.

Mutharika is attempting to quash the fresh election that would require him to win more than a 50 percent majority to secure a second term.

He has filed an appeal against the court’s decision to nullify election results that had declared him the winner with just 35.8 percent of the vote.

The unexpected dissolution of cabinet was announced in a statement by government chief secretary Lloyd Muhara.

Until the appointment of a new cabinet, all ministerial powers, functions and responsibilities will be exercised by the president.

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Nasingwe
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Nasingwe

By the way fuso cabe
mwati zoteteza virus muyamba coming month end?
Ma tourists akulobe mu dziko muno??,

Mdala
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Mdala

Malawi politics is all about appeasement of people with power! The poor and and unprivileged are hardly considered Reverend Munthali! Lets hope and see, if you and your coalition make the different, because since Muluzi this is the political order of the country!

Nasingwe
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Nasingwe

Mtete Fact let alone mai CIMBALANGA who is on PS salary with all the benefits that entiles ,just by mobilizing the lyolyo lyolyo. basi.
look at people like formerly ACCOUNTS DEPARTMENT LONELY KUNTAMULA FOLOKO ayayayaaaaaaaaa
ndangodusamo.
too many many christians doing non christian activities we got lots. MMA EMBASSY ZATHA BWA CE MAKIWA,BOTOLO PLEEEEASE

Jere Chims
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Jere Chims

UK woke up to a shocking news of corona virus killing twice the number of people it kills on the previous day. This virus is not in DRC and positive tests have been reported next door. Do we even have test kits ..do we even have enough space in intensive care units where every severe case will need treatment. This disease can affect a lot of the people we see speaking on a microphone or podium. We don’t want to be rich by accident or virtual of rich old people dying from a virus which is being left for chimulirenji… Read more »

Matembo
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Matembo

Cabinet members can be people with msce .those who are also naturally unwise fusing intellectual challenge to lack of wisdom. However they could be successfully politicians..businessmen and influencers. The cabinet is a tool in which the ruling party Syphons money from the government to fund political campaigning. Of course this is extreme narrative, we know what a cabinet is supposed to be but it can also be used to give chance for UDF members of Parliament to use government resources and money to compaign for the president. So it is not for national interest but for personal gain at the… Read more »

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The president has the prerogative to hire and fire cabinet. 30 or 40 member cabinet. 50 is the maximum? That is why we have symbols of ‘lions’ all over the state residences.

MarkomX
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MarkomX

munthali thus non of your business

Mtete
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Mtete

Agreed. None of anyone’s business.

Mwini muzi.
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Mwini muzi.

Ironically that’s what you will do when you come to power.You will accommodate PP,UTM, and all the one man briefcase parties in your cabinet. Yours will come uo to 35 cabinet ministers to appease the power hungry people you currently have.

Mtete
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Mtete

Nothing wrong if they will have what it takes.
Many of us foolishly think APM has a lean cabinet until you count the number of bogus advisors whose salaries are no different from ministers’. You even have Presidential Advisor on Advisors.

Bob Finye
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Bob Finye

Stupid and unfounded concern. Why don’t you wait till new cabinet is appointed?

Mzati
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Mzati

Malawi does not need Ministers with a few days remaining to fresh presidential elections. President, Vice President, Chief Secretary and Principal Secretaries can competently manage the administrative issues of Govt.The Ministers are most of the times just wasting our little resources.

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