Newly appointed Finance Minister Felix Mlusu has disclosed that he will accommodate advices from former Treasury chiefs in a bid to improve the welfare of Malawians.
Mlusu, a former insurance company director, was named Malawi’s new finance minister on Monday, a day after President Lazarus Chakwera was sworn in following last week’s re-run election in which he unseated Peter Mutharika.
“I am going to work with everyone both from government and my predecessors,” said Mlusu.
Mlusu, 69, was managing director of Nico Holdings Plc – a listed financial firm with interests in insurance, banking and property management across Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Mozambique – from 1996 until his retirement in 2015.
Speaking after his swearing in ceremony alongside Homeland and Security Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda on Monday, Mlusu said he feel humbled with his appointment and obviously the trust and confidence in him from President Chakwera.
He said it is a thing he never expected.
Mlusu therefore promised to serve the nation in his capacity as finance minister to the best of his abilities.
“Malawians should expect that I will continue to serve them. I already served Malawians while serving in the private sector,” said Mlusu, a former Chief Executive Officer for NICO Holdings Limited.
The country’s purse keeper who revealed he is not a politician said as a new government, they intend to come up with a three months budget before working on a year long budget.
“We are going to have an interim budget [ for three months] as we work on the budget for the whole year,” he said.
He emphasized on the need to scrutinise the current budget which was presented by the out-going Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) led by Peter Mutharika since the Manifesto’s of the two sides were different.
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