Mutharika hits back at critics on gender  insensitive Cabinet:  ‘Stop being hypocrites’

President Peter Mutharika has hit back at critics who say his newly hired Cabinet is gender insensitive, saying the private sector has less women in decision making positions, throwing away any ray of hope that he will increase the number of women in the male dominated 20-member cabinet.

President Mutharika speaking at the graduation, says building an inclusive society is a process

Cabinet ministers at the graduation ceremony.-Photo by Stanely Makuti, Mana

The President has been facing mounting pressure from women’s groups to increase the number of females in his Cabinet and parastatal boards after the President reduced women representation in his Cbainet from four to three last week.

His comments come barely a day after Women Lawyers Associationmarched to the Office of the President and Cabinet to petition the President to reconsider his decision on women representation as provided for by the law.

The lawyers described as worrying a trend that fewer women are being appointed as Cabinet ministers or heads of boards for State-owned enterprises and accused Mutharika of violating the Constitution by sidelining women.

But  speaking  in Lilongwe on Wednesday when he presided over the graduation ceremony of students from the University of Malawi, Mutharika said he is committed to putting women in decision making positions but said this was the task of not only the government but even the private sector and other institutions.

“The responsibility of promoting women is not for the government alone. How many women are CEOs in the private sector,” said Mutharika, stressing there are less chief executive officers in the private sector.

He said the government is striving to ensure gender equality , saying Malawi must be an inclusive society that empowers the youth and women.

“I will continue appointing women of merit to decision making levels. We have begun this process. I appointed the first female Vice Chancellor in this country. I have appointed the first female Chief Commissioner of Prisons. I have appointed a female Clerk of Parliament and Ombudsman. I have appointed a female Chairperson for Malawi Electoral Commission and the Commission has a majority of women members. This is a process that we have begun,” said Mutharika.

The President said he has  appointed many more women into various positions because he believes  in empowering women, citing the appointment of the female Ombudsman, the Malawi Electoral Commission chairperson, two new female judges and the secretary general of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Ironically, Mutharika’s traditional political archrival, the UTM party has a female secretary general, Patricia Kaliati.

The President said even some of those who are attacking government do not have women in their leadership levels.

“So, let us stop being hypocrites and advance women in our society,” he said.

However, Mutharika did not touch the issue of Charles Mchacha, an embattled DPP regional governor for the south whom the President has just appointed deputy minister but women activists want him rescind  appointment into Cabinet for purportedly demeaning women participating in public affairs and holding a different political view..

Mchacha has been calling women who join UTM as prostitutes, remarks that have angered women activists, saying such remarks are demeaning and prevent women from taking up politics as a career.

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Uggly Ladies
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My question to the so called Malawi Women Lawyers is that; Have you consulted the more Malawians to hear their opinion? We are more than 17 Million people and very few so called Women Lawyers are not happy. What if the bigger population is happy with the President’s decision, will you still continue with your petition? Think of many Lawyers both men and women who did not join you, are they idiots that they don’t know what to say? How about the rest of the population who have not spoken anything, are they Zombies and that they don’t know what… Read more »

Otambwali
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The formula is easy my Good President. You hah four women and they did not complain. You reduced women to three, now they are complaining. My advice is, stick to the Cabinet of 20, and replace Mchacha amene akumunena with a woman, then everything will be back to normal.

It would have been ideal to speak other things if the women were demanding 10 women in cabinet. For now, lets remove Mchacha. DPP woyeeeeeeeee

Bystander
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Bystander

Mr. President akumakhala imotional. Very bad for health, if history is anything to learn from.

Duli
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Duli

Malawi does have a diversity of homo sapiens including thoughtless and I sensitive ones like you. What a pity.

Adada maluwa
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Big up Mr President, these CSOs/NGOs are championing the 50-50 campaign for easy penetration, normally women are weak in decision making. I am of the Islamic idea of not putting women into much involving positions

Bakha
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Bakha

Ngosamva uyu

Kholowa
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Kholowa

Choka pumbwa iwe process until when? Ukufuna kumasankha mbuzi ngati achina mchacha basi. Unya uona akuvotela ndi ambuyako!

Mbuya
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Mbuya

You ‘re right your Excellency in as much I will not vote for you come 2019 but on this one you are very right however, government as the mother has to lead by example and not expect the ‘CSOs and the private sector to lead the way

SUPER NATURAL MIRACLES
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SUPER NATURAL MIRACLES

DEAR PETER = YOUR TIMING IS SHAMBOLIC FRANKLY SPEAKING — WHY ? , HOW ? CAN YOU PLEASE MCHACHA WITH A MINISTRIAL POST –BOOTING OUT WOMEN ?? 50 –50 – GO-SHE -HE ?? DPP LOSING VOTES FROM WOMEN BECAUSE OF YOUR WRONG TIMING AND STUBBORNNESS —

Muswahili Mambo Sana
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Samva za munthu ngati ma traditional leader athu

Good News
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Good News

Mutharika knows that women are less intelligent. God gave men brains and women boobs and bottoms.

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