Mutharika names Cabinet, Mwanamveka new finance minister, Ben Phiri in: Goodall, Uladi, Daza, Jeffrey included as aides

President Peter Mutharika has named his 29-member cabinet, the first in his second five-year term of office, nearly a month after the controversial elections that brought him to office.

Ministers Kondwani Nankhumwa and Ben Phiri
Botomani:  Government spokesman
Daza: Appointed advisor
Uladi Mussa: Special advisor
Gondwe: Taken as advisor of finance
Back in Cabinet: Minister of Finance Joseph Mwanamvekha  with Minister of Foreign Affairs Francis Kasaila.

Mutharika, who  was sworn in on May 28 and inaugurated on May 31 following his declared victory in the May 21 Tripartite Elections, has appointed his former agriculture minister  Joseph Mwanamvekha, an economist and former banker, to be the country’s purse keeper as Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development.

Mwanamvekha moves from Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development where he was credited with boosting food security through surplus harvests of maize, Malawi’s staple grain.

He replaces Goodall Gondwe, who has been the Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development for a decade.

Gondwe has not been given ministerial position but he is named in the Cabinet list as special advisor on finance and development.

Mwanamvekha is appearing as third-in-command on the protocol list of the Cabinet released by Chief Secretary to the government Lloyd Muhara as seen by Nyasa Times.

Second-in-command, Vice President Everton Chimulirenji has been given the ministerial duties responsible for disaster, relief management and public events.

Government spokesperson is now Mark Botomani, who has been appointed as Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communication Technology.

Mutharika has brought back several other old faces, including Jappie Mhango   as health and population minister and Kondwani Nankhumwa to take care of agriculture, irrigation and water development.

The President picked another former minister, Francis Kasaila, to man the ministry of foreign affairs and international cooperation, Nicholous Dausi retained as Minister of Homeland  Security while Bright Msaka SC is now Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

New faces in the cabinet include Ben Malunga Phiri who is taking care of local government and rural development, and Ibrahim Salim Bagus in industry, trade and tourism.

Others are Symon Vuwa Kaunda who was assigned the lands, housing and urban development and Dr William Susuwele Banda who will be responsible for the education, science and technology portfolio. Martha Lunji Mhone Chanjo was given the ministry of labour, skills and innovation, while Ralph Jooma is the minister of transport and public works.

The President has also appointed Mary Thom Navicha as Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare, Bintony Kutsaira as Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining.

Francis Phiso has been named Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.

The Cabinet has five deputy ministers who include lawyer Chipiliro Mpinganjjra as deputy minister of defence, Esther Majaza as deputy of local government while Martha Chiuluntha Ngwira is deputy for education.

Others are Charles Mchacha for transport, Grace Kwelepeta for gender and Mungasulwa Mwambande for Natural resources.

The President has maintained prominent lawyer Kalekeni Kaphale as Attorney General and appointed new aides who include Uladi Mussa as special advisor on parliamentary affairs, ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) secretary general Grezelder Jeffrey as special advisor on women affairs while president of Depeco party Dr Chris Daza is special advisor on governance.

Mutharika had come under growing criticism over the delay in appointing his cabinet.

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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza
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President Mkango Lion Manthakanjenjemereza

A jijo mwaasiya

winston msowoya
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winston msowoya

MALAWIANS,there is no need for celebrating inauguration of the dead cabinet.What can Mwanamveka run one of the knowledgeable cabinet in the country together with an imaginable rotten Ben Phiri Uladi,Daza and including Jeffrey Wa Jeffrey dirty prostitute who once castigated the Northerners that,they will never rule Malawi until Jesus comes.It is pure the Cabinet of the misguided Lomwes plus their god Mathanyula who has destroyed our country economically and politically.The choice Muthalika has made,is exactly what he is himself and what do you expect from this moron who was rejected by the students of the Washington University in the USA.I… Read more »

mtete
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mtete

Nanunso Bwana APM! mpaka Wa Jeffrey as an aide?

COPS
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COPS

Appeasement basi………….. ma loyalists ake aliyense adyeko basi. we cant go anywhere with this kind of leadership style!

Jamax
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Jamax

Very good team Mr. President YES!!! this is the begginning of prosperity good things will never come easily but you should stand firm be strong the LORD Almighty will fight and defeat ALL your enemies – they will come as one but they shall free away in many directions. Once again never be afraid go on with your development agendas and and be focused. The whole world has now see how wicked Pastor Chakwera is he fights using blood of innocent people but he shall never rule this Nation because the LORD denied him long time ago. I personally convey… Read more »

Jack
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Jack

PERFECT

kak
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oooo

Amos wa pickup
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Amos wa pickup

Za Maliseche zenizeni. He appoints deputy ministers in not so important ministries ?

braveheart
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inu mukhalira yopanga criticize yomweyo mpaka makwinya pa nkhope.In which country has a president ever appointed people who R not loyal to him or don’t support his agenda?Bingu tried it u killed him..uyu yekha simumupha. Win in 2029 and choose who ever u like.Appointment as a minister is at the presidents plessure..whetherbits gabbage or chuff! After all u did not vote for him why R u cying?double edged sword?..so thank you and fcku u all!

TOSH
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APA NDIYE PALIBE CHIMENE WAPANGA AMENEYU PITALA

Heavens
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Heavens

whom would you have nominated if you had the opportunity of being a president? osamangolubwalubwa kuti muoneke ngati ndinu ndinu!

Joni
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Joni

Amwene, inu simungawone kuti wapala apa? Kuyendetsa dziko sipanotu?

Smart Aunt Sally
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Very good question. Actually my husband asked me the same question. I said “we are a very blessed nation. We have tippex. A president and cabinet”. True. Our neighbours are not this blessed.

Smart Aunt Sally
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What do you want us to say?

bentby
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Malawi will hardly develop due to its Poor constitution and poor minded people. The few educated malawians are greedy, selfishness and corrupted. The only way to end all this bad lucky is demostration.

Phingo Walusa
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Phingo Walusa

All idiots, some even worse than their leader! I mean, who could imagine Ben Phiri being awarded a ministerial post after insulting hounorable woman publicly just two months ago, should we say they are their to serve Malawians or its just a “thank you” for supplying tippex?

21st May
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Banana and Pariah country.