Mutharika ready to announce Malawi cabinet

Malawian President Peter Mutharika was ready to announce his 20-member Cabinet cabinet after his controversial election victory on May 20, Nyasa Times understands.

Presidential sources said the cabinet will have “surprise inclusions” and will “lay a firm basis for a government of technocrats.”

Mutharika promised a Cabinet of technocrats during his campaign for last month’s tripartite elections.

President Peter Mutharika: Has delayed in naming ministers
President Peter Mutharika: Has delayed in naming ministers

He said his cabinet will have “a balance in terms of regions and there will be a mixture of age.”

“I want people who understand our Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) manifesto and can implement it. I will appoint people on merit,” he said.

Ministers are expected to be sworn-in shortly after Mutharika announces his cabinet.

Since assuming top office, President Mutharika has yet to draw up a full government.

So far, he has only appointed Goodall Gondwe, an internationally acclaimed economist, to head up a hybrid Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development.

Gondwe had headed up the same ministry before late former president Bingu wa Mutharika died in office in April 2012.

The President also appointed Mabvuto Bamusi as special assistant to the President on NGOs; DPP spokesperson Nicholas Dausi as National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) director general and Commissioner of Police for the Southern Region Lexten Kachama as deputy inspector general of police

Analysts have urged President Mutharika to be “moving forward by appointing young people” but cautioned on “appeasement policy.”

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