Mutharika shrugs off nepotism criticism: Tells PAC cabinet hired on merit

President Peter Mutharika has told Public Affairs Committee (PAC) that he was nepotistic in his appointment of 20-member cabinet comprising ministers mostly from the southern region, saying they are based on merit.

President Mutharika faulted on Cabinet

President Mutharika faulted on Cabinet

PAC and other human rights groups criticized Mutharika, accusing him of nepotism and creating division with his Cabinet appointments, and failing to address urgent economic issues.

Two local rights groups, the Center for Human Rights and Rehabilitation and the Center for the Development of People, said President Mutharika appointed Cabinet based on nepotism and ethnicity.

PAC, which met Mutharika at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre, told the President that his choice of the Cabinet, largely from his stronghold, the Southern Region, may have (a negative) impact on good governance.

Committee chairperson the Reverend Felix Chingota told the President said PAC has no problems with the size of the Cabinet, but the personalities.

Speaking to reporters after the President meeting with PAC, Minister of Foreign Affairs George Chaponda, who attended the meeting, said the President picked some technocrats that are not MPs into his Cabinet from other regions such as Minister of Finance (Goodall Gondwe), Minister of Justice (Samuel Tembenu) and Minister of Housing and Lands (Bright Msaka).

PAC publicity secretary Father Peter Mulomole of the Catholic Church told journalists that the President told the PAC delegation that he chose his Cabinet based on members of Parliament (MPs) his party has.

Mulomole said the President also said that most of his MPs are from the Southern Region and wondered how else he should have done it since traditionally Cabinet ministers are picked from parliamentary representatives one has.

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ras dunga
Guest

Let me tel u ppo….Malawi iz a vry poor country we depend on donors so stop talking shit..u com from north, central or south we are all malawians…evry president has his own choice of ppo 2 work with.

Avide Lunguja
Guest

The saying goes: we can do without the north….!

JAYJAY
Guest

ZITSIRU ZINA ZA KUMWERA KONKO ZIKUVUTIKA KAMBA KOLEPHERA KULAMULA KWA PETER KOMA SAKUTHA KUWONA KAMBA KA UMBULI.OR PETER AKUDZIWA KUTI OMUTSATIRA AKE ONSE NDI MBUZI,KUGANIZA KWAWO NKOPEREWERA.THEY FORGET THAT WHEN YOU VISIST ALL THE MARKETS IN THE NORTHERN DISTRICTS OF MALAWI,AMBIRI ALI MU MSIKAMO NDI AKUMWERA,AKWATIRA KONKO KU MPOTO ATAWONA AZIMAYI A KWAWO OSAKONGOLA NDIPO OSASAMBA,ONUNKHA LITSIRO.

haswel bello gama
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the so called nyika people muuzane pangani zanu.musasokoneze amalawi anthu odzikonda inu.ngati mitima yanu yafufuma, iphulike bwanji.simudzalamulanso boma muuzane.in democrancy, majority rules and we the southerners timaberekana osati masewera.sizanu zautsiruzo mulipo angati kuti mutenge boma akawalala inu!

Abdul Azizi Budafrika
Guest

Ur nt God myfrnd.

Motonga Kolomoka---Nkhatabay
Guest
Peter Hitler Mutharika is a liar and a thief. This man is tribalist and the father of all “isms.” In his eyes only people from Southern region have merits while other regions are nonsense. Why he can’t let other regions be independent because we are sick and tired of a man who is justifying his tribalism as the way to go. Malawi need FEDERALISM with strong provincial governments, rotational presidency among our three regions, and a point system(Electoral College). For a party to win the presidency it must win two provinces out of three. Malawi will know no peace until… Read more »
Ninja
Guest

Stupid president!

"12 TWELVE 12"
Guest

ine ndapita kwathu sipaziko 361

Onasiwelo
Guest
You PAC are stupid as well, has the president accepted before that he has made a mistake? I thought to him everything is well, starting when he was minister of justice there was strike did he solve it? Minister of education the University saga did he accept the responsibilities? What about when he was minister of foregn affairs did he not advise his late brother may his soul rest in hell to chase the British man. To him he does not make mistakes and remember his elder brother answered a prayer in Mzuzu so does he. You PAC are helpless… Read more »
haswel bello gama
Guest

kaya zanu izo! ubwino wake palibepo mbuli onse ndi ophunzira bwino. inu mmafuna asankhire kutengera zigawo? sasankha nazo gulewankulu? alomwe! alomwee! aliyense anyadire chikhalidwe chake koma by the end of all tonse ndife amalawi. amene zikumunyansa akakolope nyanja ya lake malawi.

Arthur G.M. Mtambo
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THAT WILL END, GOD IS THERE TO ASSIST MALAWIAMS, JUST WAIT AND SEE.

GOD SAVE SOULS OF MALAWIANS +

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