Mutharika to name 20-member ‘cabinet of technocrats’ this week

Malawi’s new President Professor Peter Mutharika will form a new government and name his 20-member Cabinet this week after he will be installed as Head of State on Monday.

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

On Sunday he told a private radio Zodiak in Tiuzeni Zoona interview program that his cabinet will have “a balance in terms of regions and there will be a mixture of age.”

Malawi President Peter Mutharika

Malawi President Peter Mutharika

Mutharika said he will stick to his electoral pledge of appointing a lean cabinet of technocrats.

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

DPP spokesman Nicholous Dausi said the newly elected leader will announce members of his Cabinet this week after the inauguration.

“I hope and believe that indeed it will be a Cabinet of technocrats,” said Dausi. “We want to move away from a period of mediocrity to a period of meritocracy, and that would soon be announced soon after the inauguration.”

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