NGOs appeal for lean cabinet on merit

Representatives of the Malawi civil society say they are expecting the new President, Her Excellency Joyce Banda, to appoint a lean and clean cabinet based on merit and not partisan politics.

They said this at a news briefing in Lilongwe on the current political transition in Malawi.

They urged President Banda to ensure that the cabinet size is within the means, economically and that it is broad-based and representative of the aspirations of Malawi with the current economic, political governance crisis.

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The NGOs have since welcomed the appointment of the Inspector General (IG) of Police. Loti Dzonzi, saying he is a long serving officer and an accomplished professional.

They have since asked the new IG to expeditiously “correct” the image of the Malawi Police Services that serves the general populous as per the mandate of the country’s constitution.

Dzonzi replaces Peter Mukhitho who is accused of heavy-handedness in his handling of the July 20 2012 demonstrations during which 19 people were killed by police who used live bullets.

The presser was addressed by Undule Mwakasungula, Dorothy Ngoma, Rodgers Newa, and Reverend Macdonald Sembereka amongst others.

They also called for the appointment of Dzonzi’s deputy and to institute an independent police commission as part of strategic reforms.

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