No fuss about reshuffle, Cabinet in place: ‘President’s prerogative to hire or fire ministers’ – State House

State President Lazarus Chakwera communication team at State House has  the Malawi leader will announce his new Cabinet when he is ready and stressed that its it is the “prerogative” of the Head of State to hire or fire ministers.

Kampondeni:The President is not making any further comment on Cabinet

During the virual State House Media briefing on Monday, director of communication and executive assistant the President, Sean Kampondeni, said Chakwera will not make further comments as to when he is expected to unveil a new Cabinet.

Malawians have bee eagerly waiting to learn who will be included or dropped in this reshuffle as presidential press secretary Brian Banda had indicated a March 31 deadline for the release of the incoming Cabinet.

On Monday, Kampondeni said President Chakwera was meeting Secretary to the President and Cabinet Zangazanga  Chikhosi over “Cabinet matters.”

But as to where’re he was releasing names of new ministers, Kampondeni said: “The President is not making any further comment on Cabinet until he is ready to address the nation on the same either personally or through the Secretary to the President and Cabinet.”

Answering questions from reporters, press secretary Banda  said there is  currently a Cabinet in place  except Minister of Transport and minister of Local Government whose portfolio holders Sidik Mia and Lingstone Belekanyama csuccumbed to Covid -19.

Banda said it remains “President’s prerogative” to hire or fire his ministers.

Chakwera’s first Cabinet was not the resounding success as it was perceptibly discriminatory with a lot of people coming from one region particulary  Lilongwe district  as well as failing to achieve gender balance.

Some sections of the public felt the ministerial appointments were just a gimmick to reward party loyalists and the individuals who contributed, financially or otherwise, to Chakwera’s Malawi Congress Party (MCP) for his rise to the presidency.

Malawians expect Chakwera to pick capable lieutenants to help him execute his vision of a better Malawi.

This commenators say, will need Chakwera to relive the loyalists and let seasoned technocrats with demonstrable ability in their respective fields to lead and not politicians to lead ministerial portfolios outside of their primary fields of expertise.

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John chidongo
1 month ago

Sanasankhidwe ndi Mulungu awa kutsogolera Mulungu anasankhidwa ndi nkhoti. Ndiye amaona ngati nkhoti lo lidziwathandiza kulamulira lero nkhoti linafumukako zawakulira. Kutengera dziko ndi nkhwizi. Lero tomwefe tinavoto tinachotsa pa mpando ngati nzanu uja tikuti chonde mudzisungira ulemu tulani pansi udindowo. STEP DOWN. A Malawi eni ake voti tiyeni panseu. Watikwana Jokera yu. Gule kwao.

Assange WikiLeaks
1 month ago

DPP will never come back no matter how hard the bark. They will never ever come back.
Who questioned Muthalika’s cabinet of form form. When questioned Muluzi’s 48 member cabinet? Muluzi was just an idiot. He made all defectors like Bundaunda Phiri and other ministers. What an idot!

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Baba Tunde
Baba Tunde
1 month ago

DPP may not come.bak to power anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean we should not hold the current administration to account. We voted them to make change and steer the development of this country. Chakwera said it with his own mouth that Ministers will be evaluated publicly and those not reforming will be relieved of their duties. Chakwera is all bark and no bite. He should get some balls. He doesn’t have the strongest political backing even within MCP so his only hope is to deliver and earn the trust of the electorate. This is what Bingu did in his… Read more »

kenneth nkhukuzalira
kenneth nkhukuzalira
1 month ago

lets wait patiently people

Wakwiya ndi kadeti
1 month ago

I do not understand why Malawians are obsessed with cabinet. The decision maker is the president. The Ministers are there to assist the president in carrying out his duties and that is why the president can hire and fire a minister. A minister cannot challenge his firing and no body can challenge his hiring. Let’s simply focus on development. The country is a very bad state with no roads, no schools, no street lights, deforestation, poor waste management and many more.

M'memo wagulu lathu Tonse alliance mwathira mcheng
M'memo wagulu lathu Tonse alliance mwathira mcheng
1 month ago

You should have ended with ‘…and Chakwera jokes’. Don’t waste space with ‘many more’

Baba Tunde
Baba Tunde
1 month ago

You’re missing the point. If the president is worth his title, his words had better carry some credibility. He should desist from yapping if he can’t understand what it takes to execute certain actions. Who forced him to make those pronouncements that he will evaluate his cabinet and make a reshuffle within 6 months? He could have kept quiet and nobody would be bothered. Next time he wants to make a pronouncements to the nation, he should think twice. A Malawi anachenjera masiku ano as APM found out

Mapwisi
1 month ago

People are tired of the incompetence of the current cabinet that’s why they are asking the fallen pastor Chakwera to reshuffle and fire some of them such as Manganya, mtambo, Msungama, Khumbize of covidgate, Kazako, Kambala, Minister of Lands, chilima the liar, etc etc.

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Anzanufe
Anzanufe
1 month ago

When people anxiously wait for cabinet reshuffle, know that something is wrong with the current appointments. If truth is to be told, most are useless including but not limited to mtambo, msungama, chiponda, chimwendo etc. These needs to be replaced period.

mtete
mtete
1 month ago

This obsession with cabinet reshuffle is boring. Come to think of it, it’s just as well there has been a delay in announcing because the Covid 19 Audit Report is out and it looks heads are going to roll since some of current crop of.ministers are implicated.

Nzerunchuma
Nzerunchuma
1 month ago

Reason why we r concerned with delays in reshuffling the cabinet is because the cabinet is underperforming as a team using the Balanced score card.

Nzerunchuma
Nzerunchuma
1 month ago

A Chakwera has failed BIG TYM with all the cards in his hands.

Chitsiru ndine
Chitsiru ndine
1 month ago

Chakwera is a highly qualified lier and a certified crook. Malawians should not expect anything from this fallen man of God..The holy spirit departed from him the moment he was elected as president.. He is the Lord of Thugs

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