Political scientists fault Chakwera over cabinet review process

A grouping of political scientists have given a sharp criticism to President Lazarus Chakwera for his failure to be accountable in the way the review  of cabinet as he indicated that he was going to subject the ministers to a follow up assessment where each minister will have to make a report on how they have fared before hiring new team.

President Dr Lazarus Chakwera and First Lady Madame Monica Chakwera captured during the presentation of AIP Progress Report at Kamuzu Palace-pic by Lisa Kadango (2)
Munthali: good governance is beyond rule of law,

The Political Science Association (PSA) say the Presidency did not give a convincing reason on its failure to reshuffle the cabinet.

Presidential Press Secretary Brian Banda has indicated that the process of reviewing the performance of cabinet ministers has not been finalised.

This was announced on Wednesday night, contradicting his Monday statement in which he said the new cabinet would be announced within 48 hours.

This is not the first time President Chakwera has failed to reshuffle his cabinet, as he did the same in December last year, a departure to his promises.

PSA President Joseph Chunga believes the presidency is not truthful on its failure to review the cabinet.

Political scientist, governance expert and secretary general of PSA, Makhumbo Munthali observed that  there was pledge that the President made that  each Cabinet Minister  would give a report to Malawians  publicly on their progress on each of the  key governance indicators given to them by the President.

“Many Malawians  were excited about it that maybe now we are having new way of doing things, the President is now opening up his cabinet.

“It is not about the President releasing the Cabinet, he had pledged beyond that., he pledged that there will be certain processes where there will merit based assessment of his Cabinet,” said Munthali.

He said  the assumption is that these key performance indicators would be made public for Malawians to objectively appreciate the merits and demerits of such progress reports.

“Besides, the public would be allowed to comment on the very key performance indicators. Not clear however as to what platform or channel to be used for Cabinet Ministers to publicly share their five months progress reports,” said Munthali.

He said Chakwera still has an opportunity to ensure that this processes are adhered to which he had committed to, saying “it’s good practice in as far as good governance is concerned.”

The governance expert said President has the prerogative guided by the law to change Cabinet or even keep it without any changes for his full term of office.

“However, good governance is beyond rule of law,” he said.

Munthali said active citizenship and accountability requires that the President fulfils the pledge in its entirety.

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mtete
mtete
14 days ago

Maybe some of the existing Ministers are involved in the K6.2b scum and reshuffle is awaiting results of the Forensic Audit currently underway. It wouldn’t serve any purpose appointing ministers today and do a reshuffle a month down the line after some of them have been implicated.

Mogasa
Mogasa
15 days ago

You had unfounded expectation. kkkk taking Laza serious is the same as having faith in a prostitute. Zitayanin nthawi

John chidongo
15 days ago

Pulpit President! Why a Malawi tikumupanga hold Chakwera with soft white baby gloves. We are seeing things are not going anywhere. It’s at stand still. We are doing nothing. We just satisfied kuti tinachotsa Dphiphi basi. We gone react again when we will be near voting. Zithu zikuonongeka. Tinamuika pa mpando with the influences of these so called lawyers. Mphamvu zili kwa ife anthu tsopano not ma lawyers now they just eating money very comfortable while we are the one tikuvutika kumangodyetsa misonkho ndi kuonetsera kuti akupita ku nyanja. Amalawi Amalawi tiyese kuti apange step down timuchotsepo abwerapo wina. Nafe… Read more »

Phwisa
Phwisa
15 days ago

What Chakwera is doing when he want to reshufle his cabinet is but setting a very bad precedence. Everywhere in the world a president reshufles his cabinet even without giving reasons. These are political positions and can even be terminated politically. I don’t support the so called PSA that the review be made public. A person is appointed minister without looking at his/her qualifications. Then we would always have retired Army commanders or IGs appointed as defence ministers

Amaravi
15 days ago

A Malawi sanavotere cabinet but Chakwera n Chilima,cabinet no cabinet Malawi will move on,ma analyst zibweretsani nkhani zotukura Malawi than ndale why not discussing nkhani ngati parliament deliberations which lacks substance

Melusi
Melusi
15 days ago

No cabinet reshuffle coming soon….all these ministers are not there by merit but are basically there for appeasement and if they are chopped Chakwera knows well that it will be the beginning of his end .He will bring back the same cabinet with only two or three ministers chopped and redeployed.Mark my words.

Moya
Moya
15 days ago

Why is everyone so bent on reshuffle? Ofcourse chakwera promised but is it realistic? I think a year or two is best to make a good performance analysis. Otherwise I feel Malawians just simply want someone to fall and they get satisfaction in that only without really having the interest of the country at heart “tafanana syndrome” realistically let’s not put pressure on chakwera to the reshuffle. He can review and advise the minister’s areas to improve without reshuffling. Some need to grow on the job.

Magufuli
15 days ago
Reply to  Moya

Powerful, kukhala mmalawi nkulimba mtima, pulling down syndrome is destroying Malawi… Discuss about development and not individuals, do like Onjezani Kenani. Bring up solutions, don’t wait for others or presidents. Cabinet or no cabinet let’s work to make Malawi great ourselves….

Kamchiputu
16 days ago

The treuth of the matter is that the Preident knows most of the failures in the Cabinet are from MCP and should he dismiss them he may face a rebellion.This is dangerous for our democracy because he will not be hiring the cabinet based on merit buitrather on appeasement. Chakwera is not ready to dismiss Mtambo who in people minds has completely failed to perform for he fear he may go back to HRDC and give him sleepless nights.Till now the people in my village don’t know that there is vaccine in the country and those that that heard it… Read more »

Tonse
Tonse
16 days ago

PSA itself is a bunch of fools. What they call an analysis has always been general understanding of even the illeterate. Pezani china chochita.

Erik P
Erik P
15 days ago
Reply to  Tonse

100% agree. They’re mostly politician wannabes who repeat the recent Zeitgeist and love the convoluted minutea of poltical rhetoric, without any thought to practical outcomes.

Mdala
Mdala
16 days ago

Failing on your own promises and deadlines is seldom a sign of successful leadership, Mr. President! You and your Tonse government loose momentum like this with every passing day! Pull your socks up and walk the talk!

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