President Chakwera appoints Kaferapanjira economic advisor

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera has appointed Malawi Confederation of Chambers of Commerce and Industry (MCCCI) chief executive officer Chancellor Kaferapanjira as his chief economic advisor, Nyasa Times understand.

Kaferapanjira: Appointed chief economic advisor to President Chakwera

The appointments take immediate effect.

Chakwera is signalling a private sector-centric formula to the country’s prosperity as he also entrusted economic planning and fiscal policy to two former business executives.

Felix Mlusu—who used to run multinational conglomerate Nico Holdings plc as managing director and chief executive officer— was appointed Minister of Finance.

While  former Airtel Malawi managing director and now Vice-President Saulos Chilima was given an expansive portfolio covering economic planning, development and public sector reforms.

At State House, Kaferapanjira will link up with former MCCCI president Prince Kapondamgaga who was appointed  Chief of Staff at State Residences.

Kaferapanjira holds an MSc(Economic Management & Policy) (with distinction) specializing in Industrialisation, Trade and Economic Policy, an MSc(Strategic Management), a Bachelor of Commerce(Business Administration), a Diploma in Business Studies, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing.

He is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing (MCIM) and a Member of Economics Association of Malawi.

In addition he has attended various courses in Leadership, Change Management, Economic Analysis, Public Policy, Marketing, among others from the Royal Institute of Public Administration, London, the University of Maastricht School of Governance, University of the Philippines, and other reputable centres of excellence.

Kaferapanjira was Deputy General Manager of the Malawi Investment Promotion Agency before joining MCCCI in January 2003.

Upon graduating from the University of Malawi in 1990, he had stints with Southern Bottlers, KPMG, and NICO Limited.

Kaferapanjira has varied experience from both the public and private sector and previously sat on the boards Malawi Revenue Authority, National Roads Authority, Roads Fund Administration, and National Construction Industry Council, among others.  He also sits on the boards of Old Mutual Unit Trust, Combine Cargo Limited, Malawi Institute of Procurement and Supplies, and the Malawi Business Coalition Against HIV/AIDS.

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Mseuwaboma
Mseuwaboma
10 months ago

We have traded one belt for another belt. All 4 advisors appointed so far are from the Chewa Belt. Apart from the fact that, as others have pointed out, these advisors are not really necessary LMC is showing that he is just as bad as APM. Appointing people from one tribe. This is how leaders lose the trust of other ethnic groups. It’s not too late. LMC should start paying attention to fair distribution of appointments. He can’t hide behind the bland ” I look at a person’s achievements” mantra. This is 2020, all tribes in Malawi have experienced technocrats…

Tizanka
Tizanka
10 months ago

CHEFO – Chewa Heritage Foundation

Abusa onyenga
Abusa onyenga
10 months ago

Tasankhaninso from mitundu inayi monga Ayao, Atumbuka, Asena, Atonga, Angoni, Alomwe, Anyakyusa, Alambia, Anyungwi, Ankhonde, Atonga, AMang’anja etc. Nanga monse mwayambira kusankhana achewa muja????

Ziliko
Ziliko
10 months ago
Reply to  Abusa onyenga

Tikusankhatu anthu amapepala osangoti Zina zilizonse

Mpoloni
Mpoloni
10 months ago
Reply to  Ziliko

Mapepala ali nawo ndi Achewa okha?

Abusa onyenga
Abusa onyenga
10 months ago

How many advisors does abusa want to have? Otherwise congratulations Mchinji boy Kaferapanjira, ino ndi nthawi ya achewa . U kambuku wa Chakwera wayamba kuonekera tsopano.

John Kennedy
John Kennedy
10 months ago

Does the President really needs an economic advisor? He has the National Planning Commission responsible for economic planning for long-term. This comprises eminent Economist Malawi can provide. Next he has Minister of Economic Planning and Development who is also up to the task as we all know. So these are not enough, he needs a third person, a Presidential Advisor on Economic Affairs. Well if the other two cannot provide that advice with all the state machinery at their finger-tips I don’t think the Presidential Advisor will be able to deliver above the other two. Let’s just stop copying everything… Read more »

mtete
mtete
10 months ago

As far as I am concerned, kaferapanjira is a very good choice by Chakwera. I know the man and have interacted with him on several occasions. He does not brag but tells it the way it should. I think Chakwera would have appointed him anyway were he Lhomwe, Tumbuka, Yao or Sena.

iweyo
iweyo
10 months ago
Reply to  mtete

its not about being good or not. If you read his profile there is already too much on his place. Can we give chance to others. I dont mind where somebody comes from as long as one is capable but this tendency of giving opportunities to same people is what I hate. Malawi has 18million people yet we hear of just a few sharing the cake. we are talking of creating employment yet we accumulate appointment s on same people always and worse still there is this stupid tendency of hiring people from retirement. Let those who have retired rest.

Malembo Folo
Malembo Folo
10 months ago

Congrats Chancellor

chimbirajembe
10 months ago

Same nepotistic approach. Congratulations kwa Achewa nonse. Dyerantuni chifukwa 2025 kuzakhala chipasupasu, ndizimene mwayambazi. Maudindo kumapatsirana kudambwe basi.

mtete
mtete
10 months ago
Reply to  chimbirajembe

Sour grapes! You wish he appointed a Mulakho? Kaferapanjira is very competent. Chakwera has made a very good decision; a square peg in a square hole, so to say.

mpatsa
mpatsa
10 months ago

antu enawa ndi achani mungofuna kuononga ndalama zaboma achakwela you arleady have chilima and Felix mulusu ena ndi chaniso

myfriend
myfriend
10 months ago

That is good. Teach the bastard what an audit report is. Its seems Kampondeni and Kadzako are misleading him. To say stupid things like government has 1,3 trillion and that DPP should state what they stole is the most stupid statement I have ever heard from a minister of information. Kadzako is a complete misfit for this ministry. We are not playing drama here but running government. If Chakwera is going to continue with silly people like Kampondeni and Kadzako, then he is doomed.

Neba
Neba
10 months ago
Reply to  myfriend

A my friend siyani kutukwana. Kodi munaba nao eti?

nyarugwe
nyarugwe
10 months ago
Reply to  myfriend

Even k20 stolen from our coffers is a serious matters, you are just playing semantics with numbers-theft is theft

malawi
malawi
10 months ago
Reply to  myfriend

mwakwiyatu imwani madzi mungakomoke

Opportunist
Opportunist
10 months ago
Reply to  myfriend

Anawinabe ife tikusangalala

Gee
Gee
10 months ago
Reply to  myfriend

The way u’ve reacted myfriend ukuoneka kuti nawenso unapindula nawo, it seems u were one of hand clappers to be faver when awarding tenders

Dzikolanga
Dzikolanga
10 months ago
Reply to  myfriend

What a dunderhead you are! Umafuna Ku information kukhalebe mbuzi yanu ija Botomani who was so clueless and rubbish ndi kape Mgeme Ku State House? Was that running a government? Spare us from your stupidity cadets! Muchira!

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