The meek, the humble and the bossy: Malawi ministers arrival for Cabinet meeting

Arrival for cabinet meetings

Cabinet Ministers  have been in  a Cabinet Meeting session but social media is awash with debating the spectre of their arrival.

Vice-President Dr Saulos Chilima, who is also Minister of Economic Planning, Development and Public Sector Reforms,  alighted from a personal car—not the fuel guzzling Toyota Prado TX; self-driving, carrying the briefcase on his own and, behold, walking majestic to the meeting.

Right Honourable Chilima the vice president on arrival for Cabinet meeting
Transport Minister Sidik Mia
Minister Gospel Kazako arrives
Minister carry her Cabinet bag
Minister Roy Kachale salutes back
Minister of Foreign Affairs Mkaka arrives
Minister arrives
Deputy Minister Abida Mia arrives
Kaliati arrives for Cabinet meeting

Chilima also drove by himself the car.  It was not the first time that the VP had driven by himself. He likes driving by himself, partculary when going to church.

Trade and Industry Ministry Roy Kachale appear to have won the hearts of many when, unlike most ministers, he returned a salute to his security officer. Courtesy!

There was quite of a display of humbleness from the Mia family in Cabnet – Sidika and his wife Abia,  Minister of Tourism  Dr Michael Usi,  Minister of Foreign Affairs Eisenhower Mkaka,  Minister of Information Gospel Kazako  and many others in carrying their own briefcase.

Save for Minister of Gender Patricia Kaliati who let her security person carry her briefcase, the arrival spectre has been quite a marvel to watch.

Welcome to the age of President Lazarus Chakwera where, at least, the pomp of ministers arrival is open and visible—contrary to days before.

This was the second  Cabinet meeting since President Chakwera’s triumph in the court-ordered June 23 Fresh Presidential Election.

Chakwera hired his first full Cabinet on July 9 that included some partners in the nine-party Tonse Alliance, but immediately faced criticism over perceived appeasement as evidenced by the appointment of some relations and a couple in his team.

But the President, who has promised to transform the running of government amid a huge tide of expectations, reacted to the backlash of the Cabinet appointment with a pledge to review the Cabinet in January 2021.

He said the Cabinet would be judged on performance indicators and dared the ministers to prove the critics wrong.

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Wachiona Ndani
Wachiona Ndani
1 month ago

What’s all the fuss about ministers arriving for a cabinet meeting? Happens all the time everywhere, only this time they have been captured on camera. I’m only pleasantly intrigued by the uniformity of the briefcases. Kani amalandira ma briefcase aulele?

Mdala
Mdala
1 month ago

Let’s hope the president looks on more essential performance parameters when it comes to evaluate his ministers!

Nyusesi
1 month ago

Why is chilima putting government fuel in personal vehicles which he self drives? Is what chilima doing officially correct? Why is he despising his driver this way ? This demonstrates that this mwenye Arafat Hamdan is too selfish. Tisasekerere zopusa zodzikonda zakezo.

ERUTU
ERUTU
1 month ago
Reply to  Nyusesi

Izi pano ayi 💪🏿🐓🔥🇲🇼

Frans Phiri
1 month ago
Reply to  Nyusesi

If i remember correctly, Dr Saulos Chilima donates his salary for good cause and this speculation or assuming that cause he drives himself then is abusing government resource os ignorance disease that we fellow Africans especially this part of the Africa must be cured .

The Knight Templar
The Knight Templar
1 month ago
Reply to  Frans Phiri

Is he still donating. Tiyenera kufufuza bwino tiwona ngati akuterodi. Mkulu una anachenjeretsa

#chekete
#chekete
1 month ago
Reply to  Nyusesi

Who. said that he used the government s fuel in his private vehicle?

Anaphimbi
Anaphimbi
1 month ago

How I wish Malawi had investigative journalists of note! Chilima team has the biggest pretenders of all time. Good journalists, if there is any, kindly investigate: 1. How business associates of UTM are conducting their businesses? 2. How his UTM ministers, deputy ministers and the like are putting their unqualified friends, relations and UTM supporters into positions by connections and not by merit. The so-called public reform is nothing but fraud and hoax. I am really pissed-off that people who fought DPP and sacrificed a lot to remove it from power are now victims of insatiable appetite for power and… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by Anaphimbi
ERUTU
ERUTU
1 month ago
Reply to  Anaphimbi

Izi pano ayi 💪🏿🐓🔥🇲🇼

Malume
Malume
1 month ago

Why should Chilima be praised for driving on his own? That’s the area we say Chilima is daft. Here, he is denying his driver the allowances his fellow drivers are getting. Isn’t that mean? If he is to continue with this trend, kukasesa panja yekha, kukhala mlonda yekha, kukaphika ku kitchen yekha, kuzimeta tsitsi yekha, how will the one million jobs be created. He is supposed to be a veep who is a leading example.
Mr Chilima, that’s pathetic, change your approach.

Patriot
Patriot
1 month ago
Reply to  Malume

This type of thinking is retrogressive my friend. Why type the message on your own when you could have employed a secretary with a type writer to do the job for you thereby creating employment? The word daft befits you more than anyone else

ERUTU
ERUTU
1 month ago
Reply to  Malume

Ziphyodo ukunenazi 💪🏿🐓🔥🇲🇼

C.Gondwe
C.Gondwe
1 month ago

Mr.Khani. what’s the connection between the arrival of ministers and recession? It doesn’t make sense.

Ghengis Khan
1 month ago

Ndikukumbulira kale Bata Bullets inabwera Ku Lilongwe kusewera ndi MITCO. Bata ikunjanja ife tonse mantha kuti timu yathu ichinyidwa. Koma achina Kola Akimu, Hadley Mumba, Mwiza Nkhata ndi Davie Maleta anazunza Bullets mpakana kuigonjetsa. Moral of the story: Kutumbwa sikuyendetsa boma. Masuit bvalani, njanjani. Dikirani global recession ikufikayi, muone Kwacha injenjemere, tione kuti madolo ndi ndani.

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Smic
Smic
1 month ago
Reply to  Ghengis Khan

Wow… What’s wrong with you?? So negative and persmistic about your own country, just remember if recession hits the country everyone will be hurting. As a people we need to learn to move forward so we can better ourselves and the country.

Walibwe
Walibwe
1 month ago
Reply to  Ghengis Khan

Mwiza Khata kapena Mwiza Kumwenda?

Zakes Wa Mutowera
Zakes Wa Mutowera
1 month ago
Reply to  Ghengis Khan

Please get over your DPP sponsors or benefactors. The recession will not only affect Malawi, but the whole world. By the way, we have a more capable, transparent and professional government in Malawi.

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
1 month ago
Reply to  Ghengis Khan

You correctly say global, so if its global recession then what will be the problem cos it will not be out of inability from our leaders but rather due to the pandemic

ERUTU
ERUTU
1 month ago
Reply to  Ghengis Khan

Izi pano ayi 💪🏿🐓🔥🇲🇼

Cadet 🌽🌽🌽🌶️

The Knight Templar
The Knight Templar
1 month ago

Substance over style. My town folks, let’s make these stylish people accountable. Lets focus on the substance of their discussions and ensure they deliver on their campaign promises. We need to think of the rural folks who have nothing to do with this kind of stuff. They need meaningful development.

MALAWIAN
MALAWIAN
1 month ago

Interparty cabinet meeting.

Rebel without a cuase
Rebel without a cuase
1 month ago

WOW! Chilima actually drives himself and uses his personal vehicle…Congratulations VP SKC. The first person in Malawi to drive his own personal car to work! Such Bull from the hand clappers. This is a deliberate imaging move by the VP. HE WANTS TO DO THAT. And he has multiple government vehicles at his disposal. Then the praise of a civilian saluting a soldier. IN WHAT CAPACITY IS THE CIVILIAN SALUTING THE SOLDIER? I thought it was only people in the chain of command that salute. Is our Honorable Minister in the direct chain of command of the MDF? WE ARE… Read more »

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