Who will make it into Mutharika’s new Cabinet? Chaponda may bounce back

President Peter Mutharika has promised to maintain a lean cabinet of 20 members and that he will announce it before Parliament opens on June 21, saying he is meanwhile scrutinising resumes of different possible personnel to be considered for cabinet portfolios.

Former ministers George Chaponda (centre), Henry Mussa and Bintony Kutsaira: Fingers crossed

“I am currently working on the cabinet which will be a representative of all sections; men, women, the youth and the elderly.

“Before the National Budget Sitting of Parliament, we will have a new and functional cabinet comprising 20 members,” Mutharika said on Sunday during a victory rally he held at Njamba Freedom Party in Blantyre.

As Malawians are anxiously waiting to see who will be hired into the Cabinet of President Mutharika in his second term, journalist Felix Mponda writes on possibilities.

One thing for sure is that Vice President Everton Herbert Chimulirenji secured his seat in Cabinet when he was voted alongside Mutharika as the second in command of State House.

Another thing for sure is that APM is likely to maintain a lean cabinet— continuing his 2014 manifesto promise which saw him not exceeding 18 ministers and deputies, one of the smallest cabinets on earth.

Just as he did with Chimulirenji when he picked him as his running-mate, APM will also look at loyalty, hardwork, integrity, patriotism and all what it takes to be a minister in a country with ambition to move out of the cesspit of poverty and “develop beyond recognition.”

No prizes will be given for guessing who will be in the Cabinet. But we can only say that APM will consider regional and gender balance in his selection of ministers to serve under him.

APM is,for sure, already at work. The beauty of being President is that the choice of your team is privileged to only one person: The President. Whoever he hires, that’s it. Nobody—and not even the constitution-stops him to pick whoever he wants.

The beauty with APM is that he is a patient President. Others, especially his critics, think being patient is his weakness. I think the opposite is true. That’s his greatest strength. They say patience is virtue.

Now, here is my take: I think –and this is purely my thinking- APM will pick 4 politicians from the North into his Cabinet, 4 from central and the rest 10 from eastern and southern regions, to make it 18.

I could be wrong. But whoever is hired, well, the best of luck. You have a good job. APM likes to keep his ministers for longer periods, ensuring continuity.

But whoever  will be hired, know this and I will quote what APM said when he was being sworn in recently: ”Malawi has a long way ahead. We need to walk together on our path to the Malawi we want. We have a dedicated duty before us. So, help us God.”

APM also beseeched God to “grant us the courage to make the right decisions, the faith to believe in our country and the patience to walk the path of our destiny.”

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Phingo Walusa
Phingo Walusa
1 year ago

Obviously top thieves and killers! I cry for Malawi

TIPPEXPRESIDENT@gmail.com
1 year ago

MBAVA TITHANA NAZO

Maunitsi
Maunitsi
1 year ago

Agree Malawi will remain the poorest. If our courts do decide not annul due to this corruption at its best then Malawians are sentenced to death again in many areas because God will not allow it and something big will happen. Our courts is the only hope now and delver just to rescue Malawians from evil.

nyarugwe
nyarugwe
1 year ago

I hope Chaponda comes back into cabinet, he may have some weaknesses here and there but overall he is good perfomer

Malawiyano
Malawiyano
1 year ago

the cabinet will also include children. I heard him saying it will be composed of men, women, youth and children

Mann
Mann
1 year ago

The article leaves a lot to be desired. Going through all those myriad paragraphs, I can only point out two points presented, in other words, its a wordy garbage with no meaning. Polish up your message delivery skills.

Chimtonga cha vindele Mbwenu mtumbuka
Reply to  Mann

Can you post yours I should compare? Why do you/Malawians always undermine(s) each other?

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
1 year ago
Reply to  Mann

To be honest the article is useless the guy is only praising Mutharika this, Mutharika that. Critics this & that yet the title is about the Cabinet.

Andrew Kamwendo
Andrew Kamwendo
1 year ago
Reply to  Keen Observer

So the article is useless because it is praising some one you dont like . You are an idot

Chintemwende
Chintemwende
1 year ago
Reply to  Mann

Zoona. Time wasting

COPS
COPS
1 year ago

Tenganani mbava zonse muikane mu cabinet mo and ruin Malawi the more……………. who cares??

TIPPEXPRESIDENT@gmail.com
1 year ago
Reply to  COPS

MBAVA TITHANA NAZO

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