Mutharika faces criticism over new cabinet

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By Wezi Nyirongo Chamanza

President Peter Mutharika is facing heavy criticism for creating numerous ministerial positions in what is termed as a move to appease his political allies.

In a departure from his pledge of having a lean cabinet, Mutharika has appointed a 32 member cabinet which was announced last night.

The cabinet outline shows different ministers for natural resources, environment, energy and mining which were previously under one portfolio.

There is also a redundancy on the tourism portfolio as two ministers will have to do the same task.

Critics describe this as a big blunder, saying the cabinet may have been appointed in a hurry or it is a deliberate strategy to appease his allies.

Those commenting on social media accuse Mutharika of disregarding the country’s economic status for his political gains ahead of the May 19 presidential polls.

The cabinet also includes United Democratic Front-UDF members in which its leader Atupele Muluzi is now the Energy Minister, the party’s Vice President Lilian Patel is appointed the Labour Minister.

A fierce critic of the DPP regime Rumphi East legislator Kamlepo Kalua is also a cabinet minister, while the state vice president Saulos Chilima is not part of the cabinet.    

 

Below is a full list of the new cabinet:

  1. His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi, Minister of Defence, Commander-In-Chief of the Malawi Defence Force.
  • Honourable Chipiliro Mpinganjira, M.P., Deputy Minister of Defence.

 

  1. Honourable Everton Herbert Chimulirenji, Minister of Disaster Management Affairs and Public Events.

 

  1. Honourable Joseph Mwanamvekha, M.P., Minister of
    Finance, Economic Planning and Development.

 

  1. Honourable Dr. William Susuwele-Banda, M.P., Minister of Education, Science and Technology.
  • Honourable Ismail Rizzq Mkumba, M.P., Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology.

 

  1. Honourable Kondwani Nankhumwa, M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.
  2. Honourable Francis Kasaila, M.P., Minister of Agriculture and Food Security.
  • Honourable Chimwemwe Chipungu, M.P., Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Security.

 

  1. Honourable Bright Msaka, S.C., M.P., Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

 

  1. Honourable Ralph Jooma, M.P., Minister of Transport and Public Infrastructure.

 

  1. Honourable Charles Mchacha, M.P., Minister of Irrigation and Water Development.
  • Honourable Esther Majaza, M.P., Deputy Minister of Irrigation and Water Development.

 

  1. Honourable Benson Malunga Phiri, M.P., Minister of Local Government and Rural Development.
  • Honourable Grezelder Jeffrey, Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development.

 

  1. Honourable Ibrahim Salim Bagus, M.P, Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism.
  • Honourable Kenneth Ndovie, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade.

 

  1. Honourable Kamlepo Kalua, M.P., Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

 

  1. Honourable Mary Thom Navicha, M.P., Minister of Gender, Child Development and Community Development.
  • Honourable Grace Kwelepeta, M.P., Deputy Minister of Gender, Child Development and Community Development.

 

  1. Honourable Symon Vuwa Kaunda, M.P., Minister of Environment, Tourism and Wildlife.

 

  1. Honourable Lilian Patel, M. P., Minister of Labour, Skills and Innovation.

 

  1. Honourable Francis Phiso, M.P., Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.
  • Honourable Martha Chiuluntha Ngwira, M.P., Deputy Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.

 

  1. Honourable Mary Clara Makungwa, Minister of Population Planning and Social Welfare.

 

  1. Honourable Jappie Chancy Mtuwa Mhango, M.P., Minister of Health.
  2. Honourable Nicholas Dausi, M.P., Minister of Homeland Security.
  3. Honourable Mark Michael Botomani, M.P., Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology.
  4. Honourable Atupele Muluzi, Minister of Energy.
  5. Honourable Henry Chimunthu Banda, M.P., Minister of Natural Resources and Mining.
  • Honourable Welani Chilenga, M.P., Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Mining.
  1. Honourable Clement Chiwaya, Minister of Persons with Disability and the Elderly.

 

 

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