MZUZU-(MaraviPost)-The newly elected President of the republic of Malawi Dr. Lazarus Chakwera has appointed his first cabinet ministers after taking oath of his office on Sunday June 28,2020.
In his cabinet, president Chakwera has included Mr. Felix Mlusu who once served as a NICO group of companies Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer before retiring in 2016 and has been the first to take oath of the office as minister of finance in Chakwera’ administration.
The other ministers are Richard Chimwendo Banda- MP for Dowa East who is now the minister of Homeland security who has also taken his oath of office, Modecai Msiska SC(minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs), Chikosa Silungwe has been appointed as Attorney General.
President Chakwera has also appointed his vice Dr. Saulos Klaus Chilima as minister for economic planning and development also responsible for public service reforms.
Apart from making cabinet appointments, Chakwera has made some non cabinet appointments.
In his remarks after two ministers who are Mlusu and Chimwendo took their oath of office, Chakwera urged the ministers already sworn in and those to be appointed to selflessly serve the people of Malawi as their stay within the cabinet will be assessed by the citizens they will be serving.
The president told the nation that the first appointments have been made in consultation with his partner in service for Malawians Dr. Saulos Chilima (State vice President) in accordance to section 92(1) and 94(1) of the constitution of Malawi as they are critical in the transition process from the previous administration.
President Chakwera further revealed that in his cabinet which will have not more than 30 ministers will have not less than 40% women representation for gender balance in serving the nation.
Meanwhile the speaker of the national assembly Hon. Catherine Gotani Hara has already announced some changes in the chamber following June 23,2020 fresh presidential election results which include declaring Lilongwe North West constituency which was being represented by president Lazarus Chakwera vacant.