Chakwera reshuffles cabinet after two years in power

By Chrissy Nkumba

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-As president Lazarus Chakwera is in the process of reconstituting the cabinet which he dissolved on Monday January 25, 2022 by choosing a partial cabinet comprising of 12 members,one of the country’s political analyst has expressed concern over the reconstituted cabinet.

The concern comes after noting that most old members of the dissolved cabinet have returned their positions in the new cabinet as this is not what people expected because the cabinet was dissolved and not reshuffled.

This development has also been viewed with mixed reactions by a cross section of Malawians who say after the dissolution of the cabinet,the president would have chosen fresh faces into the cabinet otherwise the president was supposed to announce that he was making minor changes to the cabinet and not dissolve the entire cabinet.

Political analyst, George Phiri, a lecturer at University of Livingstonia said the returning of the same faces that people wanted out of the cabinet has raised concerns as to whether the president is really serving the interest of Malawians or he is serving his partisan interests.

“Much as some faces have not made it to the initial 12-member cabinet, what is a concern is the fact only two members are new in the 12 member cabinet and that almost 90 percent of the members have returned their positions.So what was the reason for the president to dissolve the cabinet yet ministers have returned their positions?”said Phiri.

President Chakwera in a national address on Monday evening dissolved his entire cabinet and promised to reconstitute it within 48 hours. He released the initial cabinet of 12 members midnight of Wednesday January 27, 2022.

The new faces are Samuel Kawale who is appointed Minister of Lands replacing embattled Kezzie Msukwa who is answering corruption charges, another one is Mark Katsonga Minister of trade replacing Sosten Gwengwe.

Conspicuously missing on the list are crucial ministries like Finance, Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security and Defence.

Some commentators have questioned why the ministry of finance is missing on the list yet the ministry is in the process of preparing a nation budget to be tabled in parliament which starts meeting on February 3, 2022.

Others are also questioning why the ministry of Foreign Affairs is missing on the initial list yet Malawi is currently the chairperson of Southern African Development Community (SADC) as such Malawi should be in the fore front strengthening diplomatic ties within the region through the ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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