By Lusekere Mhango
KARONGA-(MaraviPost)-Veteran governance and Human Rights Activist Undule Mwakasungula has commended President Lazarus Chakwera for putting in place a branded cabinet that is based on merit and founded on a desire to make the country a better place for all.
The call comes as Chakwera appointed a 29 man cabinet which include 12 women and 17 men after he had dissolved the previous cabinet late on Monday.
In an interview Mwakasungula, said he welcome the full cabinet saying its a mixed bag with new and old faces.
“I applaud the President for combining the ministry of Finance and Economic Planning unlike the previous structure. The new minister will have big task of reviving the economy with more sound people centered strategies and I believe with the support of all other stakeholders it will be possible,” he said.
Furthermore, Mwakasungula expressed delight with the promotion of women to senior cabinet Ministers citing the appointment of Nancy Tembo as Foreign Affairs Minister and Gin Sendeza as Homeland Security Minister .
“These are key ministries and is a big plus and boost in the involvement of women in important national making positions and it is also a good indication and commitment from the President in promoting women in this country,” he explained.
Never the less the governance and human rights advocate was also happy to see that the president had lived up to his words by not naming ministers implicated in corruption probe saying this shows how serious and committed the Head of State is in fighting corruption hence will give hope to Malawians.
However Mzuzu Youth Anti-corruption Movement Leader Matthews Kajani, while commending Chakwera for excluding alleged Ministers involved in corruption, the movement has urged the President to be more decisive in decision making when it comes to corruption issues in his cabinet.
Among notable new faces in the cabinet include Peoples Party (PP) Secretary General Ibrahim Matola who heads the ministry of Energy and Malawi Congress Party second vice president Harry Mkandawire who was named deputy minister of defense.