Blantyre, 25 January, 2022 / 9:00 pm (ACI Africa).
Days after religious leaders in Malawi called on the Head of State to appoint a new Cabinet, the President of the Southern African nation on Monday, January 24, announced the dissolution of his “entire cabinet effective immediately.”
“Your Excellency, reshuffle the Cabinet and appoint a competent Secretary to the President and Cabinet. Consider changes in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well, for there seems to be reputational challenges,” leaders of various religious groups in Malawi under their umbrella organization, the Public Affairs Committee (PAC), told President Lazarus Chakwera January 18.
In a speech that was given by Mons. Patrick Thawale who previously served as Diocesan Administrator of Malawi’s Catholic Archdiocese of Lilongwe, the religious leaders added, “In fact, the current Cabinet seems to be a spectator in their leadership style.”
In his January 24 national address dissolving the Malawian Cabinet, President Chakwera has been quoted as saying, “I have dissolved my entire cabinet effective immediately, and all the functions of cabinet revert to my office until I announce a reconfigured cabinet in two days.”
The reconfigured Cabinet, the Malawian President added, will exclude the immediate former Minister of Lands, Kezzie Msukwa, who was arrested last month in a bribery case, "to allow him to answer the corruption charges he is facing in court and clear his name there."