President Peter Mutharika has appointed Aggrey Masi as Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development.
The appointment follows the sacking of former minister George Chaponda, a development which saw Mutharika assuming the role of Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development.
“His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika President of the Republic of Malawi, in exercise of powers vested in him by section 92(1) as read with section 94(1) of the constitution of the Republic of Malawi, has appointed Hon. Aggrey Masi MP, Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development. The appointment is with immediate effect,” reads a statement signed by chief secretary to government Lloyd Muhara.
Masi’s appointment means Mutharika will continue his role as head of the ministry until another minister is appointed.
Mutharika fired Chaponda last month after huge sums of money in various currencies was found at the legislator’s house.
The money was found when investigators went to Chaponda’s house to look for information in relation to the procurement of maize from Zambia.