President Peter Mutharika has warned newly appointed cabinet ministers that he will not shield any minister involved in corruption.
Mutharika has also told the ministers not to be lazy adding that he will not tolerate complacency.
President Mutharika said this on Friday at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe during the swearing-in ceremony of four cabinet ministers.
The four are Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development Anna Kachikho, Minister of Mining and Natural Resources Aggrey Massi who was Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Deputy Defence Minister Everton Chimulilenji and Deputy Minister of Gender Clement Mkumbwa.
Mutharika advised the ministers to refrain from corrupt practices saying he will not protect any minister from the long arm of the law.
“Ministers are custodians of public resources and I will not shield any minister found taking part in corrupt practices,” said Mutharika.
He added that what he is looking for from the ministers is a hardworking spirit. The president also urged the new ministers to listen to advice.
“In exercising your duty, I urge you to put forward the aspirations and needs of the people. These aspirations are constantly changing with time. This means you must be listening leaders. Always listen to the needs of the people,” said Mutharika