Chakwera calls for patience on trimming presidential powers

Lazarus Chakwera Malawi President

Written by  Glory Msowoya  -Mana

President Lazarus Chakwera has called for patience on reduction of presidential saying it cannot be done overnight.

During his inauguration at Kamuzu Barracks soon after being sworn in as Malawi president in July, Chakwera said he will propose legislation to reduce the powers of the presidency.

Speaking on behalf of the president during a State House weekly update on Monday at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre, Press Secretary Brian Banda said  reduction of powers require legislative and constitutional amendments.

“Trimming presidential powers cannot be done overnight because some of the presidential powers require parliament to deliberate on,” he said.

However, Banda said the Malawi leader is committed to relinquishing some of his presidential powers, in an effort to embrace the servant leadership which he has been popularising.

Presidential Press Secretary Brian Banda answering questions from members of the press at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre.

“Currently the president is processing of engaging the ministry of Justice just to make sure that the process is ongoing, some reduction of powers is merely administrative, which the president is already implementing by identifying the areas of government administration that presidents have historically usurped from other institutions,” he said.

The president is following all protocols needed and once completed Malawians will be updated on the way forward regarding the issue of reducing powers.

“I am just calling for patience from Malawians,” appealed Banda.