Chakwera fires Malawi Finance Minister

…Msungama, Gaffar, Kachale also fired

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President Lazarus Chakwera has fired Felix Mlusu as Minister of Finance and has taken away Economic Planning from a portfolio held by Vice President Saulos Chilima.

The Vice President used to be Minister of Economic Planning and Public Sector Reforms but Chakwera has only left him with Public Sector reforms.

Chakwera has since appointed Sosten Gwengwe as the new Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs. The changes come as Chilima was implementing an economic recovery plan announced by the Chakwera administration in a bid to address the rise in cost of living.

Gwengwe: New Minister of Finance

The Malawi leader, in the second part of  a reshuffled cabinet announced today, has removed Malawi Congress Party (MCP) Secretary General Eisenhower Mkaka from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and MCP Youth Director Richard Chimwendo from the Ministry of Homeland of Security.

Mkaka is now Minister of Natural Resources and Climate Change, swapping roles with Nancy Tembo who is Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Richard Chimwendo Banda has been named Minister of Youth and Sports, replacing Ulemu Msungama who has been fired.

The President has appointed Albert Mbawala as Minister of Mining to replace the fired Abdul Gaffar while People’s Party Secretary General Ibrahim Matola is Minister of Energy.

Those fired from cabinet also include Chrissy Kanyasho who was former Deputy Minister of Health and Agnes Nkusankhoma who was Deputy Minister of Agriculture.

New faces in the cabinet include Harry Mkandawire (Deputy Minister of Defence) Monica Chang’anamuno (Deputy Minister of Education), John Bande (Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation), Enock Phale (Deputy Minister of Health) and Deus Gumba (Deputy Minister of Lands).

In the reshuffled cabinet, Chakwera has promoted three former female deputy ministers to cabinet ministers. They include Jean Muonaowauza Sendeza who is Minister of Homeland Security and was formerly Deputy Minister of Defence .

The 29-member cabinet include 12 women and 17 men

The following is the full Malawi Cabinet list.

  1. Sosten Alfred Gwengwe. M.P. Minister
    of Finance and Economic Affairs.
  2. Nancy Tembo, M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs.
  3. Jean Muonaowauza Sendeza, M.P., Minister of Homeland Security.
  4. Eisenhower Nduwa Mkaka, M.P.
    Minister of Natural Resources and Climate Change.
  5. Richard Chimwendo Banda. M.P., Minister of Youth and Sports.
  6. Timothy Pagonachi Mtambo. Minister of National Unity.
  7. Gospel Kazako, Minister of
    Information and Digitisation.
  8. Dr Albert Mbawala, M.P. Minister of
    Mining.
  9. lbrahim Matola., Minister of Energy.
  10. Lobin C. Lowe, M.P., Minister of Agriculture
  11. Michael Bizwick Usi, Minister of Tourism, Culture and Wildlife
  12. Patricia Annie Kaliati, Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare
  13. Titus Mvalo, Minister of Justice
  14. Agnes Nyalonje, Minister of Education
  15. Khumbize Kandodo Chiponda, M.P, Minister of Health
  16. Jacob Hara, M.P, Minister of Minister of Transport and Public Works
  17. Blessings Darlo Chinsinga, Minister of Local Government
  18. Vera Kamtukule, Minister of Labour
  19. Abida Sidik Mia, M.P, Minister of Water and Sanitation
  20. Mark Katsonga Phiri, M.P, Minister of Trade and Industry
  21. Samuel Kawale M.P, Minister of Lands

The following have been appointed as Deputy Ministers:

  1. Harry Mkandawire. Deputy Minister of
    Defence.
  2. Nancy Chaola Mdooko, M.P. Deputy
    Minister of Transport and Public Works.
  3. Madalitso Wirima Kambauwa, M.P.,
    Deputy Minister of Agriculture.
  4. Halima Alima Daud, M.P., Deputy
    Minister of Local Government.
  5. Deus Gumba, M.P. Deputy Minister of
    Lands.
  6. Enock Phale, M.P. Deputy Minister of
    Health.
  7. John Bande, M.P. Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation.
  8. Monica Chang’anamuno, M.P. Deputy
    Minister of Education.
  9. Agnes Nkusankhoma, M.P.  Deputy Minister of Gender, Community Development and Social Welfare.

Chakwera appoints 12 cabinet ministers

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