President Mutharika hires new lean Cabinet amid crisis surrounding his legitimacy – Malawi Nyasa Times

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President Peter Mutharika has finalised organising  the composition of the Executive and is set to announce the new Cabinet,  the first in his second five-year term of office.

Mutharika: Ready with Cabinet

Nyasa Times understands that Mutharika, sworn in on May 28 and inaugurated on May 31 following his declared victory in the May 21 Tripartite Elections, has finalised doing some background checks on the prospective appointees and that he is now in the capital Lilongwe, the lean Cabinet will be announced  between Wednesday and Thursday.

The men and women who Mutharika will introduce to the nation tonight as the drivers of his administration have a tall order – with service delivery levels regressing -over timid economic growth rates too low to make an impact towards poverty levels; a shrinking labour market in a population dominated by youths; an unstable energy environment that is speeding up the country’s de-industrialisation; institutionalised fraud and corruption that deprives taxpayers 30 percent of the national budget and a collapsing social service delivery architecture torturing citizens in crucial sectors such as health, education and agriculture.

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Mutharika promised that he will maintain a 20-member lean Cabinet, including the President and Vice-President, saying the new crop of Cabinet ministers “will be all-inclusive and developmental focused”.

The President is scheduled to open a new session of Parliament with a delivery of a State of the Nation Address (Sona) on June 21.

Governance commentator Makhumbo Munthali said the President should put into perspective some factors in his selection.

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“Perhaps what will be crucial is for him is to ensure that he puts up a Cabinet that takes into consideration the Gender Equality Act of 60-40 percent ratio in as far as male and female representation is concerned and at least 30 percent youth representation as well as ensuring there is a regional balance,” he said.

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Further, Munthali said the President should also not restrict his choice of Cabinet ministers to MPs or politicians, but should extend his search to the private sector or civil society who may share his developmental agenda.
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