Malawi: Mutharika unveils new-look cabinet

President Bingu wa Mutharika has unveiled the long awaited cabinet to deliver services to Malawians with big surprises true to his promise.

Mutharika has named Ken Kandodo as his new finance minister. He will take over from Goodall Gondwe who has been appointed Minister of Local Government.

Survivors from the last Government include Patricia Kaliati, now a minister of women and children; Anna Kachikho appointed minister of tourism, Khumbo Kachali minister of transport, Dr George Chaponda Minister of Education, Sidik Mia minister of defence and Yunus Mussa who minister of works, Aaron Sangala minister of home affairs.

The big new comers are Prof Peter Mutharika who is Justice Minister, Etta Banda who is minister of foreign affairs, Prof Moses Chirambo responsible for health.

Others are Abi Shaba Minister of Economic planning, Eunice Kazembe as Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Lucius Brandson Kanyumba minister of sports, Grain Malunga minister of energy and mining, Levi Mwanza minister of information, Pro Peter Mwanza minister of housing, Ritchie Bizwick Muheye as minister of irrigation and Reen Kachere as minister of persons with disability.

Major casualties from the previous cabinet are: Henry Phoya, Henry Mussa, Ken Lipenga, Symon Vuwa Kaunda and Ted Kalebe,

The new cabinet members, who will be issued with new E-class Mercedes Benz limousines, will be sworn in on Thursday.

The deputy ministers included old and new faces. Billy Kaunda, Felton Mulli and John Bande were the old deputy ministers who have made it.

New faces include: Augustine Mtendere, Maggie Mauwa, Otilia Moyo Jere, Victor Sanjeni, Davie Siwimbi, Tarcisizio Gowelo, Majones Mandala Shaba, Annie Lemani, Frazier Nkhoma Nihora, Lazalo Kasaila, Steven Kamwendo, Girnger Musolira Banda and Kingsley Namakhwa.

Other deputies are Shadreck Jonasi, Teleza Mwale, Ephraim Chiume, Catherine Gotani Hara and Grolia Mwale.

Mutharika was elected for second term of office on May 19 in a landslide victory and was sworn-in on May 22.

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