President Peter Mutharika

Malawi: President Mutharika announces dissolution of cabinet

By Joseph Dumbula, Zomba Malawi

President Peter Mutharika
President Peter Mutharika

Malawi President Peter Mutharika has dissolved his Cabinet a week before the Southern African nation holds an election.

In the dissolved cabinet was Atupele Muluzi who served as Health Minister but is on the Presidential ballot papers contesting under the United Democratic Front (UDF), a party his father former President Bakili Muluzi headed in ten years of reign.

According to the Chief Secretary to Government, Mutharika, a torchbearer of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in the elections has since assumed all roles assigned to the dissolved cabinet.

The secretary Lloyd Muhara was quick to not rule out a possibility of Mutharika naming another cabinet listing as the statement says the cabinet is dissolved until another batch of appointment is made.

Political analyst Wonderful Mkhutche recently told this online paper that Mutharika abode by his promise to keep a lean cabinet under his tenure of office something he argues was no mean achievement given the broad areas of interest the economy is into.

Malawi votes this Tuesday in a highly contested election.

As Pan African Visions reported, there are seven Presidential contestants this time out against the eleven in 2014.

The others are the incumbent Vice President Saulos Chilima of the UTM, Lazarus Chakwera of the oldest party, the Malawi Congress Party, John Chisi of the Umodzi Party, Peter Kuwani of the Mbakuwaku Movement for Development and Independent contestant Hadwick Kaliya.

On the ballot papers will be Ward Councilors, Members of Parliament and the President.

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