Representatives of the Malawi civil society is expecting the new president appoint a lean and clean cabinet based on merit and not partisan politics. They said this at a briefing on the current political transition in Malawi.
They urged Her Excellency Madam Joyce Banda to ensure that the cabinet size is within the means, economically and that it is broad-based and representative of the aspirations of Malawi with the current economic, political governance crisis.
The NGOs have since welcomed the appointment of the Inspector General (IG) of Police Mr. Loti Dzonzi; saying he is a long serving officer and an accomplished professional.
They have since asked the new IG to expeditiously correct the image of the Malawi Police Services that serves the general populous as per the mandate of the country’s constitution.
Commissioner Dzonzi replaces Peter Mukhitho who is accused of heavy-handedness in his handling of the July 20 2012 demonstrations during which 19 people were killed by police who used live bullets. Mukhitho is also connected to the August 2011 gruesome murder of Robert Chasowa, a fourth-year engineering student at the Malawi Polytechnic in Blantyre. Mukhitho is believed to have dealings with the late Chasowa before he was found dead at the campus.
The presser was addressed by Undule Mwakasungula, Dorothy Ngoma, Rodgers Newa, and Reverend Macdonald Sembereka amongst others. The y also called for the appointed of Dzonzi’s deputy and to insitutute and independent police commission as part of strategic reforms.
Meanwhile, heads continue to roll in various government departments and agencies. Dr Perks Ligoya has been replaced by his deputy Mary Nkosi at the country’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of Malawi Radson Mwadiwa, has returned as Secretary to the Treasury replacing Joseph Mwanamvekha who has been keeping the government purse since 2009. Dr. Benson Tembo, who once headed Television Malawi in its formative years, will now head the merged Malawi Broadcasting Service (MBC); replacing the youthful Bright Malopa whose academic credentials remained questionable to head such an institution.
Messrs Mwanamvekha, Ligoya and Mukhitho came from the late President Bingu wa Muthalika’s Lhomwe tribe. Mwanamvekha also doubled as treasurer to the lhomwe cultural grouping, Mulhakho wa Alhomwe.