The newly appointed Minister of Information Moses Kunkuyu has finally been sworn by the Chief Secretary Mr. Bright Msaka. The swearing in ceremony took place this morning (April 12, 2012) at the office of president and cabinet in the capital Lilongwe.
He replaces Patricia Kaliati as government spokesperson. Kaliati was the first casualty since Joyce Banda assumed the presidency on Saturday April 7 2012; taking over from Bingu wa Muthalika, 78, who died of heart attack on Thursday April 5.
Last Tuesday the president justified her decision to replace the Mulanje parliamentarian saying it was necessary to restore the lost glory of the ministry. Kaliati was known for her careless and casual approach to handling government information.
Madame Banda said she is expecting the youthful minister to tell her nothing but the truth; giving her honest advice and not to praise her.
Mr. Kunkuyu was once in Hope Alliance, a grouping of DPP parliamentarians who were fighting within the party against the endorsement of Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, Bingu’s kid brother, as the party’s 2014 torch bearer.
The newly appointed information minister Moses Kunkuyu says the Joyce Banda administration will ensure that the state-controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) will provide fair coverage. He said he will put concrete steps to ensure that all stakeholders have equal or fair access to the public air waves. The minister assured Malawians that he will exercise his duties with prudence and dignity.
Consequently, Kunkuyu has also replaced Akweni, as Kaliati is popularly known, in the Bingu funeral committee. Wa Muthalika’s are expected in Malawi on Saturday April 14 instead of the previously announced Thursday April 12. Burial is scheduled for April 23 2012 at his Ndata farm in Thyolo.