Outrage as Malawi's president appoints relatives as cabinet ministers

Outrage as Malawi's president appoints relatives as cabinet ministers

- President Chakwera came under fire after appointing his wife to be the deputy minister of transport

- Chakwera appointed his sister as the health minister while his sister-in-law was named as the deputy in the agriculture ministry

- His former running mate was selected as the transport minister

- 70% of the appointees were from the Central region, which is Chakwera's stronghold

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Malawians have taken to social media to condemn the recently elected President Lazarus Chakwera for appointing his family members to his Cabinet.

Chakwera, who had, ironically, castigated former Malawi president Peter Mutharika for nepotism in his government, appointed his sister Khumbize Kandodo as the health minister.

The president appointed his wife, Abida Mia to take over as the deputy in the Ministry of Transport while his sister-in-law Agnes Nkusa Nkhoma was selected to be deputy in the agriculture ministry.

Chakwera's former running mate Sidik Mia was named as the transport minister whereas Kenny Kandodo was appointed to head the labour ministry.

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It's family affair: Outrage after Malawi's new president appoints relatives Cabinet ministers

Malawians accused Chakwera of nepotism. Photo: Dr Lazarus Chakwera.
Source: UGC

Sidik Mia's wife was also given a position in the Cabinet.

Businessman Gospel Kazako was selected as Information minister.

As if that was not enough, 70% of Chakwera's appointees were from the Central region, which is his political backyard.

His Cabinet ignited angry reactions with many expressing their displeasure in the new Executive.

Here are some of the reactions.

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The new Cabinet was appointed days after Chakwera's inauguration whose attendance was scaled down to 100 people due to coronavirus.

Chakwera garnered 58.57% of votes that were cast on 23 June, during Malawi's repeat polls that were convened after he successfully contested the win of the incumbent President Peter Mutharika in court.

In February 2020, the court ruled that the May 2019 General Election was marred by-poll malpractices and directed the poll agency to convene another election.

Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that as the deadly coronavirus continues to spread globally, Malawi has proven to the world that it is determined to contain its spread by embracing technology.

In a video shared on Twitter by Africa Facts Zone, a woman flanked by two other women could be seen operating a tap controlled with buttons and a card.

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The women were excited as water gushed out from the tap after the operator pressed a button and made use of the card.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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