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Anger after Malawi President Chakwera appoints family members to cabinet

Feature Politics Anger after Malawi President Chakwera appoints family members to cabinet

Malawi’s new President Lazarus Chakwera has named relatives as ministers in his new cabinet, sparking criticism.

The president’s former running mate in the 2019 elections Sidik Mia has been appointed minister for transport while his wife Abida Mia is the deputy minister for lands.

Kenny Kandodo is the new labour minister while his sister Khumbize Kandodo is the health minister.

Businessman Gospel Kazako has been appointed information minister and his sister-in-law Agnes Nkusa Nkhoma is the deputy agriculture minister.

President Chakwera’s previous appointee in the justice ministry lawyer Modercai Msiska refused to take up the position saying it would look like a reward for representing him in court during the case that nullified President Peter Mutharika’s election win.

The president criticised his predecessor for being nepotistic and filling his cabinet with people from his region.

Another criticism of President Chakwera’s cabinet is that it comprises more than 70% of people from the central region which happens to be his political stronghold.

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    • In Africa we continue to make the same mistake over and over again. We place our faith and trust in politicians, they will always let us down, all of them. It’s time we firmly placed our trust in strong governance institutions and demand for such as a priority.

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    • #16; ba KZ m****** mwe, I quote ^We saw a myriad of opposition monkeys and diasporan intoxicated hippos, sharing the word ”. STOP insulting us who are in diaspora , we deserve better you Suntwe.

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  1. I hope my countrymates , you read this well, so many of us were so floored by the so called “Malawi” elections what with social media all flooded with it, The grass looks greener on the other side. That doesnt mean zilch. Open your eyes, see what we have. Instead of what liars and fake news spreaders who tried to talk about ” malawi” are saying. #Zambiasafe #Lungu

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  2. Lol! so much for all the hype about “Malawi” elections. Zambia is any day better off man. Pipo know that our State house has better character than these guys.

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  3. He hs gone to far, this is nepotism with no fear. No wonder Africa won’t develop for the better ad for all.

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  4. Africa, why? One step forward, then two steps backwards.

    In Zambia, we have over 80 percent of Cabinet, Heads of parastatals, Board Members, Commissioners, Embassy Officials and Public Service at PS and Director level coming from 4 of Zambia’s 10 provinces.

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  5. Africans will always remain behind because of Corruption, nepotism, tribalism, regionalism, & when all systems fail will look to blame others /the West for their failings.
    What a waste of space that “fake religious Chakwera”
    Always beware of these types that believe in an imaginary guy in the skies.
    We see it here with the fake “Zambia is a Christian Nation [email protected]” G0dfridahs wasteful delusional ministry, fake National day of prayers, whilst abena Kit0tela & Kitalu Kilufya steal in broad daylight & are so proud of it they can parade their fellow thieving sychophants at Courts of law, aiming to defeat the course of justice & NOT caring once fo their so called “Christianity”
    Lastly P.F.STILLNEEDSTOGO!

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  6. It’s not only Africa. Leaders always pick appointees from their strongholds. When HH becomes president next year all cabinet ministers will be from Southern province.

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  7. This is the opposition UPND was celebrating in Malawi. UPND looking at its compositing and slogans of “only a Tonga” will do exactly that especially that they failed to maintain a Vice President for so many years in the existence in opposition. They will even “appoint” a cow as a symbol of liberty.

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  8. GENTLEMEN, IT IS ALL A SHOW OF LACK OF VISION , LEADERSHIP , FOR ONE TO SUCCEED YOU NEED THE RIGHTFUL
    PEOPLE , AS WE HAVE SEEN IT IN THE USA , WHERE EVEN SONS INLAWAS ARE THE TOP ADVISORS . BUT SADLY
    ENOUGH HERE WE HAVE NO SYSTEMS , LOOK AT THE USA VOTTING IN CONGRESS AND SENATE TOO.

    BUT IAM HAPPY THAT MALAWIANS ARE ALREADY SPEAKING AGAINST THIS AND SHALL SOON BE PROTESTING
    , NOT COWARD ZAMBIANS , SO STILL DONOT COMPARE TO MALAWIANS WHOSE COUNTRY IS ACTUALLY ABOUT EIGHT TIMES SMALLER THAN US ,BUT MORE PRODUCTIVE

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  9. @edwin zulu if you can compare Malawi to Zambia then you need to be in some Institution on Great East Road ( not UNZA). Malawi only had its first Television in 1999 35 years after Independence. They kept their Dictator much longer than we did. I work for a Company that does not allow lodging in a Hotel other than a five Star Hotel I could not find one in Lilongwe a few years ago. USD= 730 Malawian Kwacha. Their National team have never qualified to the Afcon and you call that proactive? Most of the happening in Malawi a copied from Zambia. Their hit song last year was “Kwa George” done by a Zambia. They owe Mampi a lot of money for her performances.

  10. Chakwera equals a hypocrite “Christian” who was fighting electoral improprieties only to gain power and start ethical misteps,misrule and abuse of power.A kettle who was calling the pot black.

  11. I was accused of trying to sabotage the malawian elections, and yet I was at home. We saw a myriad of opposition monkeys and diasporan intoxicated hippos, sharing the word ” utunensu “, including the very childish tribal leader hh. This was in response to the election of this man in Malawi. So please all those who were jumping up and down, can you move to Malawi and leave us in peace .

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  12. Thanks, we don’t have the privilege to watch news in PHI, Zesco load shedding from 06hrs this morning to now going to 19hrs, no power. The new normal, tough life

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  13. Hahahahaha here we go again…never trust a Politician…remember what I said last week about his appointments…first he wanted to appoint judges that helped him in court….most of them rejected his appointments….now its family and close friends business….and i mention that the wife is always overseas every month….now you know where Malawian tax players money will be going

  14. Hahahahaha here we go again…never trust a Politician…remember what I said last week about his appointments…first he wanted to appoint judges that helped him in court….most of them rejected his appointments….now its family and close friends business….and i mention that the wife is always overseas every month….now you know where Malawian tax players money will be going 5

  15. Let’s talk about our own loadshedding bane! Let Malawians deal with their issues. Can ZESCO explain why Loadshedding is getting worse at a time they promised it would get better? Is it not clear now that those tariff hikes were tantamount to ZESCO and ERB obtaining our money by false pretenses? Is it not ZESCO irritations causing the booing of the president?

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  16. IT IS LIKE IN ZAMBIA WHERE THE PRESIDENT ONLY APPOINTS PEOPLE TO IMPORTANT GOVT POSITIONS WHEN THEY ARE FROM PF STRONGHOLDS. THIS IS JUST THE TEETHING PERIOD OF A NEW LEADER SUCH AS CHAKWERA. “UTUNENSU” WILL CORRECT THESE SIMPLE ERRORS. THEY ARE NOT LIKE BAINZI HERE WHO ARE STUBBORNLY FOLLOWING THE CORPSE INTO ITS GRAVE.

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  17. Not so fast…never ever trust a Politician…they always fight for themselves and their close friends…not for the country….looks like Chakwera will be worse than the previous President…i see Kamuzu Banda similarities in Chakwera…..and his wife is a big spender…every week its overseas trip…Malawian tax payers money yavutika

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  18. Not so fast…never ever trust a Politician…they always fight for themselves and their close friends…not for the country….looks like Chakwera will be worse than the previous President…i see Kamuzu Banda similarities in Chakwera…..and his wife is a big spender…every week its overseas trip…Malawian tax payers money yavutika

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  19. Loadshedding is unbearable now. We are being loadshedded everyday for more than 10hours either from from 05-18hrs or 12-22hrs. It is pointless to even pay for these pay TVs, we have been taken back to the stone age.

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  20. Modercai Msiska is my hero. He is morally sound.
    I dont need to be reminded that the president is a ‘Busa’ and has a congregation to attend to latter.

  21. The foolish are always shown up.

    It’s just a week ago, UPND cadres were dancing and calling out alliances on the strength of the Malawain elections. Today they are holding boxes of shame over their heads!

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  22. Too bad for our brother’s in Malawi having their bubble bust so soon ………… any way politicians like diapers must be regularly changed and for the same reason ……

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  23. Democracy goes far beyond voting. Because we have focused so much on changing individuals as opposed to changing tyrannical ideologies and systems, we continue to go through the same cycle every after election period.

    I hope Zambians learn as we get ready to vote next year.

  24. The small things we take for granted in diaspora….mwamona nomba ati loadshedding for 10 hrs .imagine that happening here even for an hour , ninshi life yapena.

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  25. Mind your own business you Zambians!
    A President is free to appoint relatives for their competency! Nothing illegal in that as long as the law silent on the matter!
    Let’s just concentrate on finding answers to our many problems like too expensive data bundles in our new normal, rampant loadshedding, political intolerance, weak leadership both ruling and opposition, etc!

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  26. Our constitution allows the president to appoint Ministers from among the MPs. Plus 10 nominated members. It means that if UPND had won elections in 2016. More than 70 % ministers would have come from Southern Province and a few from NW and W. People are comfortable to work with those they know. Hence nepotism and regionalism. For parastal and PSs, cabinet office needs to advertise for these position otherwise only cadres or those seen to belong to the ruling party will get these positions. We missed an opportunity to put a clause in the constitution to appoint Ministers from outside parliament. At least all the cadres should have remained as mere back benchers.

  27. Am not against it,as long as they are qualified and and equal to the task,well and good.For as long as they can perform their duties and meet the peoples demands am fine with it!

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  28. That’s just the way it is
    Some things will never change
    That’s just the way it is

    That’s just the way it is
    Some things will never change
    That’s just the way it is
    Things will never be the same

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  29. I want to hear Nevers Mumba comment on this issue. MMD hailed Chakwera’s election as their beacon of hope. Well, the true colours of an african leader have just been displayed by these appointments. I forsee a very tumultous few years in Malawi as this inexperienced president finds out the truth about african leadership.

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  30. Let Malawians reap what they sowed.
    Good English speaking can not always result in good leadership.
    Too early to criticize him though. Let’s watch this space. That’s just a family tree.
    Kikikikikikijukija I remember the LPM Family Tree of the 2000s.

  31. Sometimes it is difficult to appoint people you don’t know very well, they may become the case Zambia has. Leave the man alone, perhaps he knows those he has appointed to know what he stands for. Here you were singing ati ebobamishilile, how many scandals have you seen being swept under the carpet? Do you think MCS would accept that or even appoint some of those who are now more PF than the true green?

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