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Peter Mutharika shakes up cabinet

President Peter Mutharika on Monday reshuffled his cabinet albeit with slight changes.

According to a press statement signed and released yesterday by Chief Secretary to the Government, George Mkondiwa, Mutharika made the changes in exercise of presidential powers conferred on him by Section 94(1) of the Malawi Constitution.

Mutharika has maintained his 20-member cabinet but only moving a few ministers from one portfolio to another as well as removing some departments and adding them to other ministries.

Most notably, Patricia Kaliati has been removed from the Ministry of Information to the relatively new Ministry of Civic Education, Culture and Community Development. Malison Ndau, who was Minister of Transport and Public Works has replaced Kaliati as Minister of Information.

Grace Chiumia has been moved from the Ministry of Sports and Culture and is now heading the Ministry of Home Affairs and Internal Security. The Sport Department has been moved to what is now called Ministry of Sports, Labour, Youth and Manpower Development being headed by Henry Mussa.

The Ministry of Transport is now on the watch of Jappie Mhango the erstwhile Minister of Home Affairs.

Vincent Ghambi becomes Deputy Minister of Defence which is headed by President Peter Mutharika.

Also notable is the scrapping of the portfolio of deputy minister of education. Newly created is the post of Deputy Minister of Home Affairs which is being manned by Aggrey Masi, who has been moved laterally from the post of Deputy Minister of Defence.

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