President Lazarus Chakwera yesterday announced that he will have a Cabinet of not more than 30 members with 40 percent of them being women.
Chakwera was speaking in Lilongwe when he swore in two of the five ministers that he appointed yesterday morning.
The five ministers are Minister of Economic Planning and Development who is also State Vice-President Saulos Chilima; Minister of Finance Felix Mlusu; Minister of Homeland Security Richard Chimwendo Banda; Minister of Justice Modecai Msisha and Attorney General Chikosa Silungwe.
The ministers who took their oath of office yesterday afternoon are Chimwendo Banda and Mlusu.
Chakwera disclosed that he made the appointments in consultation with Chilima.
The Malawi leader pledged that in ensuring that women play a crucial role in running public affairs at the top level, he would ensure that at least 40 percent of his Cabinet appointments are women.
He said Malawians should expect a full Cabinet before his inauguration which will be conducted alongside Independence Day celebrations on July 6.
“To all those whom I have appointed and those whom I will appoint over the next seven days and beyond, your mission is to serve the people and your performance will be measured by how happy the people are with your service to them.
“Tonse ndi antchito a aMalawi. So may God be with you as you serve,” Chakwera said.
In addition to the Cabinet appointments, Chakwera has also appointed Zangazanga Chikhosi as Chief Secretary to the Government, replacing Lloyd Muhara. Janet Banda has been appointed Deputy Chief Secretary to the Government.
Chakwera has also appointed Farmers Union of Malawi Chief Executive Officer, Prince Kapondamgaga as Chief of Staff for State Residences, replacing Peter Mukhito.
In an interview, Mlusu, who is former Nico Holdings Chief Executive Officer, described his appointment as Finance Minister as an honour.
“I am greatly humbled that I have been given this responsibility. This obviously shows the trust and confidence that the President of this country has in me and I have accepted that responsibility with humility knowing that I cannot handle that responsibility alone.
“I am part of the team that is committed to deliver good results to the people of Malawi and I commit to do just that together with the rest of the team that I will be working with,” Mlusu said.
He said he would be consulting widely on what should be done to develop the country.
On his part, Chimwendo Banda said he would work hard to repair the image of the country’s security agents, especially the police.