By Patience Lunda:
Political experts in the country have advised the newly elected government to avoid making appointments based on appeasement.
The advice comes shortly after President Lazarus Chakwera appointed a partial five-member Cabinet; Chief Secretary to the government with his deputy and Chief of Staff for State Residences.
George Phiri, a political commentator from the University of Livingstonia, said in an interview that appointments should be based on experience of the individuals.
Phiri added that the new government received massive support from various parties and individuals who are now expecting to be considered in various positions.
He further said Malawians had lost trust in the previous government which is why only those who have the capacity to deliver should be appointed in the current administration.
“It is important for the President and his Vice to consider people who are professionals because they have entered government at a time when government systems have been frustrated because of bribery, nepotism and tribalism, among others. So, it will be better if they choose people that will restore the lost trust in government,” he said.
On his part, Chancellor College-based political commentator, Ernest Thindwa, stressed the need for the selection of duty-bearers that put the interests of Malawians at heart.
Thindwa said it is difficult to accommodate all individuals that played a crucial role during the campaign trail.
“It will be difficult for everybody to be accommodated and we need those appointed to be the ones that will address challenges that the citizens are facing. They should not be rewarded for the roles they played during the campaign but they should consider those that want to bring change,” he said.
Weighing in on the same issue, another social commentator, Emily Mkamanga, said the appointing authority should consider taking on board people that have expertise in fields they are being designated to.
Speaking during the swearing in ceremony of the partial Cabinet, Chakwera said the appointments were made in consultation with Vice- President Saulos Chilima.
Chakwera disclosed that the full Cabinet to be announced soon will not have more than 30 members 40 percent of whom will be women.