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Paul Chibingu, Tarsizio Gowelo fired from cabinet

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President Peter Mutharika yesterday reshuffled his cabinet firing Member of Parliament (MP) for Mwanza West Paul Chibingu and legislator for Blantyre West Tarsizio Gowelo in the process.

The space that was occupied by the two casualties in a maintained 20-member cabinet has been filled by two new faces in the name of Peter Kumpalume, who now heads the Ministry of Health, and Malison Ndau as Deputy Minister of Defence.

Chibingu, who was at Home Affairs and Internal Security in Mutharika’s initial cabinet, has faced the boot whilst serving as Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

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At the time Chibingu was moved from Home Affairs and Internal Security to Lands, Housing and Urban Development, insecurity had already taken grip of the country.

Gowelo, who was Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, had become unpopular among urban traditional leaders for the recent ban on all urban chieftaincies.

However, some old faces in the new cabinet have also found themselves away from where they have been since last year.

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Mulanje Central MP Kondwani Nankhumwa, who was the Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, has been moved to Local Government and Rural Development while United Democratic Front president Atupele Muluzi moves back to Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

Jappie Mhango, who was deputising Mutharika himself in Defence is now Minister of Information, Tourism and Culture, making him the government spokesperson in default.

Jean Kalilani whose position at health has been filled by Kumpalume, is now expected to be in a rather strange and uneasy territory of Home Affairs and Internal Security to curb the ever-rising insecurity.

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