By Faith Kadzanja:
With five days to go before 6.8 million Malawians vote in tripartite elections, President Peter Mutharika has dissolved his Cabinet.
A statement from Chief Secretary to the Government, Lloyd Muhara, says, following the dissolution of the Cabinet, all ministerial powers, functions and responsibilities shall be vested in the Malawi leader.
“The President of the Republic of Malawi, in exercise of the powers conferred upon him by Section 95(2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, has dissolved the Cabinet with effect from May 15 2019,” the statement, issued Wednesday, reads.
Muhara urges members of the dissolved Cabinet to consult him for administrative arrangements.
Mutharika, in exercise of powers conferred upon him by section 94(1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, reshuffled his Cabinet in November 2018 and appointed the crew whose positions have been dissolved.
The President appointed a 20-member Cabinet early November 2018.
Some members of the Cabinet were Finance (Goodall Gondwe), Information and Communications Technology (Henry Mussa), Lands (Jean Kalilani), Local Government (Kondwani Nakhumwa), Health (Atupele Muluzi), Homeland Security (Nicholas Dausi) and Education (Bright Msaka).
Meanwhile, Human Rights Defenders Coalition Vice- Chairperson, Gift Trapence, has described Mutharika’s cabinets, since 2014, as the worst.
“For us, I would say we have had the worst government. They have failed to manage corruption and we, as Malawi, have lost a lot of resources that could have helped develop this country. This government has also oppressed some social economic rights of many Malawians,” he said.
Health rights activist George Jobe said the Cabinet performed well in other sections.
“Firstly, we have seen the construction of health facilities such as the Cancer Centre. We have also seen challenges of high vacancy rate in the Ministry of Health and failure by the government to allocate 15 percent of the budget to health as indicated in the Abuja Declaration,” he said.