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Peter Mutharika promises Cabinet by June 21

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By Jameson Chauluka:

President Peter Mutharika has promised to name his 20-member Cabinet by June 21 2019 when the budget meeting of Parliament opens.

Mutharika said this when he addressed a rally at Njamba Freedom Park in Blantyre Sunday to celebrate his re-election on Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) ticket in the disputed May 21 Tripartite Elections, which opposition parties have challenged.

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“I know that everyone is waiting for me to name the Cabinet but you should be patient. Doing all the background work on everybody takes time; so, all of you who have your ambitions will have to wait,” he said.

Mutharika was on fire, uncharacteristically branding all his challengers as cry-babies who claim that the elections were rigged.

He thanked Malawians for voting for him even in districts such as Nsanje and Chikwawa, where his critics did not expect him to get many votes.

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“They were saying that people in the DPP cannot rig the elections because they are amateurs. Amati ndi mafanatu ifeyo. Amati za technology ndikudya kwawo sitingabere chisankho koma lero akuliratu [They said we were amateurs to rig the elections but now they are crying that we rigged the elections]. I am just a lawyer and not an IT expert, so thinking that I can rig the elections is crazy,” Mutharika said.

He alleged that Malawi Congress Party’s (MCP) leadership was mobilising its supporters to destroy roads and schools in protest against results of the presidential poll.

“The MCP people are destroying the Lilongwe- Kasiya Road which cost around K90 billion. They are destroying schools in protest against the election results. Let me say now here that I will not repair that road. I will not repair it; the MCP should repair it,” he said.

“I heard someone saying he would be demonstrating until I step down but I am telling you that you will be protesting until 2024,” he said.

However, the MCP leadership has dismissed Mutharika’s claims that the party was instigating violence.

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