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Shake-up at Capital Hill

Principal Secretaries moved

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Government has made leadership changes in various ministries and departments, that have resulted in at least 11 senior staff being shifted at Capital Hill.

Minister of Information, who is also the government’s spokesperson, Gospel Kazako confirmed the changes adding that more are coming in the next few weeks.

Kazako said the government is restructuring people in top positions to a have perfect team that shares the vision of the Tonse Alliance-led government so that it delivers on its campaign promises.

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“We need a team of people who share a vision of the Tonse Alliance-led government so that we deliver on our promises. After four or five years, Malawians will come back to us and ask what we have delivered. There is no malice whatsoever; all we want is to create a better Malawi for all,” he said.

Some of the notable names affected by changes are former Secretary for Education Justin Saidi who has been redeployed to the Office of President and Cabinet as Principal Secretary for Special Duties and has been replaced by Chikondano Kadzamila.

According to the list, Lucky Sikwese is Principal Secretary for Foreign Affairs replacing Ben Botolo.

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Peter Simbani, has been promoted to the position of Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Industry.

After the shake-up, Christina Chatima Zakeyo is the new Principal Secretary for Trade replacing Kiswell Dakamau who has gone to the Ministry of Education as Chief Director.

Patrick Zimpita is now Principal Secretary for Transport and Public Works replacing Francis Chinsinga, who has retired.

Again, Charles Mwansambo who was Chief of Health Services is now Principal Secretary for Health while Dan Namarika who was Principal Secretary is now Chief of Health Services.

Kazako said that nobody has been fired but redeployed according to their abilities in line with the Tonse Alliance-led government philosophy.

Among the changes, seven top government officials have been redeployed to the Office of President and Cabinet for what government calls special duties.

“Special duties are special duties. Government is very big and there are times when some functions do not fit in any of the available ministries, and that is what these people will be doing.

“I cannot say what these functions specifically are at this moment but these people should feel special that they are being assigned these special duties. I should say that when one is a Principal Secretary, it does not mean that they cannot be moved. Ask these people and they will tell you that they have been moves; some worked in three or four ministries. So this is normal,” he said.

It has been a tradition that every time there is a change of government, there is an expectation that top government officials will also change to suit the interests of the new administration.

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