Advertisement
Columns

What a way to kick-start New Year

Advertisement
Puludzu

We are just a week old and not surprisingly, the tenant at House Number One, just like he did once before, has already given us a countdown to a Cabinet reshuffle. In his New Year address, President Lazarus Chakwera made known his intentions of doing away with deadwood and that he would pick only those that deserve to be ministers and would selflessly serve for the interest of Malawians.

People will still recall that back in 2021, the Malawi leader made a commitment to fulfill a similar undertaking but it took ages before people could witness any meaningful changes, if at all they were. Of course I am mindful of the fact that there have been some casualties along the way, particularly those whose names were implicated in corruption allegations but largely, the composition of the current Cabinet is still dominated by individuals who we can say, for a lack of a better word, have overstayed their welcome.

Two years is such a long time to study the traits and behaviour of key people in government and I am quite sure many are wondering how the President took this long before offloading some of the journeymen and chancers in his Cabinet.

Advertisement

Well, the clock is ticking and if I did hear correctly, he mentioned something along the lines of ‘in two weeks’ time’…yes…no?

Come to think of it, we did mention on this very page sometime back on the need for those in the office of the President to give a fresh appeal to the recruitment procedure, for example, by soliciting application letters and CVs from those interested to serve as ministers, a proposition I happened to pick from a mentor of mine and one I found made plausible sense.

Perhaps we can even up it a notch further by, even the case of the current system, subjecting such candidates to public scrutiny once the President makes known his or her intentions of considering X and B for Cabinet portfolio. And no, this would not, in any way, be a matter of usurping powers from the appointing authority as it would still be his or her prerogative to ultimately make the pick but it would just be a matter of insurance to have the public also have a little say in it.

Advertisement

As it stands, does anybody really know what exact criterion is used by our leaders when making their pick for the Cabinet? Save for a far-from-convincing-attempt to answer such a question which I heard sometime back, I have come to understand that it is largely about political cronyism, homeboy and founder syndromes that dictate how a Cabinet would shape up, at the expense of real capable people that could spearhead the socioeconomic turnaround of the fortunes of the country.

But anyway, let us wait until and when, the reshuffle is made, to see how the new Cabinet would shape up.

What a way to kick start the year!

Who is fooling who?

And the next serving on the menu for the public from the President’s office was the ‘little matter’ of the Commission of Inquiry on the arrest of Anti Corruption Bureau Director General Martha Chizuma. Going by the calibre of individuals that were pooled into this commission and looking at the sensitivity of the issue involved, the public had huge expectations but, just like many of you, I was equally left flabbergasted with what eventually came out on Tuesday and Wednesday. I was under the impression that this commission would look into the ‘who and how’ surrounding Chizuma’s arrest; who actually ordered the arrest, who masterminded it, why were the President, Homeland Security Minister and Justice Minister (if at all there is grain of truth) not kept in the loop over the developments?

But here we are with a report that many could not easily fathom whether the team had been given clear terms of reference or that perhaps, we, the public, might have just found ourselves in a classic case of ‘chicken and eggs’. I have no reason to doubt the capabilities of the esteemed team that was tasked with this particular errand but I would be lying if I were to say that this was the impression that was given when the first citizen announced his intention to institute the commission of inquiry.

There is only one area where we seem to agree, which is that we are all tired of the ‘constant nagging and bickering’ the ACB boss and the Director of Public Prosecutions. It is high time sanity prevailed.

Two years is such a long time to study the traits and behaviour of key people in government and I am quite sure many are wondering how the President took this long before offloading some of the journeymen and chancers in his Cabinet.

Advertisement
Tags
Show More
Advertisement

Related Articles

Check Also

Close
Back to top button
Close

Adblock Detected

Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker