Blantyre, Malawi, Dec. 6 (Raphael Tenthani – Newstime Africa) Malawi President Joyce Banda Thursday dropped former vice-president Cassim Chilumpha as energy minister in a mini-cabinet reshuffle. Tourism Minister Daniel Liwimbi has also been sacked.
Chilumpha, who – while being vice-president – was charged by the late president Bingu wa Mutharika for treason, has been replaced with Ibrahim Matola. Vice-President Khumbo Kachali has also been removed as Minister of Health. He, however, remains vice-president with responsibilities over National Relief and Disaster Management, National Public Events Office, Central Government Stores, Department of Printing Services and the Electoral Commission.
Banda has also hired former International Monetary Fund (IMF) economist Goodall Gondwe, as the new Minister of Economic Planning and Development. Gondwe, who was Finance Minister in the late President Mutharika, has replaced Atupele Muluzi, son of former president Bakili Muluzi who last month resigned his cabinet job under protest after his cabinet colleagues derided his presidential ambitions.
Solicitor General Anthony Kamanga has been appointed Attorney General, taking over from Justice Minister Ralph Kasambara who combined the two positions. Kasambara, who also served under Mutharika as Attorney General, remains Justice Minister.
A statement from the Office of the President and Cabinet did not give reasons why President Banda sacked Chilumpha and Liwimbi. This is the first time Banda, Africa’s second female president, has made a cabinet change since taking office in April following the sudden death of President Mutharika
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