Malawi President Joyce Banda has dissolved her cabinet effective Thursday, October 10, 2013.The development comes a few hours after she met the ministers on Thursday.
This comes amidst pressure and calls from development partners, civil society organisations and the media that the president act on the continued looting and plundering of public resources.
According to a statement issued by State House Presidential Secretary Steve Nhlane whose copy Zodiak Online possesses, the decision is in line with the powers vested to the president by the constitution.
The statement said the President will announce a new Cabinet in due course.
“All ministerial matters will revert to the Presidency through Controlling Officers. Her Excellency the President will announce a new Cabinet in due course,” reads part of the statement.
The decision is in exercise of the powers conferred upon her by Section 94 (1) and Section 95 (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, has today, 10th October 2013, dissolved Cabinet,” reads part of the statement.
Meanwhile a political analyst Dr. Henry Chingaipe says the dissolution of cabinet will give the president time to reflect on the scandal of public resource plunder.
He also advised that Dr. Ken Lipenga “be moved to another ministry if he is to be appointed into the cabinet again”.
A law expert, Associate Professor Edge Kanyongolo of Chancellor College says there is no legal requirement on when the president should appoint a new cabinet.“There is no law that stipulates when the president should appoint a new cabinet but sooner is better