MZUZU(MaraPost) — The new Malawi cabinet list hierarchy has placed youthful Trade and Industry minister Sosten Ngwengwe as third. It is yet to be confirmed if Ngwengwe’s appearing third on the list means he is indeed third in command after Vice Pres. Khumbo Kachali.
Pres. Banda reshuffled cabinet on Monday that saw three senior ministers Peter Mwanza, Richie Mheya and Jenifer Chilunga being axed.
Taking opportunity at the function where the president laid a ‘Foundation Stone’ for the joint Malawi Housing Corporation and Chinese Henan Gouji Housing Project in Area 49 in Lilongwe on Tuesday, Henry Phoya who has been retained as Lands Minister thanked, Banda for retaining him and others in the cabinet.
“I wish to assure Your Excellency that our Big Thank You will be the unquestionable loyalty and dedication to duty under Your Excellency’s wise and foresighted leadership,” said Phoya.
Before the reshuffle, insiders had told MaraPost that Phoya was among those to be fired from cabinet. The new Cabinet is as follows:-
- Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi, Commander-in-Chief of the Malawi Defence Force and the Malawi Police Service, Minister Responsible for Statutory Corporations, Civil Service Administration, Nutrition, HIV and AIDS, National Registration Programme, and the Green Belt Initiative.
- Right Honourable Khumbo Kachali, Vice President of the Republic of Malawi and Responsible for National Relief and Disaster Management, National Public Events Office, Central Government Stores, and Department of Printing Services.
- Honourable Sosten Gwengwe, M.P. – Minister of Industry and Trade
- Honourable Mrs. Grace Zinenani Maseko, M.P. - Minister of Local Government and Rural Development
- Honourable Dr. Ken Lipenga, M.P. - Minister of Finance
- Honourable Dr. James Munthali - Minister of Agriculture and Food Security
- Honourable Henry Duncan Phoya, SC, M.P. – Minister of Lands and Housing
- Honourable Ephraim Mganda Chiume, M.P. - Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
- Honourable Mohammed Sidik Mia, M.P. - Minister of Transport and Public Works
- Honourable Mrs. Eunice Kazembe, M.P. - Minister of Education, Science and Technology
- Honourable Mrs. Catherine Gotani Hara, M.P. – Minister of Health
- Honourable Mrs. Eunice Makangala, M.P. – Minister of Labour
- Honourable Ralph Kasambara, SC, - Minister of Justice
- Honourable Mrs. Anita Kalinde, M.P. - Minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare
- Honourable Ken Edward Kandodo, M.P. - Minister of Defence
- Honourable Uladi Mussa, M.P. - Minister of Home Affairs
- Honourable John Bande, M.P. – Minister of Mining
- Honourable Ibrahim Matola, M.P. - Minister of Energy
- Honourable Ralph Pachalo Jooma, M.P. – Minister of Economic Planning and Development
- Honourable Moses Kunkuyu Kalongashawa, M.P. - Minister of Information
- Honourable Mrs. Rachel Patience Mazombwe Zulu, M.P. – Minister of Tourism and Culture
- Honourable Mrs. Halima Daud, M.P. –Minister of Environment and Climate Change Management
- Honourable Enock Chakufwa K. Chihana, M.P. –Minister of Youth and Sports
- Honourable Mrs. Reen Kachere, M.P. – Minister of Disability and Elderly Affairs
- Honourable Brown Mpinganjira – Minister of Water Development and Irrigation
- Honourable Sam Sem Ganda, M.P. – Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade
- Honourable Godfrey Jeff Kamanya, M.P. – Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development
- Honourable Dr. Cornelius Mwalwanda, M.P. – Deputy Minister of Finance
- Honourable Jermoth Ulemu Chilapondwa, M.P. – Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Security
- Honourable Ephraim Abel Kayembe, M.P. – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
- Honourable Chikumbutso John Hiwa, M.P. - Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology
- Honourable Mrs. Agness Mandebvu Chatipwa, M.P. - Deputy of Health
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT AND CABINET