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Banda purges loyal Mutharika officials

2012-04-10 21:42

Lilongwe - Malawi's new president, Joyce Banda, on Tuesday unveiled a shake-up of top officials charged with government finances and media, purging loyalists of the late leader Bingu wa Mutharika.

"Although we are in mourning, certain decisions cannot wait," Banda told a news conference in the capital Lilongwe, three days after taking office.

She also announced an investigation into the mysterious murder of student activist Robert Chasowa. Mutharika's critics have accused police of staging a hit against Chasowa, implicating former police chief Peter Mukhito, who was sacked on Monday.

"As a mother, I feel for my fellow mother who doesn't know what killed her son. I understand how painful it is, and I will make sure we find out who killed our son Chasowa," Banda said.

"We don't want people to go about murdering people fearlessly."

Top among Banda's new appointments was Mary Nkosi as Reserve Bank governor, making her the first woman to hold the job.

A long-time deputy governor, she replaces Perks Ligoya, a close ally of Mutharika who pursued a rigid exchange rate policy that the International Monetary Fund has blamed for much of Malawi's economic woes.

She named a new secretary to the Treasury, appointing career bureaucrat Radson Mwadiwa, who also becomes chairman of the state-owned Malawi Savings Bank.

Banda sacked Patricia Kaliati, the information minister who publicly insisted that Mutharika was alive more than one day after his death Thursday.

The new minister is Moses Kunkuyu, a parliamentarian who broke away from Mutharika's Democratic Progressive Party to press for reforms.

She also sacked the head of the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation, Bright Malopa, another Mutharika ally who used state media to campaign against Banda after her expulsion from the DPP.

The new director general is Benson Tembo, a veteran broadcaster and former diplomat whose last posting was as ambassador to Zimbabwe.

Comments
  • picheII - 2012-04-10 23:52

    HER EXCELLENCY JOYCE BANDA THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO THE CRIES OF THE MALAWIANS.MOST OF THE TIME THE FORMER REGIME WAS UNCONSTITUTIONAL ON THE CONSTITUTION OF MALAWI.THEY WERE BUSY CLAPPING HANDS,PRAISING THE DICTATOR AND FIGHTING CRITICS.ECONOMY,HUMAN RIGHTS AND RULE OF LAW MUST BE PROMOTED.MALAWI NEEDS GREAT REFORMATION TO ACHIEVE DEVELOPMENT.ALL CULTURES MUST BE ONE WHILE KEEPING AND OBSERVING CULTURAL PRACTICES.ONE CULTURE CANNOT BE SUPERIOR OVER OTHER CULTURES.

      Sam - 2012-04-11 12:52

      Pitchell , Joyce is playing with fire firstly she is nt from the winning party , she is from the opposition party, I fail to understand how ppl from Malawi accepted this mediocre constitution. Should civil war erupts there you need to blame yourself, what is happening there is dangerous, risky , you should have learnt from Nigeria and SA where the DPres is from the ruling party nt from opposition.

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