BLANTYRE – Malawi's President Lazarus Chakwera has appointed several new ministers in a rejigged cabinet, a statement from his office showed, after the old cabinet was dissolved over corruption scandals.
Chakwera dissolved his entire cabinet this week, saying some ministers as well as other public officials had to account for graft accusations made against them.
the new cabinet of the southern African country, Samuel Kawale was made lands
minister, Vera Kamtukule labour minister and Mark Phiri trade and industry
minister. Abida Mia was given the water and sanitation portfolio.
Chakwera's office said more appointments would be made soon.
State of disaster
In a separate statement, Chakwera declared a state of disaster over tropical storm Ana, which caused heavy rains and flooding in the south of the country and triggered major power cuts.
The disaster department said the death toll from the storm, which made landfall in Mozambique on Monday before moving inland, had risen from four to 11 and that more than 200 000 people had been affected. In Mozambique the death toll rose from eight to 18 people, according to the country's disaster institute.
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