“I appeal to you to desist from engaging in corrupt activities. As I have said many times before, corruption is a menace in society and deprives the Government of the limited resources for development,” said Mutharika at a ceremony at Sanjika palace in Blantyre where the new ministers took the oath of office and allegiance.
The President added: “The wheels of justice will not spare you where you are found to be in conflict with the law.”
Mutharika stressed that he wants a corrupt-free Malawi “where our public resources continue to build roads, community technical colleges and buy drugs for the people”.
“This is important in order to safeguard government’s integrity and sustain the trust that Malawians have bestowed upon us,” he said.
Mutharika hired the 32-member Cabinet which has incorporated alliance partner United Democratic Front (UDF), which has seen Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) regional governor (South) Charles Mchacha, being promoted from deputy minister of Transport and Public Works to Minister of Irrigation and Water Development.
Apart from UDF president Atupele Muluzi who is back in Cabinet at ne ministry of energy, the UDF leader in parliament Lilian Patel has been given the portfolio of Minister of Labour, Skills and Innovations while Clement Chiwaya becomes Minister of Persons with Disabilities and the Elderly.
Another beneficiary of the alliance is Ishmael Mkumba, UDF’s Blantyre Malabada legislator, who is now Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology, a ministry whose head remains William Susuwele-Banda.
Another newcomer is Kamlepo Kalua as Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.