His Excellency the State President, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika
On Swearing-in Members of Cabinet
Let me begin by congratulating Honourable Chimulirenji, M.P, Honourable Charles
Mchacha, M.P., Honourable Amos Mailosi, M.P., and Honourable Welani Chilenga,
M.P., on their respective appointments.
As you are aware, in accordance with the law, I made some changes to the
Cabinet on Wednesday, 7th November, 2018. The changes mostly entailed re-
assigning Ministers to new portfolios.
However, I also promoted Honourable Chimulirenji, M.P from being Deputy
Minister of Defence to become Minister of Civic Education, Culture and Community
Development. I also appointed Honourable Charles Mchacha, M.P., Honourable
Amos Mailosi, M.P., and Honourable Welani Chilenga, M.P. as Deputy Ministers.
As the law requires, newly appointed Ministers and Deputy Ministers must be
sworn into office before they can discharge their functions. We have just fulfilled
what the law says.
As such, the Minister and Deputy Ministers can now begin to
undertake their work.
Once again, let me congratulate you all.
Such changes to Cabinet are normal. Ministers and Deputy Ministers are
occasionally rotated simply to expose them to other domains of Government; and
sometimes to reinvigorate or reenergize Government machinery.
replace others. There is no life time appointment in Cabinet.
In other instances, Ministers and Deputy Ministers also need a fresh challenge in their work. The ultimate aim is to ensure that Government serves the country better.
I have trust in everyone that I have appointed. I expect them to live up to the
expectation of the people. And I believe they will serve Malawians with a patriotic
spirit, integrity and hardwork.
In particular, I would like to urge you to protect public resources and foster
transparency and accountability. I appeal to you to desist from engaging in corrupt activities.
As I have said on numerous occasions, corruption is an evil that must be
fought out of our society. It is the collective responsibility of us all to fight corruption.
Currently, our rate of corruption control is at 65%, according to the Millennium Challenge Corporation report just released this week. But we need fight more. Join me in the fight!
While the job of the Opposition is to point fingers and accuse the Executive of
corruption, our job is to fight that corruption everywhere.
Having said so, let me quickly add that serving as a member of the Cabinet
presents its own challenges. Serving people, including those who dislike you, is a huge responsibility.
However, we must always rise to the occasion. I expect you to bring about
changes in your various ministries. This demands hard-work, total commitment and
thinking outside the box.
The responsibility to drive the national development agenda rests with Cabinet.
It is because we have a focused and hardworking spirit in Cabinet that, in the past four years:
.We have stabilised the economy and begun economic growth
.We have delivered new roads in towns and rural areas
.We have delivered rural electricity to many villages
.We have taken piped water to rural communities
.We have built community colleges to empower our Youth with technical skills
We have delivered development at unprecedented speed because we believe in
hard work as Cabinet and many Malawians working in the public service.
Internationally, Malawi is performing very well in a cross-section of sectors.
According to the November Millennium Challenge Account report, we have scored very well in:
.Control of corruption
.Rule of Law
.Freedom of Information
.Primary Education Expenditure
.And many more areas.
Let me use this opportunity to thank all Malawians and public servants who are working hard for us to attain these achievements that are on record.
And I am
proud of every Malawian working hard to make this country rise to prosperity.
As a member of Cabinet, it is also your duty to inspire the people you work
with and the nation with your hardworking spirit. Developing Malawi is a collective
duty of every Malawian.
Working in Cabinet also demands discipline. Working in Cabinet demands
Because we work on the principle collective responsibility,
you cannot sit on Cabinet if you are not part its agenda. Every Cabinet has a policy
The job of Cabinet is to collectively make policy decisions for Malawians.
There is nothing like sitting a Cabinet as an honorary position.
Being in Cabinet is not a matter of constitutional status.
We are here to
collectively drive policies that should make a difference in the lives of Malawians.
Therefore, you need to subscribe to the policies of this Government. Either you are
part of our policy agenda, or you are not part of my Cabinet.
And that’s what is
going to be.
Therefore, I urge you to familiarise yourselves with the policies that you will
be representing as you sit on Cabinet. You also need to familiarise yourselves with
the various documents that guide the protocol of decision making in your job.
The Chief Secretary will circulate to you various reference documents. This
includes a Cabinet Handbook. I urge you to read it carefully because it will guide
you in your day to day work as a member of the Cabinet.
President Peter Mutharika has challenged the United Nations (UN) to stop hypocrisy of preaching democracy when the organisation fails to adhere to what it preaches.
In his speech at the on-going United Nations General Assembly (Unga) on Tuesday at the UN headquarters in New York, Mutharika attacked the organisation for treating Africa as an inferior member.
Among other things, he said Africa does not have permanent seats with veto powers in the UN Security Council, despite recommendations made in 2005.
“Why should we allow this organisation to be accused of hypocrisy, that we preach democracy everywhere when we are not democratic enough to accommodate almost one-third of our membership in this Assembly?
“We cannot talk about sharing responsibility while we marginalise Africans and deny them full participation in our decisions. We cannot talk about global leadership of the United Nations when African leadership is not on the decision-making tables. In any political system, we cannot claim relevance to the people that we deny,” Mutharika said.
The Council’s permanent members with veto power are the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia and France, a development the Malawi leader challenged.
“Why should some nations be afraid of losing power by offering decision-making space to Africa when you don’t lose power by accommodating other continents? Is Africa that much of a threat? This segregation of Africans must come to an end,” he said.
Mutharika pledged Malawi’s support to the UN’s initiatives of fighting global threats and challenges, including terrorism and climate change.
Unga is being held under the theme ‘Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies’.
In his address, American President Donald Trump said: “I honour the right of every nation in this room to pursue its own customs, beliefs and traditions. The United Nations will not tell you how to live or work or worship. We only ask that you honour our sovereignty in return.”
President Peter Mutharika Saturday warned Vice-President Saulos Chilima and other leaders of United Transformation Movement (UTM) against despising him during their political rallies.
Mutharika gave the warning in his speech to thousands of people that welcomed him at Katoto roundabout in Mzuzu on arrival in the city to fulfill a number of engagements.
He said UTM’s leaders should stop castigating him or else he would use section four of the Presidential Protection Act to sue them.
“I want to warn Chilima, [Noel] Masangwi, [Patricia] Kaliati [and] Callista Chapola… Don’t push your luck. You better stop because there are laws in this country about despising a President,” he said.
The President said he was aware that the UTM leaders took turns to castigate him during their recent political rallies.
Mutharika then asked his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) leaders to go to communities to mobilise youth and women to vote for the ruling party and have landslide victory during 2019 tripartite elections.
He said his government had fulfilled a number of development projects in the northern region and that soon he will commission Mzimba Water Project and Nthalire Rural Growth Centre.
“Let me thank you people of northern region for rallying behind the DPP and I ask you to continue,” he
Speaking earlier, Minister of Transport and Public Works Jappie Mhango assured the President of the northern region’s vote.
“People of the North have already made their decision on who to vote for and that is the DPP under your
leadership,” Mhango said
Earlier, the President attended Umthetho Cultural Festival of the Ngoni at Hora in Mzimba District.
REMARKS BY HIS EXCELLENCY PROFESSOR ARTHUR PETER MUTHARIKA UPON ADDRESSING CENTRAL REGION CIVIL SERVANTS WHO WERE HOSTED TO LUNCHEON BY THE FIRST LADY AT KAMUZU PALACE
9TH AUGUST 2018
I know the First Lady has already welcomed you here. But allow me to welcome you as well.We are really pleased to have you here. You are most welcome.Let me use this opportunity to thank you, all of you, for the great job you do for this country.
Today, I want you to know that I appreciate the role you play in running our Government. No country can be run without civil servants.
And let me say this, everyone is important. It takes us all to make Government. It takes us all to make a better Malawi. This is our Government. And this is our country.
Most of you work for long hours to serve this country. I know that most of you don’t earn enough to satisfy the needs of your families. I know the sacrifices you make to serve your country. But I have a reason to thank you as civil servants of this country. Malawi is developing because of you.
When I came to lead this country in 2014, the economy was broken. This country was almost bankrupt. Development had stopped. But you and I have turned around this economy together.
You and I have worked hard to fight floods and hunger to feed Malawians in the first two years. We are building roads together. We are taking rural electricity to villages together. We are building hospitals together.
We are building community colleges together. Together, we are developing this country. Together, we are building houses for vulnerable Malawians because we care.
Together, we are helping mothers to send their children to school with social cash transfer and public works because we care.
Together, we are empowering the youth to buy motorbikes and improve transport in our villages.
It is those of you in Capital Hill and the work you do who keeps this country going.
I want to thank the messengers, cleaners, drivers, secretaries, various officers, Directors and Principal Secretaries because we all serve Malawi together. Everyone is important. No person is more important than another.
Together, we have fought down inflation to the single digit and stabilized prices of commodities on every shelf, of every shop, in every community in this country.
Together, we have reduced interest rates in every bank for teachers, nurses and policemen to be able to get a loan and pay back. And we are doing best to lower our interests further. Together we have created enough forex for men and women to go to South Africa, Tanzania and China to bring home businesses.
Malawi has improved its literacy levels because of the work our teachers do. We have improved our security because of what our police men and women do.
We have improved Malawi’s life expectancy from 37 years to 62 years because of what our health workers do. As civil servants, you have always been there for Malawians. You have been there for me. And I will always be there for you. This is my promise. I promise what I do and I do what I promise.
I will make sure civil servants must have easy access to low interest loans. As I speak, teachers are now collecting forms to get loans from MEDEF.
I will make sure civil servants should be able to own decent houses. We have invited investors who should build low cost houses that you can rent and own after some time. This will be announced very shortly.
I want to give an opportunity to every civil servant to own a house. We will make sure that the cost must be low because we will build factories to produce the housing materials in this country. I want to instruct the Chief Secretary to form a taskforce that must drive this program with speed.
We are already making progress in arranging to construct modern houses for our security officers. But I want us to create better housing conditions for all civil servants as well.
In addition, we will make sure that Government must improve civil service salaries as the economy improves. This year, we have raised civil servants salaries with 10% average. This is not enough. But it is the beginning. And I promise to ensure that every year we should be raising salaries.
On a more specific note, I want to direct Government to review entry point grades for our teachers. Let us do for our teachers what we did for our security forces.
Again, we are lifting the cap we put on promotions when we instituted austerity measures to improve the economy. Let us resume promoting civil servants.
We are also resuming employment of civil servants. For example, we have started employing 10,000 primary school teachers and 500 secondary teachers.
Finally, let me also inform you that we are starting recruiting interns who have graduated from various universities and colleges. There are many graduates who are looking for jobs. They will work with you in your departments. Please welcome them. Teach them patriotism, integrity and hardwork as you do.
I know how hard you work. My father was a teacher and I know how hard he worked. One of my sisters was a nurse and I know how hard she worked. My cousin was a police officer and I know how hard he worked. I know hard you work.
Once again, I thank you.
May God Bless You All!
And God Bless Malawi
(Cilic) has bemoaned Muhlako wa Alhomwe ethnic group for raiding the residence of Mulanje West legislator Patricia Kaliati and holding a vigil purportedly to force her to apologise for allegedly disrespecting Lhomwe Paramount Chief Ngolongoliwa.
In a statement signed by Felix Chikalira, the civil society organisation asked the Malawi Human Rights Commission (MHRC) and Malawi Police Service (MPS) to take action.
Cilic has also faulted the police for allegedly being partisan.
Reads the statement in part: “We do not want this barbaric behaviour to spread among tribes in the country. This practice is tantamount to witchcraft and threatens our God-fearing nation. It is no wonder that issues of human body parts and albino killings continue to spread in this country.”
Mulhako wa Alhomwe last week demanded an apology from Kaliati for not using the title ‘paramount chief’ in addressing Ngolongoliwa during the United Transformation Movement (UTM) launch rally at Masintha ground in Lilongwe on July 21.
But Kaliati, who ditched the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) for UTM where she is interim secretary general, has maintained that she owes no one an apology. She said she will not apologise even if the Mulhako wa Alhomwe members continue holding the vigil at her Nkando residence.
On Monday, Muhlako wa Alhomwe executive director Muchanakhwaye Mpuluka said the grouping will continue holding the vigils at a private place where rituals are expected to be performed as one way to force Kaliati to apologise.
He said the vigil at Kaliati’s residence was public, which involved placing flowers on the ground and offering sacrifices to appease their ‘gods’.
Mpuluka was, however, reluctant to say what type of sacrifices they made and will be making.
He said the essence of holding the private vigils and offering sacrifices to appease the ‘gods’ is one way of portraying that the Lhomwes are just practising their culture.
During a press briefing held at Mulli Brothers Limited (MBL) offices in Chigumula last week, the grouping warned Kaliati of serious consequences if she does not humble herself and make the apology.
Government will from August this year start rehabilitating North Rukuru River dyke to the tune of K254 million from World Bank to control perennial flush floods to areas around Karonga Boma.
Speaking Wednesday at Rukuru Primary School during a visit to Disaster Risk Reduction clubs, Karonga District Disaster Management Officer, Oswell Mkandawire said government will rehabilitate the dyke through the Malawi Flood Emergency Recovery Project.
“We will from August this year start rehabilitation works for the dilapidated dyke to control flooding of the river which causes havoc in schools and communities around the Boma…
Malawi is the seventh country in Africa that has made great progress in accelerating machinery use and agricultural growth rates.
The other countries are Ethiopia, Mali, Morocco, Rwanda, Tanzania and Zambia.
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Dr. Emmanuel Fabiano disclosed this on Tuesday when he opened Malabo Montpellier Forum in Lilongwe, Malawi.
“And the reasons for this success are three-fold,” said Fabiano citing strong political commitment at the highest level of government to improve the uptake of mechanization in agriculture as one of the reasons.
“This is reflected, for example, in our National Agriculture Investment Plan, which contains very specific targets for mechanization and the use of farm tools, machinery and technologies,” said Fabiano.
He said Malawi has also established the farm mechanization programmes that are run by the Crops Develop Department under the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development to deliver the ambitious programme.
Fabiano said Malawi has also successfully created opportunities for private sector engagement citing CAMCO Equipment Limited which has been operating in Malawi since 2000. The company supplies agricultural machinery and tools for entire agricultural value chains including walking tractors, disc ploughs, harrows, planters and harvesters among others.
Fabiano said for African countries to close the gap with other regions of the world in the area of agricultural mechanisation there is need to design mechanisation pathways that are socially and politically sustainable.
He also said there is need to prioritize mechanisation in every segment of the agriculture value chain from production, through to post harvest handling and processing.
He added: ” There is need to increase investments in the development of supportive infrastructure as well as professional and vocational training at scale and for all value segments.”
Malawi co-chaired the inaugural meeting of the Malabo Montpellier Forum in December 2017 in Cotonou, Benin.
The Forum meets twice a year and it emphasizes evidence based exchange, dialogue and mutual learning at the highest levels.
President Arthur Peter Mutharika Tuesday opened the newly rehabilitated Mzuzu-Nkhata Bay Road which chiefs of Nkhata Bay District have proposed that it should be called Arthur Peter Mutharika Highway.
Speaking at Masamba Community ground at Mpamba Trading Centre in Traditional Authority (TA) Timbiri, Mutharika hailed the contractor Strabag International for constructing the “magnificent” road.
The President said road improvement and efficient transportation system is important for the country’s economic development.
He said his government is committed to improving road infrastructure in the country to stimulate economic development.
Mutharika said a total of 17 roads are under construction countrywide which are at various stages.
“Currently, government is constructing both rural and urban roads. Some of the roads under construction include Lilongwe-Kasiya-Santhe, Zomba-Jale-Chitakale and Liwonde-Mangochi.
“In the North, we have Karonga-Songwe, Njakwa-Livingstonia and Jenda-Edingeni. On Thursday, I will lay foundation stone for Bolero-Nyika-Chitipa Road,” Mutharika said.
During the function, TA Timbiri said chiefs in the district proposed that the road be dubbed ‘Arthur Peter Mutharika Highway’, a suggestion the President accepted.
“I had my own name to give to the road but since you have come up with your own proposal, I will reserve mine for another new road,” Mutharika said.
The 46 km Mzuzu-Nkhata Bay Road starts from Mzuzu City at the court house roundabout to Nkhata Bay Jetty on Lake Malawi.
It is part of the M05 road that runs from Mzuzu through Nkhata Bay, Dwangwa, Nkhotakota, Salima and ends at a junction with M01 road at Balaka Market.
Construction works started from July 1, 2016 to June 23, 2018 to the tune of over K16, 7 billion, a loan from the African Development Bank (AfDB) and financial contributions from the Malawi Government.
AfDB country representative Frank Mvula said the institution attaches great importance to road infrastructure development as it is the driver of economic growth.
Mvula asked government to ensure that the road is maintained from time to time for it to be durable.
After cutting a ribbon and unveiling a plaque at Mpamba Trading Centre to mark the official opening of the road, the President proceeded to Nkhata Bay Boma to inspect the newly constructed jetty.
The road is part of Mtwara Development Corridor which links Malawi and Zambia to Mtwara Port in Tanzania on the Indian Ocean through Mbamba Bay and Nkhata Bay on the shores of Lake Malawi.
Meanwhile, the contractor Strabag International has embarked on construction of dual carriage way from the Mzuzu Court House roundabout to Katoto roundabout in the city.
“The trust can only be restored if the ACB completes their investigations,” he said.
Mutharika and his DPP have come under intense criticism following the leaked ACB report last week which indicates the President benefited K145 million from a suspected fraudulent deal between MPS and Pioneer Investments.
Mkwezalamba also asked the ACB to own the leaked report and ensure that all its members of staff are protected and secure.
ACB director Reyneck Matemba confirmed it was probing the contract over police food but declined to give further details.
“We are about to conclude our investigations,” he said.
The development follows civil society organisations (CSOs) under the banner of Human Rights Defenders (HRD) have asked the European Union Parliament and the United States of America (US) to impose sanctions on Malawi Government over “deteriorating levels of governance”.
The CSOs say they want the international community to intervene and have President Peter Mutharika’s foreign bank accounts frozen until the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) concludes investigations into the K145 million ‘rationgate’.
“We call upon bilateral partners to institute measures to prevent travel of the President and Cabinet to Europe and the United States until the governance situation improves. We call upon the international community to carry out a fact-finding mission,” reads the letter in part.
But government spokesperson Nicholas Dausi, who is Minister of Information and Communications Technology, said the ACB should be allowed to independently conclude the investigations.
He said the CSOs’ under the HRD banner have “the pathological hatred” towards Mutharika and DPP.
Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika studied law at the University of London, and successfully completed the bachelor’s degree in 1965. In 1966, he graduated with an LL.M degree from Yale University. In 1969 he obtained a JSD (PhD) degree from Yale University. He was 29 years old, and it was an extraordinary achievement for an African receiving a doctorate at that age in the 1960s.
Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika selected an academic career, therefore taught at several universities in Africa and beyond. These are
(i) University of Dar es Salaam (Tanzania),
(ii) Haile Selassie University (Ethiopia),
(iii) Rutgers University (USA),
(iv) the United Nations Institute for Training and Research Program for Foreign Service Officers from Africa and Asia at Makerere University (Uganda), and
(v) Washington University (USA). As an academic, he has also served as
(i) an Academic Visitor at the London School of Economics (UK),
(ii) advisor to the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law initiative for Africa and
(iii) the Chairperson of the Institute for Democracy and Policy Studies. Professor Mutharika has also lectured at the Council of Foreign Relations of the United States of America; and the Royal Institute of International Affairs in the United Kingdom. In 2008, he received the 2008 International Jurist Award, a prestigious outfit.
Professor Mutharika spent over 30 years at Washington State University (USA), during which he rose to the position of full professor, becoming also Charles Nagel Professor of International Comparative Law and Chairman of the PhD in Law Program for twenty years. During this period, he has personally supervised over 50 PhDs from all over the world.
His Excellency Professor Mutharika is an expert in International Economic Law, International Law and Comparative Constitutional Law.
As a seasoned academic, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has numerous publications to his credit. Among his selected publications are:
i. Mutharika, A. P., Foreign Investment Security in Sub-Saharan Africa: The Emerging Policy and Legal Frameworks (book)
ii. Mutharika, A. P. (2003). “Accountability for Political Abuses in Pre-Democratic Malawi: The Primacy of Truth.” Third World Legal Studies.16: 203- 218.
iii. Mutharika, A.P. (1980). “The Regulation of Statelessness Under International and National Law: Statelessness, refugees, and related nationality problems.” Volume 2, Oceana Publications
iv. Mutharika, A. P. (1997). “Creating an Attractive Investment Climate in the Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) Region”. 12 Foreign Investment Law Journal, 1.
v. Peter Mutharika, A.P. (1996). “The 1995 Democratic Constitution of Malawi.” Journal of African Law, 40 (2), 205-220.
vi. Peter Mutharika (1996). “The Role of the United Nations Security Council in African Peace Management: Some Proposals”. Michigan Journal of International Law, 537
vii. Peter Mutharika (2003). “Accountability for Political Abuses in PreDemocratic Malawi: The Primacy of Truth.” Volume 16 Into the 21st Century: Reconstruction and Reparations in International Law. Third World Legal Studies
viii. Peter Mutharika, A.P. (1998). “Some Thoughts on Rebuilding African State Capability.” Washington State University Law Review. 76 (1): 281-291.
ix. Mutharika, A.P. (1995). “The Role of International Law in the Twenty-First Century: An African Perspective.” 18 Fordham International Law Journal, 1706
x. Mutharika, A.P. (2001). “The Alien under American Law.” Washington State University Law
xi. Mutharika, A.P. (1978). “International law of development.” Oceana Publications
xii. Mutharika, A.P. (2003). “Approaches to Restorative Justice in Malawi”, 13th Commonwealth Law Conference, Melbourne, Australia.
xiii. Mutharika, A.P. (2002). “Legal System of Malawi”, 3 Legal Systems of the World 949
xiv. Mutharika, A.P. (1998). “Some Thoughts on Rebuilding African State Capability,” 76 Washington University Law Quarterly 281
Professor Mutharika retired from active academic life at the Washington University School of Law on 1 July, 2011 to concentrate on politics back in Malawi.
Professor Mutharika served as a key resource person at the Malawi Constitutional Conference in February, 1995 at the invitation of the Constitutional Committee of Malawi. Prior to this, Professor Mutharika served as General Counsel of the Malawi Action Committee, the main Malawi external pressure group during the struggle for democratization in Malawi.
Following the death of his beloved brother, Late President Ngwazi Prof. Bingu Wa Mutharika in April, 2012, His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika assumed the position of interim President of the Democratic Progressive Party until 18th April, 2013 when he was duly elected as the DPP President and Presidential candidate for the May 2014 Tripartite Elections. Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was declared by the Malawi Electoral Commission as Malawi’s fifth President since independence, and the fourth since attainment of democracy in Malawi.
Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika served as an adviser to his elder brother, President Bingu wa Mutharika, on foreign and domestic policy from 2004 until the President’s death on 5th April 2012. Professor Mutharika held various cabinet positions such as Minister of Justice, Minister of Education, Science and Technology and Minister of Foreign Affairs. As the Minister of Education, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was instrumental in the conceptualization and implementation of the establishment of 6 public universities, 2 of which; Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the Malawi University of Science and Technology are now operational. A new and a third University, at Mombera, Mzimba is under construction.
International and Community Service
As a distinguished son of Malawi and Africa, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika has dedicated himself to utilizing his international acumen to promote global, regional and national peace and unity as well as conflict resolution. To this end, the Professor was part of a 3-man tribunal arbitrating international cases. Until August 2011, Professor Mutharika was involved in two international court cases with the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes that involved Zimbabwean government for breaches of bilateral investment treaties between nationals of Switzerland and Germany. He still sits as a member of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes.
Professor Mutharika, as a freedom fighter offered free legal services to Socialist League of Malawi (LESOMA) led by Atati Mpakati and Malawi Freedom Movement (MAFREM), led by Orton Chirwa. He was the lead person in framing the party constitutions. Not surprisingly, Professor Mutharika was a good and valuable friend of Chakufwa Chihana, Jomo Chikwakwa, Henry Masauko Chipembere and Atati Mpakati. He left Tanzania for the USA following the death of Masauko Chipemphere and Atati Mpakati, as well as the arrest of Orton Chirwa in late 1981.
Economic Development and Higher Education
His Excellency, Professor Peter Arthur Mutharika espouses commitment to education and its critical role to economic development of the country and Africa.
His values and commitments in education include:
• Increasing access and ensuring adequate female participation;
• Quality enhancement;
• Internationalisation of higher
• Academic excellence
– supportive of economic development
His Excellency, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was in 2016 awarded the African Leadership award and Medal of Honor by the African Leadership group of London for exceptional leadership and impacting lives positively.
His Excellency, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was also inducted into the Hall of Fame which represents the highest seal of approval, confidence and commendation from the board of the African Leadership Magazine Group.
He also received a Certificate of Honour of Citation from the Caucus of the State of Georgia, House of Representatives, USA.
In July 2016, His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was awarded an Honorary Doctorate Degree of Human Letters (Honoris Causa) by the University of Addis Ababa – Ethiopia, for his Excellency’s selfless contribution to Africa and the world and for leading Malawi from aid to trade diversifying Malawi’s economy, initiating programmes for empowering the youth, fighting climate change, fighting corruption and providing affordable housing for people.
In November, 2009, His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was awarded the Charles Nagel Professorship of International and Comparative Law by Washington University of Law for High Level Experience in Law and his undisputed achievements in academia. Mutharika is one of Malawi’s most highly educated international lawyers with different international accolades to his name. He is the first African person to be granted this honour.
A year before this (2008), His Excellency received an International Jurist Award from the International Council of Jurists based in the United Kingdom for His Excellency’s unique contribution to academia particularly the field of legal education and development in the world – First African to receive this award.
Your Excellencies, Distinguished ladies and Gentlemen, In April 2016, His Excellency was appointed African Development Bank Youth Programme Champion for his Excellency’s commitment to youth empowerment in Africa.
In July 2015, His Excellency was appointed Champion for Trade Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) by The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS – (UNAIDS) for His Excellency’s vision to ensure local drug manufacturing security in least developed countries. Through His Excellency’s engagement using his role as Trips Champion – His Excellency negotiated an extension of 17 years for least developed countries to continue manufacturing drugs locally.
In July 2015, His Excellency was appointed Champion for Higher Education in Africa by Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building (RUFORUM) in recognition for His Excellency’s experienced Background in Higher Education- His Excellency is now a key driver for advancing higher education in Africa. RUFORUM has confidence in President Mutharika’s ability to deliver beyond any expectations.
Your Excellencies, Distinguished ladies and Gentlemen, in June 2015, His Excellency, Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was crowned champion of HeForShe Global Impact by United Nations / UN Women following His Excellency’s commitment to gender equality and empowerment of women, specifically to end child marriages. HeforShe Campaign calls on men to join and be at the forefront of the gender equality movement.
In March 2015, His Excellency was crowned Champion for UNFPA Youth Programme by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for His Excellency’s exceptional credentials that improve the living standards of the youths in Malawi, Africa and the world.
Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika is a Co-convenor of the Global Commission on Education Financing with the Prime Minister of Norway, and Presidents of Chile and Indonesia, and the Director General of UNESCO.
Your Excellencies, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika was also appointed Champion for Global Education Partnership.
Your Excellencies, Distinguished Ladies and Gentlemen, we have before us, an outstanding African Statesman.
He is able to get mk145 million from POLICE as a tocken
Peter Mutharika directed that Vice-President Saulos Chilima should be replaced as co-chair of the Malabo Montpellier Forum, an international think tank to which he was appointed, with Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development Joseph Mwanamvekha, the government on Monday announced that instead Minister of Foreign Affairs Emmaneul Fabiano will be in charge.
According to a statement issued by Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Corporation, Fabiano co-chair and host the forum in Lilongwe on Tuesday to launch a new report by the panel titled Mechanized: Transforming Africa’s Agriculture Value Chains, a duty which the vice-president Chilima was scheduled to perform.
Chilima co-chairs the forum with Minister of State for Planning and Development of Benin, Abdoulaye Bio Tchané.
But Chief Secretary Lloyd Muhara in a later dated July 7, 2018 addressed to the Secretary to the Vice-President Clement Chinthu Phiri , directed that the international conference should instead be presided over by Mwanamvekha.
Muhara said President Mutharika assigned Mwanamvekha, MP in his capacity as Minister of Agriculture to chair the Malabo Montpellier Forum .
The Malabo Montpellier Panel, comprising 17 leading African and European experts in agriculture and public policy, appointed Chilima as co-chair in September, 2017.
Chilima first co-chaired the forum in December, 2017 in Cotonou, Benin where the Malabo Panel of experts reviewed a report which analysed policy decisions that African countries have taken to reduce malnutrition levels and to promote healthier and more diverse diets.
President Peter Mutharika Friday paid tribute to former Malawi leaders saying the country is on the right path of development because the previous governments laid foundation through the roles they played.
Mutharika was speaking in Mzuzu during the 54
th independence celebrations at Mzuzu Stadium that
were characterized by military displays, traditional dances and a football match.
“We are making progress worth celebrating and we need to pay tribute to the past leaders.
“Kamuzu Banda was the father and founder of this nation. Bakili led us into democracy and late Bingu,
through the DPP [Democratic Peoples Party], had set Malawi on the real path of development,”
Mutharika also praised other prominent figures such as Chakufwa Chihana whom he said was one of the
pioneers of the fight against Banda’s dictatorship during Malawi Congress Party (MCP) rule.
The President urged Malawians to learn to sacrifice for the country as was the case with other freedom
fighters such as Orton Chirwa, and Masauko Chipembere.
Mutharika said it is high time Malawians celebrated the rising again of social economic development
saying Malawi is moving in the right path.
He said in 2004, life expectancy was at 37 years but increased to 62 in 2017.
Mutharika added that Malawians are able to import an average of 5000 cars in a month and that filling
stations are everywhere across the country.
His said his government will continue with various developments for the wellbeing of Malawians.
The celebrations’ main organising committee chairperson, Minister of Agriculture and Water
Development Joseph Mwanamvekha commended the President for sparing time to celebrate the day
Notable faces at the function were Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda, former Vice-President Khumbo
Kachali and First Deputy Speaker Esther Mcheka Chilenje and several cabinet ministers.
Conspicuously missing were Vice-President Saulos Chilima and Leader of Opposition in Parliament
Among other activities, the event was marked by a military parade by Malawi Defense Forces, displays
by Malawi Police Service, traditional dances and a football match between Moyale Barracks and Be
It seems that most of our learned men in out society are not very familia with how govt is run and how govt business is conducted. A lot of people have talked about the Presidential jet which was sold during the reigns of HE Dr Joyce Banda. Let us get back to our history prior the purchase of the jet. Malawians never wanted late President Bingu Wa Mutharika to buy the jet. In 2011 during the historical July demonstration CSOs demanded that the jet be solid. Dr Joyce Banda took over in 2012 and the demands were still there and valid. Never can a president sell a govt property without proper channels and that is done by technocrats.
Let everyone out there know that the decision to sell the jet was a cabinet decision and those who know the running of govts know that when a matter is decided upon by cabinet the rest of implementation of that decision rests in the hands of the officials. No plane could have been sold without the final signing of the attorney general. If you want to know more these people are alive including Mr Mondiwa, and they have all the required information on how it went and how was the money used for.
On cashgate it shall remain fact and history shall judge fairly in the future that JOYCE BANDA shall remain the only president that tackled theft of public funds head on. Forensic audit. Work plan to clean it altogether, appoint a MINISTER RESPONSIBLE FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE, and arrests. Which other government has had that political will.
It must also be noted that Her Excellency Dr Joyce Banda has been declaring her assets from 2004 to 2017. Even post presidency she is still declaring. She is also the president that took an updated ASSETS DECLARATION BILL to parliament in 2014 and assented to it. One that requires that more officers should declare their assets before and after office. Those who continue to head their parties must also continue to declare assets.
More than fifty years ago, we agreed to be an independent nation. We fought colonialism and we attained self-rule. We gained our freedom.
But freedom is never free. Freedom is something that we always fight for. For this reason, freedom is precious.
Today, we have gathered to celebrate our freedom as a nation. Let us celebrate the path we walked since Independence and agree how we must proceed from here as a nation.
Over the past fifty years, our economy has failed to take many Malawians out of poverty. We have learnt the bitter lesson of not investing enough in power generation.
Countries such as China and Singapore who were below us in terms of GDP at the time of our Independence have outpaced us. Now we seek aid from them instead of them seeking aid from us.
These are realities we cannot deny. As I have always said, you do not solve a problem by denying it. We all agree that we should have achieved more with our Independence.
Yet, we have made progress worthy celebrating. I can feel that Malawi is rising. When you climb a mountain, you do not always celebrate victory by reaching the top – but also by looking back at how far up you came.
As we celebrate, let us appreciate that we share our existence with our neighbours. From Mozambique to Zambia and Tanzania, we have neighbours worthy our appreciation.
Let us also celebrate by paying tribute to our past leaders and their contribution to our national building.
Let us remember Kamuzu Banda as the father and founder of our nation.
History cannot never reversed. Whatever Kamuzu Banda’s style of leadership was, we cannot take away from our history that he was the father and founder of this nation. May His Soul Rest in Peace.
Let us remember Bingu wa Mutharika as a man who set Malawi on the path to real development. May His Soul Rest in Peace.
Let us celebrate the life of Bakili Muluzi while he lives. This is the man who led us into the democracy we enjoy today.
These are the three men whose leadership define the three phases of Malawian history since Independence. That is why I often say Malawi Congress Party came to end colonialism. The United Democratic Front came to bring us democracy. The Democratic Progressive Party has come to bring development.
Let us also remember the life of Chafukwa Chihana – a very close friend. This is the man who led all of us in exile to return to Malawi. There were many men and women over the last fifty years who fought dictatorship. It was not easy.
I know what it has taken for us to come this far because I have been there. I walked with the freedom fighters and I have known what it took for us to be here. I know what it was like to be arrested at Dedza in March 1959.
Throughout the 1960s, 70s and 80s, I dedicated my life to the fight for democracy while I was in exile. We lost our friends in the fight – Orton Chirwa, Masauko Chipembere, Atati Mpakati, Yatuta Chisiza, Silombera, and many more.
In fighting alongside these heroes, I learnt what it means to give one’s life for one’s country. I learnt how to sacrifice for my country and for others. I learnt the value of being selfless.
These are great heroes of the land we must remember to honour. But sometimes, our history is written on the wrong pages. We speak of the fight for Independence but we don’t care about our fight for democracy.
From now onwards, I want to hear that we are teaching our school children a balanced history of the nation. We must teach them our modern history and where we come from if they are to be patriotic.
We cannot be a nation that doesn’t teach our children our modern history. He who does not know where he is coming from cannot know where he is going.
Most of our Youths today have lost their sense of responsibility because we never taught them how we came this far.
On this day, every year, we celebrate our precious freedom because we want to remember where we come from.
We remember our past in order to manage our present and define our future. We learn lessons of the past to accomplish our present and complete our destiny.
With all our challenges, we are a nation that must be proud of our achievements – no matter how small they are.
Let us learn to be proud of our nation. Let us learn to be proud of ourselves. Let us learn to think positively. And think big as a nation!
When we bring electricity to village communities; when we build new roads and bridges connecting people’s lives, bringing rural growth centres – the people in Nthalire, Malomo and Chapananga know that something is happening.
We stabilised the economy, arrested the rising of fuel and food prices, and enabled a village young man to afford to buy a motorbike. Something is happening to our country.
We have economically empowered Malawians to import almost 5,000 cars per month. You can see new filling stations everywhere because Malawians are consuming more fuel. Something is happening.
We have improved the quality of life by changing life expectancy for every Malawian from 37 years in 2004 to 62 years in 2017. Something is happening in this country.
Nobody should tell us to stop developing any part of this country just because you don’t like the people of that part.
We may be different in which of the country we come from. But we do not differ in being Malawians.
We may differ in political parties we come from. But we do not differ that we are all Malawians.
This country belongs to us all. And we all belong to this country. And, it is the only country that we have! We shall never have another Malawi. And I want us to be proud of our country.
When the economy grows, infrastructure development is visible, and life expectancy increases because we are improving the quality of life.
Convention’s chair Nicholas Dausi addressing the delegates
Ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) will hold primaries next month.
President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika made the announcement in Blantyre on Tuesday when he officially opened the party’s third national elective convention.
Mutharika said the party will put in place mechanisms to ensure that the forthcoming primary elections are free and fair.
“Soon somewhere in August and September we will have primaries and let me warn you that I will not impose any candidates in all the constituencies or wards”. said Mutharika.
He added:”Nobody will be protected and I will not interfere in the electoral process, it will be open primary elections and am sure the best candidates will win”.
President Mutharika who has been been declared as DPP candidate for the 2019 tripartite elections said for the party to realise its landslide dream he will ensure that the playing field field during the primaries is levelled.
Opposition Malawi Congress Party is yet to set dates for primaries
(ACB), has vowed to determinedly probe transactions which suggest President Peter Mutharika might have benefitted from K145 million that a supplier allegedly deposited into a Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) account that has the President as the sole signatory.
But presidential spokesperson Mgeme Kalilani said the impeachment call is baseless since Mutharika was not at fault.
Kalilani said Pioneer Investments merely donated to the party; hence, this does not make the President an accomplice to the alleged corrupt practice.
The matter came to light last week after a leaked document— which ACB has not disowned— indicated that the money could be part of proceeds of payment from the Malawi Police Service (MPS) to Pioneer Investments which has been under the radar of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament for some time.
ACB suspects that the firm, owned by businessperson Zameer Karim, fraudulently supplied food rations to MPS where the bill was inflated from the actual contract price of K2.327 billion to K2.8 billion following a letter that Karim wrote MPS, then director of finance, Innocent Bottoman, on August 4 2015.
In an interview yesterday, ACB Director General Reyneck Matemba regretted the leakage but vowed that there is nothing that will stop the bureau from getting to the bottom of the alleged fraud.
He said: “One way or the other, the leakage will affect our investigations because it has happened before we concluded the investigations. What has been circulating is just a preliminary report. We will continue to investigate the matter and conclude as soon as possible.”
Matemba admitted that the leakage will pile pressure on both the bureau and witnesses but maintained that ACB is determined to ensure a logical conclusion is reached.
He said the leakage happened even before ACB’s internal processes were concluded.
“But that has happened and we cannot continue to cry over spilt milk. We have to move forward,” Matemba said.
He added that if necessary, arrests will be made after investigations are concluded.
The ACB boss said they are encouraged to see that the presidency “is also keen to see the logical conclusion of the investigations” following reports that Presidential Press Secretary Mgeme Kalilani declared that Mutharika has nothing to hide and that he is calling upon the ACB to thoroughly and professionally investigate the transaction.
Initially, Kalilani had claimed that the leaked document was some mere fabrication by a disgruntled politician. This was despite that ACB had not disowned it.
Among other things, the report recommended that Bottoman and Karim should be prosecuted for allegedly defrauding the Malawi Government and acquiring proceeds of crime totalling K1.4 billion and forging and uttering false documents.
The report, dated May 4 2018, indicates that Pioneer Investments won a tender to supply 500,000 ration packs to MPS for a total contract sum of K2, 327,087,500. The contract was signed on August 4 2015.
Exactly six days after signing the contract, Karim wrote Bottoman requesting an upward adjustment of 20 percent on the grounds that the Malawi kwacha against the dollar.
However, according to ACB, between August 4 and 6, the kwacha had only depreciated by almost two percent and not the claimed 20 percent.
The report goes on to say that on August 12, 2015, Bottoman, on his own and without approval by an internal procurement committee, approved the 20 percent adjustment, raising the contract amount by K466 million.
According to the leaked document, a day after Karim had deposited K2,793,087,500 to his account at National Bank, after obtaining the money using MPS as a guarantor, he issued a cheque of K145 million in favour of the DPP account whose sole signatory is Mutharika.
Both Bottoman and Karim claimed to have no knowledge of any fraudulent transactions in the contract.
APPOINTMENT OF BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR VARIOUS STATUTORY CORPORATIONS
The President of the Republic of Malawi, His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, has appointed and approved the appointment of new Board Members and reconstituted the Board of Directors of the following Statutory Corporations:
A. RESERVE BANK OF MALAWI (RBM)
1. Dr. Dalitso Kabambe, Chairperson (Governor)
2. Dr. Grant Kabango, Executive Director (Deputy Governor)
3. Dr. Martin Phangaphanga, Non-Executive Director
4. Mr. Pius Mulipa, Non-Executive Director
5. Mrs. Maria Msiska, Non-Executive Director
6. Mrs. Rosemary Kanyuka, Non-Executive Director
7. Mr. Ben Botolo, Secretary to the Treasury (Ex-Officio)
B. MALAWI COUNCIL FOR THE HANDICAPPED (MACOHA)
1. Reverend Chitsulo – Chairperson
2. Dr. Margaret Wazakali – Member
3. Dr. Chiwoza Bandawe – Member
4. Ms. Grace Massa – Member
5. Mr. Symon Munde – Member
6. Mr. J. S. Kanabar – Member
7. Secretary for Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare – (By Invitation)
8. Secretary for Education, Science and Technology – (By Invitation)
9. Secretary for Health and Population – (By Invitation)
10. Secretary to the Treasury – (By Invitation)
11. Comptroller of Statutory Corporations – (By Invitation)
C. MALAWI GAMING BOARD/NATIONAL LOTTERIES BOARD (MGB/NLB)
1. Mr. Billy Banda – Chairperson
2. Mr. Rajab Malimba – Member
3. Ms. Sara Modecai – Member
4. Mrs. Kandeu – Member
5. Ms. Victoria Kingstone – Member
6. Mr. Thom Njilika – Member
7. Secretary Responsible for Culture – (Ex-Officio)
8. Chief Secretary to the Government – (Ex-Officio)
9. Comptroller of Statutory Corporations – (Ex-Officio)
10. Inspector General of Police – (Ex- Officio)
D. NATIONAL YOUTH COUNCIL OF MALAWI (NYCOM)
1. Ms. Helen Buluma – Chairperson
2. Ms. Laurine Botomani Phiri
3. Mr. Hadson Mphepo – Member
4. Mr. Patrick Kaudzu – Member
5. Mr. E. Gowani – Member
6. Rev. D. Gunya – Member
7. Ms. Monica Makeya Dzonzi – Member
8. Mr. James Mwalwanda – Member
9. Ms. Juliet Magombo – Member
10. Mr. Sam Zuze – Member
11. Fr. Michael Useni – Member
12. Ms. Chisomo Chona – Member
13. Mr. Gilford Maulidi – Member
14. Secretary Responsible for the Youth – (Ex-Officio)
15. Comptroller of Statutory Corporations – (Ex-Officio)
16. The Solicitor General – (Ex-Officio)
17. Secretary for Education, Science & Technology – (Ex-Officio)
18. Secretary for Health and Population – (Ex-Officio)
19. Secretary for Local Government and Rural Development – (Ex-Officio)
E. TECHNICAL, ENTREPRENEURIAL AND VOCATIONAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING AUTHORITY (TEVETA)
1. Mr. Gilbert Chilinde – Chairperson
2. Mr. William Bobby – Member
3. Mr. Emmanuel Banda – Member
4. Mr. Greenwell Mwamonde – Member
5. Mrs. Joy Chalira – Member
6. Mr. Steve Duwa – Member
7. Traditional Authority Mwansambo – Member
8. Mr. Hamilton Deleza – Member
9. Sheikh Dinala Chabulika – Member
10. Mr. Mahikili – Member
11. Mr. David Ngulinga
12. Secretary for Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development – (Ex-Officio)
13. Secretary to the Treasury – (Ex-Officio)
14. Secretary for Education, Science and Technology – (Ex-Officio)
15. Secretary Responsible for Industry and Trade – (Ex-Officio)
16. Comptroller of Statutory Corporations – (By Invitation)
F. MALAWI INSTITUTE OF EDUCATION (MIE)
1. Prof. Address Malata, Vice Chancellor of MUST – Chairperson
2. Dean of Faculty of Education, Chancellor College – Member
3. Mr. Mahesh Kotecha – Member
4. Mr. Charles Namijingo – Member
5. Mr. Joseph Patel – Member
6. Reverend Innocent Chikopa – Member
7. Apostle S. Ndovie
8. Secretary for Education, Science and Technology – (Ex-Officio)
9. Secretary to the Treasury – (Ex-Officio)
10. Director of Inspection and Advisory in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology – (Ex-Officio)
11. Representative of the Department of Teacher Education and Development – (Ex-Officio)
12. Executive Director of Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) – (Ex-Officio)
13. Comptroller of Statutory Corporations (By Invitation)
G. NATIONAL COMMISSION OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (NCST)
1. Prof. Moses Kwapata – Chairperson
2. Rev. Dr. Timothy Nyasulu – Member
3. Dr. Yusuf Aufi – Member
4. Mrs. Egolet Banda – Member
5. Mr. Kalekeni Kasambala – Member
6. Ms. Doreen Pasiya – Member
7. Mr. J. Mathanga – Member
8. Mr. Majid Mtekama – Member
9. Secretary for Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development – (Ex-Officio)
10. Secretary for Education, Science and Technology – (Ex-Officio)
11. Secretary for Health and Population – (Ex-Officio)
12. Secretary for Natural Resources, Energy and Mining – (Ex-Officio)
13. Chief Director for Economic Planning and Development – (Ex-Officio)
14. Comptroller of Statutory Corporations (By Invitation)
H. MEDICAL COUNCIL OF MALAWI (MCM)
1. Prof. John Chisi – Chairperson
2. Dr. Medson Matchaya – Member
3. Dr. Jessie Mlotha Namarika – Member
4. Dr. Leo Masamba – Member
5. Dr. Chisale Mhango – Member
6. Dr. Rodney Kalanda – Member
7. Dr. Bridon M’baya – Member
8. Dr. Anoush Mazloum – Member
9. Dr. Steve Kamiza – Member
10. Mr. Arthur Msowoya – Member
11. Mr. Duncan Melson Chipulula – Member
12. The Solicitor General – (Ex-Officio)
13. Chief of Health Services – (Ex-Officio)
14. Comptroller of Statutory Corporations (Ex-Officio)
I. COPYRIGHT SOCIETY OF MALAWI (COSOMA)
1. Mr. Eric Mabedi – Chairperson
2. Rev. Charles Mawaya – Member
3. Mr. Joseph Tembo – Member
4. Mr. Charles Sinetre – Member
5. Rev. Catherine Jailosi – Member
6. Mr. Kendal Kamwendo – Member
7. Secretary for Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development – (Ex-Officio)
8. Comptroller of Statutory Corporations (Ex-Officio)
9. The Solicitor General (Ex-Officio)
10. Secretary for Education, Science and Technology – (Ex-Officio)
J. NATIONAL LIBRARY SERVICE (NLS)
1. Mr. Martin Nthawani – Chairperson
2. Rev. Peter Likagwa – Member
3. Father Katundu – Member
4. Mr. Mugona – Member
5. Mrs. Chrissie Nampeya – Member
6. Mrs. Rose Sangweni Chikhambi – Member
7. Ms. Mphatso Gadama – Member
8. Senior Traditional Authority Mwabulabo – Member
9. Mr. Steven Mbalule – Member
10. Secretary for Education, Science and Technology – (Ex-Officio)
11. Comptroller of Statutory Corporations (By Invitation)
12. Secretary for Local Government and Rural Development – (Ex-Officio)
13. Inspector General of Police – (Ex-Officio)
14. Secretary for Information and Communications Technology – (Ex-Officio)
K. MALAWI UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (MUST)
1. Dr. Andrew Daudi – Chairperson
2. Dr. Rex Harawa – Member
3. Dr. Joyce Njoloma – Member
4. Mrs. Edith Jiya – Member
5. Vice Chancellor of Malawi University of Science and Technology
6. Deputy Vice Chancellor of Malawi University of Science and Technology
7. A Member of the Senate
8. One Member Appointed by MUST Council
9. One Female Member and One Male Member Elected by MUST Students Representative Council
10. Secretary for Education, Science and Technology – (Ex-Officio)
11. Secretary to the Treasury – (Ex-Officio)
12. Comptroller of Statutory Corporations (Ex-Officio).
The appointments are with immediate effect.
Lloyd A. Muhara
OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT AND CABINET
1st July, 2018
Parliament on Wednesday confirmed Rodney Steven Jose as Malawi Police Service Inspector General.
The confirmation is contrary to the wishes of three civil society organisations- Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation, Centre for Development of People and Youth and Society. The three waged war against Jose and led a campaign against his confirmation.
On April 1, President Professor Peter Mutharika appointed Jose as acting IG of Police.
During government business time on Wednesday, Minister of Home Affairs and Internal Security Cecilia Chazama moved a motion for Parliament to confirm Jose as the new IG in accordance with section 154(2) of the Constitution.
One hundred and fifty three members went into a secret vote where 96 approved of his appointment and 55 against while two opted not to vote.
Speaking to journalists after the confirmation, Chazama thanked the house for the confidence shown in Jose saying the country now has a legitimate IG of police.
“There were afew issues raised especially from the spokesperson of the Malawi Congress Party to do with the death of Robert Chasowa. Indeed Mr Jose appeared at the commission of enquiry but we all know that to appear at a commission of enquiry does not mean that that person committed the act.
“And also it is up to the prosecution that has to look into that report and take up issues. You do not appear before a commission of enquiry and also take yourself to proceed with the matter; it does not work like that,” said Chazama.
Chazama described Jose as a patriotic professional team player, a hard worker and a hands-on person who has diligently served all presidents from the one party to the multiparty system of government.
Chazama said that some of Jose’s capabilities were witnessed when the country held peaceful demonstrations in April this year which were organized by the Civil Society Organizations.
“This just demonstrates how professional he is. For the first time in the country, demonstrating members were allowed to go into the Capital Hill which has never happened.
“So I urge Malawians to give him space and let him work. He knows that as he has blessings from both sides of the house, he also has to continue doing his work professionally by serving everyone despite their political affiliations, which I believe he will do,”
A 26year old Mozambican national died over the weekend in Mchinji after drinking a locally distilled alcoholic spirit, popularly known as Kachasu on an empty stomach.
Police have confirmed the death saying the deceased came into the country with a friend for a drinking spree.
Mchinji Police Station Public Relations Officer, Inspector Kaitano Lubrino said the two arrived into Chimombo village in the area of traditional Authority Mlonyeni in Mchinji where they drank kachasu till midnight without taking any food.
“The same night the two organized themselves to go back home to Mozambique,” he said.
“Due to heavy intoxication they failed to safely cycle back home instead they slept along Mtukwa–Mozambique Earth Road within Gulawe Village in the same traditional authority,” said Lubrino.
In the morning, some community members were surprised to find the two Mozambican nationals sleeping along the road. The community members tried to wake the strangers up only to discover that one of them identified as Pilirani Levison (26), was already dead.
Lubrino said that postmortem examination conducted at Mchinji District Hospital established that death occurred due to low levels of blood glucose as a result of excessive Kachasu drinking on an empty stomach…