By Chancy Namadzunda:
Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiatives (CDEDI) Executive Director Slyvester Namiwa has decsribed President Lazarus Chakwera as a time waster and a joker.
Namiwa’s comment follows Chakwera’s failure to honor his own deadlines, the latest being the cabinet assessment and reshuffle.
When he appointed the current cabinet In July last year, Chakwera said by December 2020, he will request performance appraisals for each minister.
He said he will start the new year (2021) with a new cabinet made up of those whose performance is good.
However, In January, the President said he is yet to asses his cabinet.
In February, State House released images of Chakwera and Vice President Saulos Chilima with a bold statement that the two were assessing the cabinet and a reshuffled one will be out by end March 2021.
On 29th March Presidential Secretary Brian Banda said the reshuffled Cabinet will be out within 48 hours as promised.
At the expiry of 48 hours, Banda said Chakwera failed to release the reshuffled cabinet because Chilima submitted assessment reports late.
Banda said the review of the Cabinet assessment report requires thorough analysis.
However, Namiwa said Chakwera’s request for extra time to enable him scrutinise his cabinet has vindicated CDEDI that Malawinas have a time waster and a joker in the high office of the presidency.
“Let Dr. Chilima and Dr. Chakwera know that Malawians are tired of their commedy. What Malawians are anxiously waiting for from the two leaders are results, results, and results, and not jokes befitting Fools Day, which is today, 1st April,” said Namiwa in a brief statement
The Atlas Malawi understands that power scuffles between Tonse Alliance main partners Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and UTM have contributed to the delayed release of the reshuffled Cabinet.
Reports within the system indicate there are disagreements on who should be in the new cabinet.
According to our sources, UTM wants to have a higher in the the reshuffled cabinet than the present cabinet which is dominated by MCP.
“Chilima has proposed that UTM fills up some key ministries which MCP is resisting. By March 31, the two camps had not agreed on the demands,” said the source.