Malawi president rejigs cabinet after corruption scandals

Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera delivers the opening speech for the Southern African Development Community Heads of State Extraordinary summit, on the state of security in Mozambique, at Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe, on Jan 12, 2022. (AMOS GUMULIRA / AFP)

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. 

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In a separate statement, Malawi President Lazarus Chakwera declared a state of disaster over tropical storm Ana, which caused heavy rains and flooding in the south of the country

In the new cabinet of the southern African country Samuel Kawale was made lands minister, Vera Kamtukule labor 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.

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. 

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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.