Malawi President Joyce Banda has dissolved her Cabinet following calls from donors, civil society organisations the media and other quarters to act on those involved in massive looting of public funds at Capital Hill.
Banda’s Cabinet dissolution comes barely a few hours after she met Cabinet at Chikoko Bay in Mangochi.
In a statement from State House, Presidential Secretary Steve Nhlane said: “Her Excellency Dr Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi, in exercise of the powers conferred upon her by Section 94 (1) and Section 95 (2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, has today, 10th October 2013, dissolved Cabinet.
Following the dissolution of the Cabinet, all ministerial matters will revert to the Presidency through Controlling Officers. Her Excellency the President will announce a new Cabinet in due course”.
Banda came under heavy fire from all quarters of society following reports of looting of public funds by some civil servants at Capital Hill.
About 10 arrests have been made so far, but some CSO’s are posing questions as to why ‘big fish’ in government have not been arrested over the cash-gate saga.
Earlier today the Consumer Association of Malawi (Cama) executive director John Kapito warned Malawians not to elect a president with a record of mismanagement of government coffers.
Kapito was addressing demonstrators who marched to Lilongwe District Commissioner to deliver a petition demanding the firing of senior government officials including Finance Minister Ken Lipenga.