Cabinet attracts mixed reactions

Political and social analysts have faulted the newly appointed cabinet by President Lazarus Chakwera saying it is based on appeasement policy.

The 31-member cabinet includes Sidik Mia and his wife Abida Mia, relations of late former president Hastings Kamuzu Banda, Kenny Kandodo and his sister Khumbize Kandodo and broadcaster Gospel Kazako and his sister-in-law Agnes Nkusa Nkhoma.

Reacting to the new appointments, a University of Livingstonia based political scholar, George Phiri, said the cabinet has been dominated by blood-line relations which is contrary to the people’s expectations.

Phiri added that the move might affect the process of checks and balances on the affairs of the country.

Concurring with Phiri, Chancellor College based political scientist Ernest Thindwa said apart from the dominant blood-ties, the newly cabinet lacks competence.

Thindwa said many personalities do not have known records as achievers which might affect their effectiveness and performance.

He however said that there is need to give the new cabinet a chance and full support to enhance development.

Lucky Mbewe, who doubles as social commentator and youth rights activist, described the cabinet as an appeasement policy.

He however commended the representation of the youth in the new cabinet while stating that the president can do better.

Young Politicians Union National Director Clement Makuwa said the cabinet lacks true representation of the youth.

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