Joyce Banda appoints new cabinet

After sacking Several of her officials caught allegedly with money hidden under their beds and in their cars Malawi’s first female president Joyce Banda has appointed a new cabinet.

Western donors had been urging Ms Banda to tackle corruption. Malawi is a poor African state, heavily dependent on financial aid from the European Union (EU) and other foreign powers.

Announcing her new cabinet on her face book page, which read as follows: “Making My dear friends and Fellow Malawians.”

In line with the powers conferred upon me by Section 94 (1) of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, I have appointed a new Cabinet with effect from today.

The full list of the Cabinet is as follows:


1. Her Excellency Dr. Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi, Commander-in-Chief of the Malawi Defence Force and the Malawi Police Service, Minister Responsible for Statutory Corporations, Civil Service Administration, Nutrition, HIV and AIDS, National Registration Programme, and the Green Belt Initiative.

2. Right Honourable Khumbo Kachali, Vice President of the Republic of Malawi and Responsible for National Relief and Disaster Management,National Public Events Office, Central Government Stores, and Department of Printing Services.

3. Honourable Sosten Gwengwe, M.P. – Minister of Industry and Trade

4. Honourable Dr. Maxwell Mkwezalamba, – Minister of Finance

5. Honourable Fahad Assani – Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs

6. Honourable Mrs. Catherine Gotani Hara, M.P. – Minister of Health

7. Honourable Mohammed Sidik Mia, M.P. – Minister of Transport and Public Works

8. Honourable Ephraim Mganda Chiume, M.P. – Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

9. Honourable Henry Duncan Phoya, SC, M.P. Minister of Lands and Housing

10. Honourable Mrs. Eunice Kazembe, M.P. Minister in the Office of the President and Cabinet Responsible for Good Governance

11.Honourable Mrs. Anita Kalinde, M.P. Minister of Water Development and Irrigation

12.Honourable Ken Edward Kandodo, M.P. – Minister of Defence

13.Honourable Uladi Mussa, M.P. – Minister of Home Affairs

14.Honourable Mrs. Halima Daud, M.P. – Minister of Environment and Climate Change Management

15.Honourable Enock Chakufwa K. Chihana, M.P. – Minister of Youth and Sports

16.Honourable Ralph Pachalo Jooma, M.P. – Minister of Economic Planning and Development

17.Honourable Grace Maseko, M.P. – Minister of Labour

18.Honourable Mrs. Rachel Patience Mazombwe Zulu, M.P. – Minister of Local Government and Rural Development

19.Honourable Dr. James Munthali – Minister of Agriculture and Food Security

20.Honourable Mary Clara Makungwa – – Minister of Gender, Children and Social Welfare

21.Honourable Moses Kunkuyu Kalongashawa, M.P. – Minister of Tourism and Culture

22.Honourable John Bande, M.P. – Minister of Mining

23.Honourable Ibrahim Matola, M.P. – Minister of Energy

24.Honourable Brown Mpinganjira, – Minister of Information and Civic Education

25.Honourable Dr. Lucious Kanyumba, M.P., – Minister of Education, Science and Technology

26.Honourable Ms. Rachel Kachaje, – Minister of Disability and Elderly Affairs

27.Honourable Jermoth Ulemu Chilapondwa, M.P. – Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Food Security

28.Honourable Dr. Cornelius Mwalwanda, M.P. – Deputy Minister of Finance

29.Honourable Godfrey Jeff Kamanya, M.P. – Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development

30.Honourable Ephraim Abel Kayembe, M.P. – Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

31.Honourable Chikumbutso John Hiwa, M.P. – Deputy Minister of Health

32. Honourable Agnes Mandevu Chatipwa M.P. – Deputy Minister of Education

I have ordered them to be responsible in execution of their duties and to act in the interests of our people. I will not tolerate any malpractice and negligence of duties.

Thank you all for your support and prayers.

May God bless you all.

And may God bless the land of Malawi!

Dr Joyce Banda
President of the Republic of Malawi