Banda hits the ground running


In the first few breathless days of her presidency Malawi’s new head of state Joyce Banda has shown her determination to change things and get the economy moving once more.

The new president has already spoken to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and asked her to reinstate donor funding via the Millennium Challenge Corporation. The president has also assured the Americans that rule of law, democracy and respect for human rights would be restored. Keen to attract donors back to the country President Banda has expressed hope that relations with the UK can be normalised once more.

Meanwhile, the president has sacked the Inspector General of Police Peter Mukhito and replaced him with Loti Dzonzi who said that his first task was to sort out corruption. The president has dismissed the Minister for Information Patricia Kaliati and replaced her with Moses Kumkuyu. The president has also appointed a new reserve bank governor, Mary Nkosi.

Further casualties of the president’s purge include Bright Malopa, the Director general of state broadcaster MBC who has been replaced by Benson Tembo. The Secretary to the Treasury, Joseph Mwanamvekha has also been dismissed.

More new appointments are expected over the next few days.

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