President dissolves Cabinet
President Bingu wa Mutharika has dissolved his Cabinet following a series of protests over the size of the 40 strong Cabinet as well as the rising cost of living and fuel shortages. The president was presented with a 20 point set of demands in late July which included reducing the size of the Cabinet.
The government has also been receiving complaints from chiefs about the way in which they are often used for political purposes. Catholic Culture reports that Bishop Joseph Mukasa Zuza has called upon the president to “stop suffocating civil society, the press, the judiciary power and democracy,”
The official announcement states that ‘all ministerial duties revert to the Office of the President and Cabinet’. No official reason has been given for the move and no date has been given for the appointment of a new Cabinet.
Meanwhile Malawi’s National Statistical Office (NSO) said that year on year inflation had risen to 7.4% in July. Analysts say that part of the reason is the recent tax rises and a recent 10% devaluation of the kwacha by the Reserve Bank of Malawi.