President Joyce Banda sacks Cabinet


President Joyce Banda has dissolved her Cabinet with immediate effect. The President took the move following complaints from donors, civil society organisations along with media reports of widespread fraud in her government.

The Nyasa Times reports that “10 junior government officials had been arrested so far for suspected graft, and that they had recovered tens of thousands of dollars in cash from their car boots and homes”.

The newspaper reports Presidential Secretary Steve Nhlane as announcing that “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.

There had been rumours for some time that the president would carry out a comprehensive reshuffle, but the persistent accusations of financial impropriety had forced her hand and on Wednesday she announced that a special police team would be conducting a financial audit of all ministries.

The announcement by the president’s office did not imply that there was any rush to appoint a new Cabinet. All ministerial matters will, for the time being, be handled by the President’s office, presumably whilst the financial audit is being conducted.

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