Wilson Chipangura, Guest Reporter
LILONGWE – President Lazarus Chakwera has fired Minister of Energy, Newton Kambala, a statement signed by Secretary to Office of the President and Cabinet Zangazanga Chikhosi revealed on Wednesday.
“In exercise of the powers conferred upon him by Section 95(2) of the Constitution of the Republic of Malawi, His Excellency the President, Dr. Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera, has removed Honourable Newton Kambala from the Cabinet, as a Cabinet member, with effect from today, 11th August, 2021.”
The statement furthers says that all ministerial functions will now be exercised by the president.
“Following this change to the Cabinet, all Ministerial powers, functions and responsibilities of the Ministry of Energy shall vest in and be exercised by His Excellency the President.
“Therefore all queries or matters requiring attention of the Minister of Energy should be directed to the Office of the President and Cabinet,” said Chikhosi.
Chakwera who has of late been accused of dictatorial actions due to his no-nonsense approach has been exercising a crackdown on top officials perceived to be at the centre of power abuse in Malawi.