Malawi’s President dissolves Cabinet over corruption charges

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Lazarus Chakwera dissolved his Cabinet on Monday, 24 January, due to graft charges against three ministers. The president is facing a revolt over perceived inaction on corruption within the government.

Chakwera told the nation in a televised address that “all the functions of Cabinet revert to my office until I announce a reconfigured Cabinet in two days.”

He vowed to “confront all forms of lawless conduct by public officials.”

The three ministers in question are Lands Minister, Kezzie Msukwa, who stands accused of profiting off land deals involving a Malawian businessman based in the UK; Labour Minister, Ken Kandodo, who is accused of siphoning COVID-19 funds; and Energy Minister, Newton Kambala, who is accused of illegally manipulating fuel import deals.

President Chakwera said that he had taken the decision to allow the three ministers and other public officers to account for their charges.