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Government & Politics

Malawi is a Republic and gained independence from Britain on July 6 1964 and became a multiparty democracy in 1993. The Government of the Republic of Malawi is made up of three arms: The Executive, The Legislative and The Judiciary.

The Executive: The President heads the Executive arm of Government. The President is the Head of State, Head of Government and the Commander-in-Chief of the Malawi Defence Force.



Cabinet List

CABINET LIST - Effective 19th June, 2019

1.    His Excellency Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika.
President of Malawi, Minister of Defence Commander-in-chief of the Armed and Police forces.

2.    Right Honourable Everton Herbert Chimulirenji.
Vice President of the Republic of Malawi, Minister Responsible for Disaster and Relief Management and Public Events.

3.    Hon. Joseph Mwanamvekha M.P
Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development.

4.    Hon Mark Michael Botomani M.P
Minister of Information, Civic Education and Communications Technology.

5.    Hon. Symon Vuwa Kaunda M.P
Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

6.    Hon. Benson Malunga Phiri M.P
Minister of Local Government and Rural Development.

7.    Hon. Jappie Chancy Mtuwa Mhango M.P
Minister of Health and Population.

8.    Hon. Ibrahim Salim Bagus M.P
Minister of Industry, Trade and Tourism.

9.    Hon. Kondwani Nankhumwa M.P
Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development.

10.Hon. Dr. William Susuwele Banda M.P
Minister of Education Science and Technology.

11.Hon. Bright Msaka S.C., M.P
Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs.

12.Hon. Francis Kasaila M.P
Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

13.Hon. Martha Lunji Mhone Chanjo M.P
Minister of Labour, Skills and Innovation.

14.Hon. Ralph Jooma M.P
Minister of Transport and Public Works.

15.Hon. Nicholas Dausi M.P
Minister of Homeland Security.

16.Hon. Marry Thom Navicha M.P
Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare.

17.Hon. Bintoni Kutsaira M.P
Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining.

18.Hon. Francis Phiso M.P
Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture.

19.Hon Amos Mailosi M.P
Deputy Minister of Defence.

DEPUTY MINISTERS

·       Honourable Chipiliro Mpinganjira, M.P., Deputy Minister of Defence.

·       Honourable Esther Majaza, M.P. Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development.

·       Honourable Martha Chiuluntha Ngwira, M.P., Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology.

·       Honourable Charles Mchacha, M.P., Deputy Minister of Transport and Public Works.

·       Honourable Grace Kwelepeta, M.P., Deputy Minister of Gender, Children, disability and Social Welfare.

·       Honourable Mungasulwa Mwambande, M.P., Deputy Minister of Natural Resources, Energy and Mining.

His Excellency the President has also appointed the following:

·       Honourable Kalekeni Kaphale, as Attorney General.

·       Honourable Goodal Gondwe, Special Advisor on Finance and Development.

·       Honourable Dr. Uladi Mussa, Special Advisor on Parliamentary Affairs.

·       Honourable Grezelder Jeffrey, Special Advisor on women Affairs.

·       Honourable Dr. Chris Daza, Special Advisor on Governance.


Politics

Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. After thirty years of one-party rule under President Hastings Kamuzu Banda, the country held multiparty elections in 1994, under a provisional constitution, which came into full effect the following year. The first elections under the multiparty system took place on 17 May 1994 electing Dr. Bakili Muluzi as Malawi's first democratically elected president. In 2004, Malawi held its third multi-party elections and elected President Bingu wa Mutharika as the Head of State.

Following the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika on 5 April 2012, Her Excellency Madam President Joyce Hilda Mtila Banda was sworn in as the Head of State on 7 April 2012.

Government Structure: Central Government comprises of the Executive (President, Cabinet and Civil Servants); Judiciary (Supreme Court, the Court of Appeal, the High Court and the Magistrates Court) and Legislature (Parliament and members of Parliament). Local Government is headed by the Minister of Local Government. It is then decentralized into Urban authorities and municipalities (Mayor, Chief Executive, Municipal and Ward Council); District Council (Chairperson and Local Council) and Traditional Authority Council (Group Village headman and Village Head).

Regional and International Membership
The country is a member of the United Nations, African Union, The Commonwealth, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC).