By Audrey Kapalamula:
President Peter Mutharika has warned newly sworn-in Cabinet ministers against abusing public resources, urging them to prioritise the interest of Malawians.
Mutharika warned the ministers against embarking on unnecessary foreign trips, saying they would only be allowed to travel outside the country thrice per financial year.
Speaking at the New State House in Lilongwe, the Malawi leader said the ministers would be furnishing his office with monthly reports.
“Your job is not to be on airplanes travelling to useless international conferences. That will be curtailed. You must also provide my office with two-paged reports within five days at the end of the month,” he said.
He further advised the ministers to operate according to principles of Cabinet, which include confidentiality, mutual respect, collective responsibility and trust.
He also said the appointed ministers should not cut ties with the communities while living in the cities.
“People will never forgive you if you cut ties with them, only to remember them at the next election; please always listen to the needs of the people. Similarly, any abuse of public resources is unacceptable. In fact, I will never hesitate to fire you if you abuse public resources,” Mutharika said.
In an interview, Homeland Security Minister, Nicholas Dausi, said he would ensure that the country enjoys maximum security at all times.
Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Minister, Mary Thom Navicha, said she was humbled to be among women in decision-making positions.
Six ministers only have made a comeback to the 24-member Cabinet, which comprises six deputy ministers.