BLANTYRE-(MaraviPost)—As Malawians are still waiting for appointments of parastatal boards, that are very crucial for the running of government affairs, President Lazarus Chakwera has added some ‘spent forces’ to his league of advisors by roping in Malawi Congress Party (MCP) campaign director Moses Kunkuyu and other two political gurus.
Kunkuyu, who previously served as minister of information in the government of Joyce Banda between 2012 and 2014, has been appointed presidential advisor on Chiefs and Rural Governance.
Confirming the development, Kunkuyu said he will be working in collaboration with Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to bring the traditional leaders closer to Chakwera’s development agenda.
The other two include former Member of Parliament (MP) for Lilongwe North East Maxwell Thyolera and People’s Party (PP) vice president Ephraim Chibvunde who have been appointed as Presidential advisor on Parliamentary Affairs and advisor on Political Affairs respectively.
Reacting, governance expert and commentator Makhumbo Munthali has cautioned the president on the appointment of the advisors whose contribution has, for a long time, been questionable.
“I think we need to revisit the role of presidential advisors in the country to avoid duplicating their roles with some of the ministries around because where there is a line ministry then the role of the minister is being advisor to the President,” Munthali said.
Presidential advisors are entitled to 500 litres of fuel a month, a vehicle which they drive themselves, medical scheme and airtime, free water, free electricity, DStv subscription at a combined cost of almost K300 000.
Some quarters have argued that the appointments are rewards to president’s cronies who helped him during the campaign in the previous court sanctioned presidential election.
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