President Peter Mutharika, has called on his aides and cabinet ministers to give him honest and objective advice and not what they think he needs to hear in order to help him develop the country.
Speaking during the swearing in ceremony of recently appointed Minister of Transport and Public Works Malison Ndau and Deputy Minister of Defence Aggrey Masi today at Kamuzu Palace, Mutharika noted that honest advice could help solve the country’s socio-economic problems.
“I will expect you to give me your honest and objective advice- not what you think that I want to hear because that is the only way we are going to be able to deal with the problems such as those of food shortage and corruption. Make sure that your hands are also clean from corruption because corruption is another enemy of development,” he urged.
He also urged them to devise ways of improving operations in their ministries.
“I expect you to find long lasting solutions to the challenges that the country is facing,” he advised.
On April 7 this year, Mutharika reshuffled his cabinet, firing Agriculture and Food Security Minister, Allan Chiyembekeza and replaced him with George Chaponda who was at Foreign Affairs.
Ndau was deputy Minister of Defence, and was promoted to Minister of Transport, with Masi being the only new face in the 20-member cabinet.