His Excellency Prof Arthur Peter Mutharika has sworn in his 32 member cabinet which comprises of members from United Democratic Front and the Former Peoples Party vice president, Hon Kamlepo Kalua.
The swearing in ceremony took place at Sanjika Palace in Blantyre on Saturday morning.
Mutharika has sworn in the cabinet amidst fears emanating from COVID-19 pandemic which is now a global concern that has forced even Malawi government to consider closing all education institutions and ban public gatherings.
The event was a private gathering and assumingly,if we are to calculate the escorts of each minister,that sums it up to 40 people plus the ministers that’s 72. Then there was the President,State House staff and other government officials,arguably more than 100 people were in attendance.
On a related development.
The governing Democratic Progressive Party had a public rally at Namitete Primary School in Blantyre today and the gathering had more than 100 people.
What is strange is that;both on these events,prevention measures in the fight against Covid19 were not followed.Below are some of them.
1) Social Distance was ignored
2)Same bible and Quran were used continuously by different people.
3) No gloves,No masks
4)Handshakes were encouraged and practiced.
Meanwhile, the Department of Immigration is intending to challenge a court order obtained under the controversial Judge Kenyatta Nyirenda giving freedom to four Chinese nationals to enter the country amidst fear of spreading the deadly Coronavirus.
Director General for the Department of Immigration Masauko Medi confirmed this at a press conference in Lilongwe this morning.
Medi said;his office has recieved advice from the Attorney General to challenge the court order and have the Chinese nationals flown back to China in the interest of national security.
Government officials were on Saturday morning holding a press briefing in Lilongwe to strategies on how best to fight Coronavirus.