New President Names Cabinet, Replaces Top Police Official
BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) _ The new Malawi president on Tuesday replaced a top police official who had resisted the country’s first multiparty election.
President Bakili Muluzi also named 20 Cabinet ministers - 18 from his United Democratic Front and two from other parties. Former President Kamuzu Banda’s Malawi Congress Party was not represented on the Cabinet.
William Lunguzi, the former inspector general of police, tried unsuccessfully to block police from voting in the May 17 election, and was considered a Banda supporter. Muluzi named Feyani Chikosa his new police chief.
Banda, the country’s only ruler since independence from Britain in 1964, was defeated in an election he agreed to hold only after anti-government rioting and a cutoff of Western aid.
Muluzi’s party won 84 seats in the 177-member Parliament, compared to 55 for Banda’s party and 36 for the Alliance for Democracy.