LILONGWE (Muchanakhwaye Khwepeya, Malawi NewsNow ) –President Peter Mutharika has appointed Mr Aggrey Massi as Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development with immediate effect.

This effectively means the President remains Acting Minister of Agriculture, after he fired Dr George Chaponda two weeks ago.

This has been disclosed a statement from the Officer of the President and Cabinet (OPC) signed by Chief Secretary to the President Mr Lloyd  Muhara.

President Mutharika fired Dr Chaponda over maize-gate scandal.In his announcements, Mutharika said all matters relating to the Ministry of Agriculture should be referred to him.