Ken Kandodo

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Ken Kandodo
Minister of Finance
In office
15 June 2009 – 8 September 2011
President Bingu wa Mutharika
Preceded by Goodall Gondwe
Succeeded by Ken Lipenga
Member of Parliament Kasungu Central
Assumed office
19 May 2009
Personal details
Nationality Malawian
Political party Democratic Progressive Party
Relations Hastings Banda
Alma mater University of Malawi, University of Strathclyde
Occupation Politician
(MP, Cabinet minister)
Profession Accountant

Ken Kandodo is a Financial Manager, MP and politician who was appointed Malawi's Minister of Finance on 15 June 2009.[1] As of 8 September 2011, he is no longer finance Minister in Malawi due to the reshuffle in the Cabinet of Malawi. Kandodo is a grand nephew of former president Hastings Banda. He is a Chewa from the midlands of Malawi.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

He attended the University of Malawi, graduating in 1983 with a BSc in Social Science, majoring in economics. He attended the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, where he obtained an MBA degree in Finance. He worked as an Auditor with KPMG for ten years in the United Kingdom, Malawi and Mozambique. He was appointed a lead Consultant for UNICEF, holding this position for six years. He was UNICEF's Lead Consultant in a project in Mozambique to develop financial systems for managing the HIV/AIDS Common Fund. Before being elected to parliament, Kandodo was Chairperson of the Lilongwe Water Board and the National Food Reserve Agency.[1]

Political career[edit]

Kandodo became a senior member of the Malawi Congress Party. In 2006 he joined the Democratic Progressive Party.[2] Kandodo was elected Member of Parliament for Kasungu Central in May 2009.[1] He was appointed Minister of Finance on 15 June 2009, replacing Goodall Gondwe.[3] Ken Kandodo introduced the unpopular Zero Deficit Budget in Malawi in 2011 under the Bingu wa Mutharika administration. This was an unpopular bill during a time of economic crisis in Malawi that lead to unprecedented levels of fuel shortage, forex exchange and general economic mismanagement.[4] This led to the nationwide economic based July, 20th 2011 Malawi protests.[4] Kandodo was replaced after 2 months after the protests by Ken Lipenga as part of the Cabinet reshuffle that occurred on 8 September 2011.[4]


He is sponsor of the Ken Kandodo Trophy, which presents awards to soccer and netball teams in and around Kasungu.[5]


In 1991, he married Monica Kandodo (née Chavula) a chartered quantity surveyor and have two daughters together, namely Esnath and Matilda Kandodo.

His cousin, Jane Dzanjalimodzi, was appointed First Secretary to the Malawi Mission in Egypt in November 2010.[6]


  1. ^ a b c "Minister of Finance - Honourable Ken Kandodo (MP)". Malawi Ministry of Finance. Retrieved 2010-03-03. 
  2. ^ a b "Politics since Independence". Malawi MurphC. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  3. ^ "Malawi appoints Ken Kandodo as finance minister". London South East. 17 Jun 2009. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
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  5. ^ Christopher Jimu (30 November 2010). "KA Medicals lift K2.5 million Kan Kandodo Trophy". The Nation. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  6. ^ Abel Wezzi (22 November 2010). "Dzanjalimodzi given diplomatic post". Maravi Post. Archived from the original on 14 March 2011. Retrieved 2011-03-03.