Patricia Kaliati

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Patricia Kaliati MP
Member of Parliament Mulanje West
Assumed office
19 May 1999
Minister of Information and Tourism
In office
May 2007 – May 2009
President Bingu wa Mutharika
Minister of Gender, Children and Community Development
In office
15 June 2009 – 9 August 2010
President Bingu wa Mutharika
Minister of Information and Civic Education
In office
11 September 2011 – 10 April 2012
President Bingu wa Mutharika
Succeeded by Moses Kunkuyu
Personal details
Born 1967
Nationality Malawian
Political party Democratic Progressive Party (2005-now)
United Democratic Front (pre-2005)
Children 4
Alma mater Bembeke Teachers College
Occupation Politician
Profession Teacher
Religion Roman Catholic

Patricia Annie Kaliati is a Malawian politician and former educator who has held various ministerial positions in the Cabinet of Malawi.

Early life and education[edit]

Patricia Kaliati was born in 1967 in the village Nkando, Mulanje, Southern Region, Malawi. She trained as a teacher in 1988 receiving a Primary School Teaching Certificate from Bembeke Teachers College and later obtained a Diploma in Human Resource Management. Upon completion of her formal education, she taught in primary and secondary schools from 1993 to 1999.[1] She is a staunch Catholic.[citation needed]

Political career[edit]

In the 1999 general election Patricia Kaliati was elected Member of Parliament for Mulanje West Constituency on a United Democratic Front ticket, a position she continues to hold.[2] In 2000 she was appointed Deputy Minister of Health to the Bakili Muluzi administration. Kaliati was then shuffled to Deputy Minister of National Public Events (2002–2004) and then Deputy Minister of Local Government. She was re-elected in 2004 and was appointed Minister of Information and Tourism, renamed Minister of Information and Civic Education in May 2007, holding that position until May 2009.[3]

In the May 2009 elections Patricia Kaliati was again elected on the Democratic Progressive Party ticket.[4] Kaliati was appointed Minister of Gender, Children and Community Development in the cabinet that became effective on 15 June 2009.[5] She was dropped from the cabinet on 9 August 2010.[6] She was appointed Minister of Information and Civic Education in September 2011.[7]


Kaliati has been an outspoken and controversial member of the cabinet.[7] In February 2012 Kaliati condemned the Weekend Times tabloid for its page 8 "Action Girl", which she described as pornographic and misogynistic.[8] In March 2012 she was accused of threatening a journalist who had written an article critical of her performance in the cabinet.[9] After the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika, she was involved in a constitutional crisis in Malawi and was dubbed as one of the 'midnight six'. President wa Mutharika died on April 5, 2012 and there was an attempted constitutional coup that she is connected to. On 6 April 2012 Kaliati addressed a press conference as government spokesperson, She said "Honourable Joyce Banda is not eligible to take over the leadership of this country because she formed her own party".[10] Joyce Banda was sworn in as President the next day.[11]

Personal life[edit]

As of 2009 Patricia Kaliati was married with four children.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Biography for Patricia Kaliati". SiloBreaker. Jan 15, 2009. Retrieved 2012-04-09. 
  2. ^ "Hon. P. A. Kaliati - Mulanje - West". Parliament of Malawi. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  3. ^ "Cabinet Profiles - June 2010". Best of Malawi. Retrieved 2011-03-05. 
  4. ^ "Malawi Election 2009 Results". African Elections Project. Retrieved 2011-03-04. 
  5. ^ "Malawi's 43 member cabinet list as unveiled by President Mutharika". Nyasa Times. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  6. ^ "MALAWI CABINET AS OF AUGUST 9, 2010" (PDF). Government of Malawi. Retrieved 2011-03-03. 
  7. ^ a b Jailos Majamanda (7 September 2011). "President Mutharika appoints new cabinet ministers". Malawi Today. Retrieved 2012-03-06. 
  8. ^ Judith Moyo (February 21, 2012). "Kaliati wants ban on 'sexualized' Action Girl images". Nyasa Times. Retrieved 2012-04-08. 
  9. ^ "Minister Kaliati threatens journalist Gondwe - Misa Malawi". Nyasa Times. Retrieved March 6, 2012. 
  10. ^ REX CHIKOKO (April 7, 2012). "Vice President ineligible - Malawi Cabinet". Africa Review. Retrieved 2012-04-08. 
  11. ^ "Joyce Banda sworn in as new Malawi president". BBC News. 7 April 2012. Retrieved 2012-04-08.