2 Malawi polls Commissioners hold two public offices: Mutharika says ‘they are not breaking any law’

Two Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioners are holding two public offices in essence getting two public salaries a month from the same government account number one and an expert says the situation is confusing but should be rectified.

Commissioner Mrs Jean Mathanga: Enjoying two public offices

Commissioner Mrs Jean Mathanga: Enjoying two public offices

Commissioner for Elections Jean Mathanga is also chairman of  power utility provider Escom whilst another commissioner Moffat Banda is also chairman of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation.

President Peter Mutharika has however backed the situation, saying they are not breaking the law, according Dr. Bright Molande as his Director of Communications at the State House.

But political and social commentator Blessings Chinsinga says although this is not in conflict with the law, this can cause conflict of interest.

“The job at MEC was conceived as a part time job, the commissioners sre at liberty to pick up other job, do their own things but the way things are now, the commissioners need to be at MEC offices full time if we are to have fair and credible elections,” said Chinsinga.

He said its high time the MEC policy was reviewed and make the commissioners work full time if they are to deliver a credible election.

The MEC commissioners get huge monthly allowances from MEC so too when they are out of their duty station.

Namathanga and Moffat Banda, blue eyed boys of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party also get huge allowances when they sit on their respective board meetibngs or perform duties of their respective parastatals.

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Mika Kumbire
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Mika Kumbire
15 days 13 hours ago
You are right “Be Humane” Nyasa seems to be bent on misinformation in favour of certain people these days. During Kamuzu multiplicity of Board positions was being used as a cost cutting measure. For example at ADMARC – Chairman was Barron – He used to buy his own airtickets, and was also using his own transport and paying his own accommodation while in Blantyre, He never used to accept the sitting allowances. Governor of Reserve Bank was not receiving allowances by virtue of being head of another public institution. ADC Chilembwe was not getting allowances by virtue of being chairman… Read more »
Central
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Central
15 days 7 hours ago

Kamuzu was using the old Constitution, now we are using the revised one!! Why do you want the current govt to use Kamuzu time constitution? Why was it revised? You are senseless……………!!

Tadala Themba
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Tadala Themba
15 days 15 hours ago

Kodi anthu atha mdziko muno kapena iwowa ndi ma katakwa kuposa onse oti zomwe amapangazo anzawo sangathe

Karrim
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Karrim
15 days 15 hours ago

By saying, “they now get two public salaries a month”, are Board members salaried? If so, why should we be concerned now when all along we have had several public servants as Board members for the various parastatals (others on more than one Board: ST, by virtue of his position, is a very good example….

opposition
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opposition
15 days 13 hours ago

These civil servants do not get paid for being on parastatal boards. They are only re-imbursed expenses. Therefore, Namathanga and Banda should not get sitting allowances on their respective boards.

Zinziri
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Zinziri
15 days 14 hours ago

Wina atayankha ine sindidziphaaaaaah!!!!!

chimzimu Chonyasa
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15 days 16 hours ago

Governing by trial and error KKKKKKKK

be humane
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be humane
15 days 16 hours ago
Nyasa, the untold part of this story, is it only these two who get huge allowances or its every commissioner? Let’s see where the problem is. That Scenario is not at MEC only. Do they get salary or honorarium? paja Nyasa nthawi zina zinthuzi zimakuvutani. You get salary on one job and honorarium on the other. Enlighten us. The way forward is what that political analyst said. Musadane nawo anthuwa kuti ndi a DPP becuase MEC Commissioners are selected also from parties meaning ma Commissioner a MCP Chipani chanu alikonso. So party affiliation here is not an issue. What is… Read more »
Tsetse
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Tsetse
15 days 14 hours ago

Who told you Nyasatimes is for MCP – just because they stand for the truth and the poor? That they stand against the crooks of DPP? You can not be at the MEC and also be controlling a public broadcaster – running on tax-payers / my tax money! Also know that this MEC is full of DPP unlike the one Joyce Banda put in place – the crroks just want to reap us all over – the poorest country they are failing even to lead

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