APM coy to endorse Judge Mkandawire for CoP job: Malawi to have permanent Clerk of Parliament

President Peter Mutharika has refused to endorse Speaker of Parliament, Richard Msowoya’s preferred candidate as new Clerk of Parliament (CoP),  Judge designated at Industrial court, Charles Ching’anya Mkandawire, demanding to see a report of interview  results, Nyasa Times understand.

Charles Mkandawire: PSC recommended his name for Presidential appointment

Charles Mkandawire: PSC recommended his name for Presidential appointment

The President is reportedly suspecting that a list of wrong candidates may have been sent to him to endorse.

The National Assembly is set to have a permanent CoP when President Mutharika approves the selection by the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC).

“The President doesn’t want to endorse something he doesn’t know. He knows the clerk of Parliament is a very important one and caution must be taken when appointing the person to occupy it. He wants the person that will be appointed to be picked on merit and not on favouritism, bias or nepotism,” Nyasa Times sources familiar with the matter said.

Mutharika wants to do the right thing by endorsing the candidate who did well in the interviews than the rest.

PSC is looking for a CoP who would be willing to work with all members of Parliament (MPs), motivate parliamentary service staff and develop and maintain good public relations.

On 5th October 2015, the Malawi National Assembly conducted interviews to fill for the vacant office of Clerk of Parliament and the Speaker said PSC processed the results to give the Head of State.

“As the law prescribes that the President will appoint [Clerk of Parliament] and when that appointment is made, I am sure the press would be told who the new CoP is,” said Msowoya.

Investigations by Nyasa Times has revealed that a week before the interviews the Speaker of Parliament, who is also vice president of the main opposition party MCP, had been posturing and lobbying for Justice Mkandawire.

The Speaker, who chairs PSC, together with the head of Human Resource at Parliament, Emmans Mwale are accused of tailor-making the interviews to suit Ching’anya and ensure that all the other candidates fail to secure the job.

Investigations into the matter indicate that the panel of interviewers included the Speaker, People’s Party (PP) vice president MP Ralph Jooma, MCP’s lawmaker Lingson Belekanyama, Parliament’s head of Human Resource Emmans Mwale, and experienced legal expert who is Supreme Court Judge, Anthony Kamanga.

Results of the interviews revealed Judge Charles Ching’anya Mkandawire came first out of the competitors, seconded by human rights lawyer, Grace Malera who is currently the executive secretary for Malawi Human Rights Commission and former director of Legal Aid in Malawi.

The Speaker is said to have orchestrated the unjust disqualification of some of Malawi’s most highly regarded lawyers and public servants with impeccable leadership track records; Fiona Kalemba (Chief Legislative Counsel at Ministry of Justice), Gertrude Hiwa (Law Commissioner), Grace Malera (Executive secretary for MHRC and former director of Legal Aid), Arthur Nanthuru (Former Chief State Advocate, former Legal Aid Advocate and former Commissioner of the Electoral Commission).

The other candidate was private practice lawyer and Football Association of Malawi Competitions Chairpersons, Jabber Alide.

Msowoya confirmed the position attracted several candidates—most of them well-known Malawians who want to associate themselves with the National Assembly.

There are fears of financial abuses at parliament and the appointment of new clerk will help to manage the situation.

According to Section 55 of the Constitution and Section 16 of the Parliamentary Service Act, the CoP is responsible for managing operations of Parliament, providing procedural advice on parliamentary laws to committees, among others.

While a CoP is appointed by the President following recommendations from the PSC, the clerk works under the direction of the Speaker.

Following the removal of Matilda Katopola in 2012, Roosevelt Gondwe was CoP in acting capacity for the past two years before his retirement earlier this year.

Katopola lost favour with MPs after she was alleged to have dubiously awarded a Parliament contract to her own company while enforcing strict financial discipline in the institution.

She was sent on forced leave in May 2012 before then president Joyce Banda recalled her a month later, but she refused and sued government for constructive dismissal to claim at least K500 million in damages.

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60 thoughts on “APM coy to endorse Judge Mkandawire for CoP job: Malawi to have permanent Clerk of Parliament”

  1. Chingwe cha mbuzi says:

    Komanso Atumbuka. Kodi ku Parliament mwayesa kosewera eti. Mkandawire to replace Gondwe.those interviewing are Msowoya, Kamanga, Mwale, mwenyeheli etc. Koma Mtumbuka Adzatheka?

  2. Every tym there z an appointment, ppo woll always think about the home district of the appointee, zonse akuyambisa akumopando nanga amene anaposa anzake wapezeka ndiye muchedwelanji

  3. why do atumbuka manyi fuss a lot all the time?

  4. atros says:

    Reminds me of the Jews, the more they were oppressed the more powerful they became. Mtumbuka simuzamutha .Guess why . Because Mtumbuka was created by God not himself therefore you despise God’s creation , you despise God himself

  5. mula says:

    Mabook basi.Thats why zinthu sizikuyenda because fans yomwe imasankhidwa ndiyopanda mabook.Koma judge samanama.

  6. Fwangalubiro says:

    Just pick Nanthuru a president savuta kuvomereza

  7. DEAN says:

    THIS IS YOUR PROBLEM, FEAR FEAR NO WONDER YOUR MALAWI IS IN TATTERS. WHEN IT IS A NORTHENER FOR THE JOB YOU FLOWN AND START IMMEDIATELY START DECAMPAIGN NEXT TIME DZIKO LANU LIDZAKHALA MSANZA KENAKO NTHAWI IFIKA PAMENE NAFENSO TIDZAKHALE NDI LATHU UTSIRUWU UDZATHANSO. TABAIMANI MUTOPA NDI KUPONDEREZA

  8. Bebvu says:

    Peter is very undecisive. When he is given advice against his gut feeling, he gets confused as he does not what to do. In the end he just hangs on the fence.

    For example, he was given names of judges to appoint two months ago. Someone went to tell him that if he appoints new judges, the judiciary has planned to allocate them to cashgate cases to speed them up and it will easily get to the 577 Bn. So he is scared of that and has ended not appointing anyone. How long will he sit on the fence and not make a decision?

  9. Brino says:

    There are more educated people in the north that is why you are crying. Merit at its best mukudandaulanso.

  10. becks says:

    Kodi inuyo tiuzeni mukufuna ndani kuti akhale COP. Interview ndichotu sizingatheke onse kupambana position ili imodzi yokha. Zausiru basi

  11. Munyane says:

    This position can only be held by a lomwe as far as the president is concerned.stop accusing tumbukas for nothing.someone once said Malawi is not leady for a female president did she not rule us.stop this hate for tumbukas.learn to love your neighbour.

  12. Mavipatako says:

    Well sponsored article against Mkandawire and Msowoya, but you will fail, God is watching you.

  13. Kumalide says:

    GEFFREY BANDA BROTHER TO HENLEY CHIMUNTHU BANDA NAYESO WALEMBA ATUMBUKA OKHA OKHA KUNO KU ZAMBIA,MALAWI EMBASSY. HE HAS BEEN HERE FOR OVER 20 YEARS IS THIS LIFE EMPLOYMENT OR POSTING.

  14. Zambia says:

    THIS TRIBE IS A BIG PROBLEM WORLD WIDE AND IN OTHER COUNTRIES THEY ARE CALLED MATUTSI.SEE WHAT GEFFREY BANDA AT EMBASSY IN ZAMBIA POSTED THERE BY HENRLY CHIMUNTHU BANDA 20 YEARS AGO AND INSTEAD OF SELLING MALAWI HE IS ALWAYS DRUNK AND HAS BACKED THE WHOLE VILLAGE OF HIS HOME NKHOTA KOTA NOT REAL HOME BUT NKHATA BAY IN ALL SECTIONS. MY QUESTION IS THAT IS THAT POSTING FOR HIS LIFE? THE BOY IS JUST TOO USELESS.THIS REMINDS ME ANOTHER GUY IN MALAWI WHOM I WORKED TOGETHER WITH AT CAPITAL HILL RESIDENT AT AREA 10 MTUMBUKA WACHABE CHABE WHO ONLY BELIEVES IN GETTING JOBS IN THE GOVT THROUGH HIS STEP BROTHER A FORMER IMF VERY POMPUS AND POSE TO EVERYONE AS IF HE EVEN WENT TO COLLEGE, GALU WACHABECHABE.I AM INDEED LOMWE FROM SOUTHERN PART OF MALAWI BUT I HAVE VERY GOOD QUALIFICATION THAN HIM AND HE WANTED TO CONTROL ME IN THE OFFICE, THAT IS THE WORK OF MTUMBUKA.

  15. Kununkha says:

    I agree with many writers in this column citing an example of TOTAL COMPANY( MALAWI) LIMITED head office there are all over TUMBUKAS in all heads of Departments such as MSIMUKO, NYIRENDA, GONDWE, NYASULU, SIBANDE, NKHATA,NYIRONGO, MZUMALA,BANDA,MSISKA,VINKHUMBO,MKANDAWIRE,MWANYONGO, NKHWAZI,KADOS,MUGHOGHO and the list is endless AND MKAMANGA is the engineer of all such employment him being second in command at the Company. The Indians who owns the company do not know that this company so called TOTAL is a family business from the Northern part of Malawi. In case you find a chewa woman it means she slept with one of the guys named above and backed her in the interviews and the same if a chewa man picked up employment it means that either he used her mother or sister to sleep with one of the bosses here.KULI NYASI KUNO KWAMBIRI A MALAWI MTUNDU WONUNKHA UWU.
    Even when the time comes for promotions the whole management backs their fellow TUMBUKAS whether you have better qualifications of the land and in the morning when you are entering the office you will be shocked a lot of noise like MATOLE A NG’OMBE “MAKOLA, MAKOLA, NTHEULA NADI” Kaya ndiye chiyani kaya.KOMANSO AMAKWERANANSO OKHA OKHA KUTI KODI ARE THESE NOT YOUR SISTERS? I have on many times told my husband that please can resign because kuli NYASI UKU! WAIT UNTIL YOU GET ANOTHER EMPLOYMENT.

  16. Precious says:

    A wise mind will see that this reporter has a clandestine agenda. She should know that there is a God out there to whom she shall account for the crime of hate.

    The problem here is only because the candidate whp passed is a northerner – fullstop. So the tribalistic president and many of his followers ate not happy!

    With this kind of mindset, forget about Malawi moving from its position as the poorest country in the whole whole world.

  17. ngerengere says:

    Malawi would be the best place to live if it had no selfish tribe of tumbukas but thank LOrd they will never rule this country aunjikana ma company momwemo

    1. Tiyanjane says:

      Ngerengere @ 43

      …….’aunjikana muma company koma sazalamulila’. I hope Ngerengere understands the indespensable role of companies in creating wealth for the nation! Need I explain any further?

  18. Mcp says:

    Belekanyama is not a member of PSC therefore henot on the intreview bord of said COP

  19. mwachaje says:

    BVUTO LA MALAWI ndiloti ambilife timaganiza kuti anthu a mtundu wathu, kapena chipani chathu, kapena tchalitchi chathu ndiye amene amatha nchito. Mapeto ake timafuna kulembana ntchito tokha tokha opanda manyazi ngakhale chikumbumtima.
    KODI ABALE KU CENTRAL REGION KULIBE ANTHU? CHECK THE THREE TOP PARLIAMENTARY POSITIONS?

  20. Munthu wa munthu says:

    people need to have manners just this simple issue of clerk of parliament basi kutukwana ee what do you benefit its a national cake which everybody will benefit dzuka Malawi dzuka No. 31 Murupale akulu mabvuto nchani zomwezi za CoP kapena zinazake

  21. PM says:

    Gladys Chingaipe has a pattern of reporting, and this report is no exception. He twists language and facts to portray a picture that she believes will raise emotions of the people. There is a motive she is pursuing. But it is a destructive approach. Let the commission reveal the results

  22. Mulhomwe Wankulu says:

    No 31, wati ndiwe Murupale, ndili ndichikhulupiliro chonse kuti komwe uliko ukuchita manyazi ndizomwe watukwanazi……..ngati ndiwe munthu amene unabadwa kuchokela kwa Bambo ndi Mayi. Pali chifukwa chotukwanila apa??? Pamene ukutchulapo ndipomwe Mayi ako anakutulutsila iweyo ngati sukudziwa. Nde taganiza m’mene palili pa Mayi ako……ukumva bwa komwe uliko????

  23. Napwito says:

    Alomwe anzanga sukuku tayidziwa mochedwa. Atumbuka amawoneka ngati asankho koma it’s because iwowo alipo ophunzira ambiri. Tiyeni nafe tilimbikile sukulu.

    Cabinet ili ndi atumbuka angati? Peter akanakhala mtumbuka bwezi titatokota eeeh….kuti wasankha abale ake okha okha!

  24. Pwiya wa Pwiya says:

    Let Parliamentary Commission come out with the original scores for this interview for transparency sake to do away with issue of suspicion. Again, the allegation I read in this article concerning the baseless disqualification of others is quiet unfortunate. It might have been a plan to deliberately pave way for one individual to take it. Lol Malawi with Msowoya? Notice the panel composition, technical members all from the North, mmm tikuvulalila mkati abale ……

  25. Zapayeke says:

    Ambwenu mbwenu amenewo, thats all they no, no wonder they cry foul to any appointment that is not a tumbuka appointment because of nepotism. we shall never allow you to rule in Malawi, mulibe manyazi!

  26. kennzo says:

    peter our of all people? rubbish, we all know he will pick someone stupt as he is. Noone beleive that he chose someone on merit, keep on fooling yourself justis shall prevail one day.

  27. The Truth says:

    As confusing as this sits, we all know what the back story here is. I am interested in knowing who has concluded their cases in court this year and how many cases as per how many cases sitted on their tables. Again, if you want a specific person why call for interviews? and for those concerned about him going to Namibia, not like he went to exile…he was on a diplomatic mission. I really think people have to get honest and stop hating on the advancement of others. Luckily, an opinion is not a fact.

  28. master says:

    registrar of SADC Tribunal based in Bostwana for 10 yrs , and u say he is not qualified, infact he is more experienced than all those who came for interviews, mukunena chani apa, mukunena director wa MHRC cna match someone who was managing the whole SADC , besides that he was a judge in malwi for another 12 yrs b4 going to Bostwana mukunena chnai agalu inu, “training is good but there is no substitute for experience” by DENNIS BROWN

  29. murupale says:

    Mtumbuka sazatheka.This is stupid,selfish, nepotism and uchindere wakufikapo..Big up mr president and dont dare to even look at the proposal again..let this stupid cochroach know that mcp lost elections and u r the head of state…Mkandawire ndiye kuti chani.?U r abig fool!…kuda ngati kumpheto…mtumbuka pamnyero pako ….Anthu oipa ndi mtima omwe mwagwa nayo kkkkk..mnyero…

  30. Sapitwa says:

    Kutseweretsa u Judge. Ma Judge ache pa zedi inu koma mukufuna u kalaliki wa nyumba ya malamulo. U jadge wanuwu mwati ndi ujagdidi?

  31. Go to Nyika says:

    Atumbuka and tribalism. They do that all the time even at department in Universities. Select weak candidates for interview from south or center and strong ones from north. Feed the candidate with questions in advance. Ensure interview pannel has more northerners, this may involve change interview dates to make sure it favors them. People from south and center who think northers are people to trust or work with are complete fools, they do not know how these people are.

  32. Professor LUKA TCHOKA. CHIEF wa aKweri says:

    Mesa a Pitara and DPP are nepotism, tribalism and regionalism gladiators. Kkkkkkk a Pitara ……f….ked person. Dont cheat us. Anakakhala mulhomwe unakanena zimenezo Pitara mxiiiiii

  33. Nyamazi says:

    If the said candidate was from the Lomwe belt, you fools would have remained quiet.
    Truth will out.

  34. Wakyala says:

    Secession please. Lets break up this country and let the north secede. Basi rather than subjecting northerners to unfair treatment, treating northernes like lesser people than others

  35. Sapitwa says:

    When things come up to this level, then the process becomes null and void. A new well represented panel excluding individuals of the previous panel should be appointed for fresh interviews. All candidates that previously applied should reapply including new ones through a new advert. There will be unsuspected outcome.

  36. Kambumtu says:

    WE DONT WANT ANY MORE MTUMBUKA AT PARLIAMENT AS CLERK AGAIN THESE ARE THIEVES AND THEY FAVOUR THEMSELVES MOST OF THE TIME. NO MTUMBUKA WE WANT TYPICALLY M’CHEWA BASI PREFERABLY FROM THE CENTRAL REGION. LOMWES AND TUMBUKAS ARE GREAT THIEVES IN MALAWI AND HAVE SPREADED WRONG SIGNALS TO THE WORLD ON GATE BASE ISSUE AND THIS IS WHY MANY MALAWIANS ARE SUFFERING NOW.

  37. Exiled Soul's says:

    While we all aspire and wish that key government appointment are done on merit the media houses are responsible to highlight both sides of the story fairly,this article is unfairly written to me coz it has been constructed to show favouritism and nepotism by the speaker of parliament,simple questions needs to be asked. Does Mr Mkandawile have the right qualifications and experience for the job,why don’t you mention it in your article while you have highlighted the other ones. You paint Mr Mkandawile as a farm boy who is getting the job coz he comes from the same region as the speaker, that sows confusion and hatred among the readers

  38. Bullying star says:

    Those of us that work at Parliament know that Msowoya barred his deputy speakers to gang up with Parliamentary service to advance the agenda of Msowoya as a person. We are happy that some one within the EXecutive saw this and decided to stop it. infact here at Parlaimnt the speaker through his Personal assistant Kayira are terrorizing us. We believe the president should make sure that whoever is coming in as COP should work with everyone and not advance personal agendas

  39. nachisale says:

    We need a woman Clerk of Parliament. Please, APM endorse Grace Malera or one of the other ladies. Speaker Msowoya has shown all his dirty colours – nepotism and extravagance. MCP is full of shite not representing change.

  40. katakwe says:

    Issues are now adding up. The Prados and VXs for Msowoya; bad blood between Msowoya and his deputies; Composition of the Panel; prefered candidate as Mkandawire! Atumbuka sazatheka. Panel yakenso ya PP and MCP

  41. nellia butaoMartha Chombo says:

    PETER CHOKERA UKO UFUNA UKATENGE NYAPAPI WAKWA GOLIATI MDALA OPANDA MANU MUKAMWA KHALA CHETE WAGWA NAYO

  42. Mkwapu says:

    A mkandawire is most qualified person

  43. chatonda says:

    Many of you are speaking because you do not know Charles Mkandawire. He was the head of all judges the whole SADC Region in Botswana for over 10 years after being a Judge of the High Court in Malawi for many years. There is no body highly qualified than Charles Mkandawire. He comes from NkhataBay and not where Msowoya comes from. He is the most experienced and qualified than any of the others on the list, truth be known.

  44. Patriot says:

    The Puppet president is controled by:
    Ben 10,
    Chaponda and
    Dausi

  45. Moni says:

    Parliament had CoP Roosevelt Gondwe since Dr. Banda’s time in Zomba When Speaker of National Assembly was also a Northerner late Rodwell Munyenyembe. When a non Northerner came onto the seat, she didn’t stay long as all sorts of unverified allegations was leveled against her. I think the two former Northerners Munyenyembe and Gondwe hired mostly Northerners in this house as supporting staff members, hence Katopola found it tough to lead them and they did everything possible to cook up stories for her removal, so that their fellow Northerner should come in. It was all rosy when Gondwe came back. But we as a nation, shouldn’t condone this nepotism tendency. Parliament isn’t for Northerners only to head it, there’re also other capable people who can lead parliament form other regions. I hope the president won’t be pressurised to accept this nepotism. I’m sure Jaba Alide is better suited than this Mkandawire guy. They will make noise as per their character, but it doesn’t matter, we’re all Malawians, and shouldn’t be under ransom with these nepotism Northerners.

  46. Mbiyazodooka says:

    Surely someone who has been Registrar of the SADC Tribunal cannot be said to be less qualified. Mkandawire is more capable than the rest of competitors regardless of where he comes from. If experience was to be a proper yardstick, how on earth would Malera come second beating the seasoned gurus like Hiwa, Kalemba, etc.

  47. Patrick Phiri says:

    Look at the composition of the interview panel – either northerner or opposition. Who chose them? Why is there no MP from the ruling party? Definitely, something fishy..

  48. Gwenge says:

    This Mkandawire guy just uses the “tag ” of a judge for his selfish reasons but doesn’t want to do the actual judicial work. The moment he was appointed judge, he left his post and went to Namibia. When his contract ended there, he came back to Malawi last year and hiding under the tag of a judge, he was posted at the High Court in Lilongwe. He hardly concluded any case as he was always on the plane gracing workshops outside the country. Now he wants to work as Clerk of Parliament? Why doesn’t this guy want to do his core judicial work as judge? Let him resign as judge and not just use the judiciary for his selfish ends

  49. Ndani says:

    Koma atumbuka ku parliament ku ndiye mwakuonereratu. Mungotutana basi? Mwauponda

  50. peter says:

    This is the same man who shamelessly approved MHRC commissioners even though the process did not consider all legal provisions with regard to women involvement, or should we say that he has leant a good one and does not want to goof on this issue?

  51. mlomwe mnzanga says:

    a msowoya apa ndiye mwanya nayo mungotengana atumbuka nokhanokha agalu mwagwa nayo mufuna muzingogulabe magalimoto ama 300M anyapapi tiika mulomwe pamenepo muonanso

  52. drogba says:

    kkkkkk waiwerenga APM kuti paja atumbuka akakhala pamaloo kkkkkk the whole organization is full of ambwenumbwenus. wakwithu wakwithu. msowoya-mkandawire-nyarenda-kondowe mpaka okolopa mu toilet nyasuruu kkkkkk

  53. Wa Nzeru Wa Kummawa says:

    Was Matilda paid all that money?

  54. Moyenda says:

    A cancerous problem in Malawi this one. Gladys, who did you or your sponsor want to be CoP? This article is tastes like malicious gossip and suggests that Msowoya is nepotistic and that judge Mkandawire is not the most qualified person for the job. One can only surmise that the real reason behind it is that Mkandawire’s name sounds like it is from the North and Msowoya is from the North as well. “Tose tikhale chete, tikhale chete, chete, chete! Tileke kusankhana mitundu…” (Mama NyaJere). “Titemwanenge; tili wamoza pera.” (Chimwemwe Mhango)

  55. Pachilambo Usauchi says:

    Anthu a ku mpoto kukonderana kwambiri inu !!!!!

  56. SONG says:

    Because he comes from north but if it was a lomweh could be immediately appointed to frustrate operations of parliament. You are floating, Mkandawire takes the job basi.

  57. Malawiyano says:

    Nepotistic government at its best.

  58. Akatswiri says:

    MCC Mkandawire is the right candidate, so dont just pick inorder to frustrate the process of the interview.

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