Civil society group wants Mera acting CEO out, threatens court action

Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) officials have asked the government to remove the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) acting chief executive officer Stain Ishmael Chioko out of office, saying he is connected to cashgate, abuse of public money.

Chioko: Acting CEO

Chioko: Acting CEO

Cedep executive director Gift Trepence said his organisation would drag Mera board to court if it fails to fire Chioko.

“Mr Chioko is a cashgate suspect. The board has also acknowledged this therefore we wonder why they suspended the chief executive (Ralph Kamoto] because of cashgate just to replace him with another cashgate suspect,” Trapence said.

He said Cedep has already contacted its lawyers on the issue.

“You fire a person [suspected] for abusing of public funds and you replace with another person answering the same charges,” he said.

Chioko, who was Mera’s director of legal services and company secretary,  was arrested for his role in the alleged transferring of properties belonging to former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo who, alongside his wife Thandizo.

He was charged with aiding and abetting a crime and money laundering in his capacity as chairperson of the board of trustees for the ironically named Good Deeds Trust currently under ACB probe.

Mera board officials were not avaiable for comment on the issue.

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7 thoughts on “Civil society group wants Mera acting CEO out, threatens court action”

  1. VYOTO says:

    INDEED, THE FISH ROTS FROM THE HEAD.WE HAVE A LOT OF TRUSTWORTHY LAWYERS OUT THERE, THEN ONE WONDERS WHY A CASH GATE SUSPECT IS STILL WORKING AT A GOVERNMENT AGENCY AND TO MAKE MATTERS WORSE EVEN GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO HEAD A GOVERNMENT AGENCY.AT 74 YEARS OF AGE, THE PROFESSOR PRESIDENT IS TOO TIRED TO MAKE ACCURATE DECISIONS, HE NEEDS TO RETIRE FOR MALAWI TO GET RID OF THE CORRUPT MINDED CHARACTERS IN GOVERNMENT MINISTRIES, DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES SUCH AS MERA.

  2. KALEBO says:

    THIS COUNTRY IS SICK

  3. Joseph Banda says:

    A Trapenze and sundries, ANY DIFFERENCE BETWEEN WHAT Chioko was accused of and Tukula the Director of Assets Declarations was accused before given the post? The difference is Chioko does not come from Ntcheu.

  4. Mandoza JJ says:

    Inu a Trapence muzikhaka ngati munapita ku school. Chioko is just a suspect and as such he enjoys freedom of employment just like any other citizen. Kamoto was suspended because he flouted MERA’s conditions of service. Tell me which conditions of service at MERA did CHIOKO flout. You people are just bitter because Chilima’s camp is failing to call the shots. Simunati. Mukumana nazo zowawa zambiri. Let Chioko from the Ung’onoung’ono camp have his day. Nsanje yanuyo simupindula nayo.

  5. be humane says:

    A Trapence sadziwa zinthu awa. Inu a Chaponda angokupangitsani kutukwanapo za zii. Taonani Mwatukwana kale a Trapence chilipo chimene chimene anachita cha nzeru pa Malawi ngai Civil Societ? Kapenatu nanunso a Chaponda mudakwatira mwamuna mzanu?

  6. Chikadza Kuwani says:

    Panopo ikufunika ndi uprising basi. Akutitengera ku mtoso anthu amenewa.

  7. This is bullshit, kodi iwe pitala umabwereranji ku Malawi

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