Controversy over new Macra chair appointment

There is controversy over the recent appointment of Mervis Mangulenje as Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) board chairperson as the appointment is said not to have the blessings of President Peter Mutharika.

Mrs Mangulenje: Appointed new chair of Macra in controversial circumstances

Mrs Mangulenje: Appointed new chair of Macra in controversial circumstances

Nyasa Times sources can reveal  Mutharika has since summoned officials from Statutory Corporation and Office of the President and Cabinet to explain how Mangulenje was confirmed as Chairperson without his knowledge.

Macra on its website – -posted an announcement of Mangulenje’s appointment with effect from February 5, 2016 but there are instructions from State House to take down the announcement ‘until all the approvals are done’.

“The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Mervis Mangulenje as Board Chairperson of the Authority with effect from February 5, 2016.

“Ms Mangulenje replaces the late Mrs. Alissa Makawa who passed away in October 2015. The Authority also welcomes the appointment of Mr. Sheend Mwala as Director of the board,” reads the statement in part.

The statement was expected to be flighted as a full page advert in the country’s two newspapers, The Daily Times and The Nation but Macra has been advised to put it on hold.

“The communication we have received is that we cannot make public these appointments because they have not been gazetted,” said an officer from Macra who spoke on condition of anonymity.

But Nyasa Times understand that President Mutharika was of the view that ‘there is too much childishness’ at Macra and that there was need to get ‘someone serious’ to head the authority.

Recently, government swapped Godfrey Itaye, former Postmaster General with Andrew Kumbatira who was Director General at Macra for less than a year.

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Mulakho wa Mervis

Mayi uyu ma dealings ache ndi odzera njira za mumdima. Zosasilirika olo pang’ono. Zithumwa ziri thoo mchikwamamo!!

Joyce Makunganya

Whatever you acquire by unholy means, Mervis, is not blessed by our Lord and therefore all fruits that come whenceforth shall be in vain!! Just some words of wisdom for you to ponder, if you even have time for prayer……


Kodi anthu mutodabwa ndi Mervis eeeeh! Iyeyutu amadziwikanso ndi dzina loti palowa ina. Akafuna kanthu sasankha ayi, she will sleep with anyone or go to any length to get it. Nde zamayi uyu. Wina anatofunsa kuti kodi che Mervis sindikuonani ku St Columbas masiku ano, m’mapemphera kuti. Ku St Columba anachotsedwatu mu mpingo chifukwa cha uhule. Nkana saonekako masiku ano.


God hears the cry of the people.Mervis ndi hule.Atatha kuphubzitsidwa kuphunzitsidwa school do mr Makunganya,anawathamangitsa chifukwa chonyengana ndi Muhara.Anayamba ntchito Ku MSB opanda interview chifukwa cha uhule.lmagine at43yrs kubereka mwana wa pathengo.Ali ndi Ana 4 with different fathers.pano akunyengana ndi PS wins wake.Munthu ngati uyu angachite lead abig organization like Macra?Ai Mayiyu ndi hule


Slander slander ndiye kodi ma haters mwapindulanji?


This woman goes way up smiling while people she passes cries!Its not fair.I have in mind her ex husband who paid all her school fees and took her to the top then she dumped while he cried.I have in mind the Judges wife who cries while she smiles holding the judges child.Now she is going up while other are bruising..Why why?Iam a woman and i believe women should make it and not tear it.Search your soul madam.This is the world.


Akufuna ayike Mlomwe nzake alomwe kuzikonda bwanji?


Mutu wa nkhani ndi woti walepheretsa anthu kuba ndiye akuika damage. Koma she’s from the private sector and she knows her job very well. Anthu amene mukulemba zoipanu simunatope kulemba nyansi zanuzo? Are you satisfied now? Mwamukweza kwabasi mzimaiyu and I’m glad kuti simugona naye tulo!! Mervis yemweyo kuti wa wa wa!!


After all is said and done, integrity is a very important attribute in these crucial appointments. We need people who can offer value and be trusted in whatever they are doing. This woman is very far from that. Take time and make your own investigations. Believe me you will not have to go far. Childishness ikunenedwayo muyimvetsanso!! You want to take chances, then go ahead.


She is an extremely manipulative woman. Inu simukudabwa, an appointment being made all the way without following procedure? munaziona kuti?

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