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 – www.macra.org.mw -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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40 thoughts on “Controversy over new Macra chair appointment”

  1. Mulakho wa Mervis says:

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

  2. Joyce Makunganya says:

    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……

  3. Nangondo says:

    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.

  4. Mwikho says:

    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

  5. chimz says:

    Slander slander ndiye kodi ma haters mwapindulanji?

  6. Nama says:

    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.

  7. Mlomwe says:

    Akufuna ayike Mlomwe nzake alomwe kuzikonda bwanji?

  8. Wozitsata says:

    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!!

  9. Khonyongwa says:

    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.

  10. kamasa says:

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

  11. Chingwe cha mbuzi says:

    Mervis please shake up MACRA. Do not relent. Mbava zi ma director makamaka uyu lawyer wa chibwana yo.

  12. Nyamakumutu says:

    She is beautiful

  13. Kumtobiri says:

    MERVIS MANGULENJE I LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND YOUR APPOINTMENT IS A BLESSING FROM ME AND NEVER SMILE AT ANYONE THERE AT MACRA AS YOU HAVE ALREADY HEARD THAT THERE IS TOO MUCH CHILDISH. KODI UKUPEMPHERA KUTI MASIKU ANO FOR I DONT SEE YOU AT ST COLUMBA ONLY YOUR MOTHER. GOOD LUCKY MERV

  14. I love Malawi says:

    They don’t want her because she is a tough lady. She doesn’t like the stupid and rotten activities happening at Macra ndiye akumuwopa. Mwagwa nayo. Koma mukanakhala inu ndiye Mr President akanadziwa?

  15. Kangaude says:

    koma zoona a President, zinazi kumaona. That is a very crucial institution for the country. How can somebody play his tricks and slot in someone without your knowledge. A PS zoona if you want to please your girlfriend, give her something personal not Govt position. Muupondatu apa. Be responsible.\!!

  16. Themba says:

    If she can do the job well, no problem.

  17. Potifala says:

    IIII Amalawi we can do better. Hule ameneyo asatitayitse nthawi. She has “slept” her way through to that position ngati simukumudziwa. That is nonsense.

  18. Koma kumeneko says:

    komatu MACRA nde inawoola. Right from the top maaabi okha okha nde bolanso Nsaliwa kapena Namanja ndithu koma izi zikubwela masiku ano pa macra hhhhhh Lord have mercy akuti kaya Itaye. Umunthu zero pa ten ndinena pano ali kunja for 3 weeks. Aboma kodi mumatani inu maka a President zinthuzi simumawona kodi mumapusitsika ndi chani? Malawi seem too big for you Mr President you are failing to manage ndithu. Put your house in order please. Let a mature and sensible person lead that organization. Nde tamva za Kingsley Namakhwa kuti naye akupita konko ngati Communications Officer chonsecho alipo kale ma Communications Officer atatu in that small organization Namakhwa akhala wachi four from a Ministerial post zamanyazi. koma kuli Human Resource planning ku macra kapena aliyense atha kupitako? Aliyense wa boma wasowa malo go konko ndizitsiru zomwe. Koma nyatwa adaaaaaa

  19. NkhataBay says:

    A well deserved appointment to a well deserved lady. Well spoken, diligent and with a sober mind. I am hopeful that this time around Macra’s captain-ship will be in good hands.
    Ooops, ndinayiwala, mayi’yu book’nso anatafuna bwino. Well done Ms Mangulenje!

  20. Njovuyalema says:

    Mr. President do not allow anthu azitenga zibwenzi zawo kuzipatsa important positions at the expense of the country. Please take control!!

  21. M Ntalimanja says:

    Mangulenje is an extrememly cunning woman. It is common knowledge that she has befriended one PS who is closely connected to this issue in order to get the position. Isn’t she the same person who recently hooked another well known judge but seem it’s flopping now. Ukhaula mphwanga.

  22. KHONYONGWA says:

    With due respect, Mervis Mangulenje is not the type of person to head that important and crucial institutoin. indeed as already intimated, the authorities should find somebody more mature and more disciplined, to say the least. A President, iwunikeni bwino nkhaniyi.

  23. Bandula says:

    Let me commend the President for the job well done. You are gender sensitive and this is really good. Appointment of Mervis is an appropriate choice for MACRA. With her leadership, I am quite sure that MACRA will be transformed into a better Institution. We can’t ask for more. APPOINTMENT OF MERVIS IS VERY GOOD CHOICE

  24. mangulenje says:

    Mervis is there to facilitate the systematic stealing of tax payers money for certain ministers in the name of assisting the party. She does not have principles at all. Those that are backing her up are being sent by the same individuals to cover the mess. How can you say she is bringing change when she has been a member of the same board all along? It goes to show APM is not in control

  25. chintengo says:

    Nepotism ya chani apa. Don’t you know that she is mixed. One parent is Lhomwe and the other one ndi Yao. With those remarks ndiye Ayao sangalalani

  26. MAKULUNI says:

    ANTHU ENA SIMUDZIWA HOW BOARD MEMBERS ARE APPOINTED. PRESIDENT HAS APPOINTED BUT ADANI AKUBA ANACHULUKA SAMAMUFUNA COZ AMAFUNA MUNTHU WAWO AZIBA BWINO.

  27. Mwikho says:

    akupangila, kutipusisa….
    akuziwapo kanthu…..

  28. A kuchisitu says:

    Chavuta ndi chani ,kodi mmesa ndi mmalawi mayiyu ,paja umadana ndi azimayi,bwino bwinotu

  29. Toad says:

    APM wants the post to be taken by his sister in law ie khalista’s sister.

  30. Fabiano says:

    WE HAVE SAID IT TIMES WITHOUT NUMBER THAT PETER MUTHARIKA IS NOT IN CONTROL. HOW CAN SOMEBODY JUST APPOINT BOARD CHAIR OF AN INSTITUTION LIKE MACRA WITHOUT THE PRESIDENT KNOWING?

    CHULE WADABWA MMADZI MULI MWAKE.KKKKK!

    ANTHU AYAMBA KULEMBA ZIBWENZI ZAWO.

  31. kumwamba says:

    In fact , you may wish to know that Mervis has actually been appointed to remove the childness which is there at MACRA. Mind you, Mervis cannot be easily manipulated like a Robot. You are bitter because you will not manage to manipulate her. Mwanya. Mervis Woyeeeeee. Ana achepa awa. We need professionals in Malawi. Continue being strong Mervis. I wish you good luck as you will be improving the ICT sector in Malawi.

  32. kutengule says:

    @ Number 1

    Mervis is the right candidate for this position. Kungoti anthu akuba akwiya kuti they will not get anywhere hence putting up such stupid allegations. Mervis is good in controls and she knows what she is doing . President is the appointing Authority. To me this article is baseless. Actually appointments start from the Head state himself and instructions are given to Statutory Corporations. Ndi pamene mungadziwe kuti nkhani yatumizidwa ndi anthu oyipa maganizo. A malawi tatiyeni tizikonda dziko lathu. Mervis is the appropriate board Chair for MACRA. Bvuto la anyamata inu munazolowela kuba ndiye munthu akangokana mwayamba kutumiza nkhani zopusa. Ask me ndikutchulirani makape akupanga zimenezi. You can’t go far with this attitude. Mwagwa nayo. Mervis is strong, professional. Congratulations to Mervis

  33. Chipilro nyasi says:

    Very good appointment of Mr sheend Mwala…you played your part in the campaign it’s time you reap the rewards.. God is Good all the time

  34. james says:

    Mervis is an experienced professional from the Private Sector who has already demonstrated her capability to take MACRA to a higher level. She has got high level experience working with the Bank. Kodi munthu akakusokonezelani ma deal ndiye muyambe kulemba nkhani zopusa. A nyasatimes, its high time you need to be professional and write credible stuff. We know the people behind this ???

  35. Nachanza says:

    CHINA CHILICHONSE MULKHO

  36. john says:

    Mervis is a disciplinarian and she does not tolerate shit or corruption. Ndipo munya agalu inu. The appointing Authority is the President . What the hell are you talking about? Mervis Woye. Asiye anthu asanje, akuba, non professionals akagwele uko.

  37. Bystander says:

    Do not fool us. The President will eventually approve this after all she is a Lhomwe. Nepotism yopanda mayo manyazi?

  38. Buyelekhaya says:

    A Mangulenje ndi ambali yakonko kwa bwanawa! Ndiye mukumukaniranjinso nanga?

  39. tulo amalawi says:

    u r talking mr president not only at macra where childishness exists look at mbc and teveta. thats what we want mr president

  40. Jongwe says:

    What do you expect when you appoint people? We told you advertise these positions. Let the best person get the job.

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