Councillor doubles as a teacher in Lilongwe Msozi: Constituents cry foul

Communities from Lilongwe Msozi North have expressed concern about one of their Ward Councillors, Misheck Khomba Muhanji of Ngala ward who to their dismay has been discovered to be doubling his elective office  and as a  secondary school teacher at Minga CDSS a development which has left him neglecting his duty as a councillor.

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The development came to light when the National Initiative for Civic Education (NICE) were conducting sensitization meeting with the communities on the role of office bearers at Chibwata in Lilongwe.

According to Group Village Headman Chibwata the communities from Ngala ward were surprised that since the elections they rarely see their councillor who was supposed to be spearheading develoment initiatives in the area.

GVH Chibwata said that they later learnt that Khomba is also a teacher at a Community Day Secondary School in another constituency a development which surprised them.

“We are very surprised that our councillor is a doubling his role as a councillor and a teacher. We need you as NICE to enlighten us if this is in order?” queried Chibwata.

NICE District Civic Education Officer Daniel Malango said it is not in order for the councillor to double as a teacher as this is a clear case of conflict of interest.

“According to the Local Government  Election Act a person who has been elected as a councillor should not hold public office or appointment,” said Malango.

He said the framers of the laws knew that there should be separation of roles when one holds an elective office and that of the public office because one is bound to neglect the other office.

However, Councillor Khomba Muhanji  could neither confirm nor deny the assertions but could only say that there is nothing newsworthy on the issue.

“Don’t you have better issues to write about,” said the audibly furious Khomba in a telephone interview before cutting the line.

According to a fellow teacher from the same school, who spoke on condition of anonymitt confirmed that Khomba is indeed a teacher at the said school and is on government payroll under the Ministry of Education.

Since last year’s tripartite elections there have been a lot of understanding on the roles of councillors and legislators, a development which has led NICE to intesify civic education on the roles of these two duty bearers.

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26 thoughts on “Councillor doubles as a teacher in Lilongwe Msozi: Constituents cry foul”

  1. Muhilima says:

    Let him proceed with his proffession dont disturb this influencial councillor

  2. Inhumane Rights Activist says:

    I think the one to blame is the author of this whole story. He is either an intern in journalism or just very daft. He should have consulted the Local Government act himself not to rely on Malango’s comment. These are public documents and are available all over the country. A councillor is not perceived in the same notion of an MP. I remember some years ago, my neighbour in Sunnyside was the late Luke Jumbe, who was the Mayor of the City of Blantyre then but also worked for Admarc full-time. Not Friday Jumbe his brother but Luke Jumbe. Friday Jumbe was at the time General Manager for National Oil Industries (Noil) at Makata in Ndirande.

    Another example is Mrs Anna Kachikho. When she was elected Bt Mayor, she was and continued to work for Admarc. Now find out what Noel Chalamanda is doing.
    Mr Reporter, please employ investigative journalism not just a story on the surface. What you have written here shows that you are an amateur or rookie in your trade. This teacher can continue to do so and he even deserves promotion to be the Headteacher. Pronto!

  3. apundi says says:

    EYA STYLE NDIWEKHA PA TOWN PANO BOLA AKUGWIRA NTCHITO KUSIYANA NKUMADYERA THUKUTA ENA

  4. mayeso says:

    Councillors works in volutery manner and teaching is his proffesional please let allow him kuphunzitsa its part of development of the community after knock off do ukhasalawo

  5. Christian life says:

    I was counting the number of iliterate comments and see how someone can courageoulsy and publicly publish a thing he himself doesn’t understand. Am not surprised why Malawi is poor. Your guess is as good as mine oosh. Kkkki hee he de ku nyasalande abale. Even even the civic educators don’t understand a thing. Then the blind will be even more blind than before. The poor will cerebrate Poverty. The iliterate will step on fire. The silly will sleep with a snake and count on its generosity. The donors are tired of you please demonstrate your appreciation and atleast show even an intch of advancement

  6. Achimwene says:

    NICE please don’t misled people. If you cant understand the role of councilor, I doubt if you can provide civic education. I counselor is not an employ that’s why s/he never gets any salary as the MPs does so issue of conflict of interest doesn’t arise at all

    Let the gentleman do his work as an employ and provide voluntary work as a councilor. Next time I will not be surprised if you will say a church elder should not be employed

  7. manunkha says:

    Daniel Malango and NICE must be so stupid. What is civic education when u r just confusing pipo. Councillorship is not a full time job and a councillor can still have another paying job elsewhere even in town. The only conflict is if he is drawing 2 salaries from govt. However, a councillor doesnt draw a salary but a honoraria. Malango shld v been able to explaon to people instead of just causing more confusion. Thats why some of these NGO’s dont tick because they are managed by dull uneducated people like Daniel Malango. Noel Chalamanda is mayor of Blantyre but he still keeps his job at his law company. NICE MWATICHITISA MANYAZI APA

  8. nobel says:

    U ppl got it wrong; even football have got rules. Councillors are not salaried and this was made rife prior to the elections. There were debates on ZBS about concillorship being voluntarism so don’t change goal posts when the game is being kicked off. Let the laws bite this educated fool.

  9. chinyotho says:

    Umbuli ndi matenda. Councillor samalandila salary komanso a Nice mukunamiza anthu . Local Government act yake iti?

  10. Uje says:

    He promised to uplift education in the whole district, so he is actually delivering his noble work as a councillor. He told he start with illiteracy space n then the othe parts as a councillor, anything a councillor can do to help his people.

  11. Wycombe says:

    The mayor in Blantyre is a practicing lawyer so what’s the problem with a mere councillor doubling as a teacher? a councillor gets an allowance for his job and nothing else! so what do u want? akabe ndalama za council to help him survive? and what happens akasiya uphunzitsi and term take yatha? and if there is a person with more free time is the teacher, so don’t give us the lame excuse that he will not have ample time for his ward! Our national anthem says, ‘put down each and every enemy, hunger , disease, ENVY!’ LEAVE HIM ALONE!

  12. haga says:

    asiyeni ndi ozimwale amenewa.mtundu wa anthu ogona kwambiri

  13. kanyimbi says:

    Teachers play a great role in the society. They spearhead developments even without allowance. By the way didn’t the people know that he was a teacher? If he can quit teaching how many people (students) will suffer? Teaching is part of development leave him alone since councillors do not receive salaries.

  14. peter says:

    My understanding is that a councillor does not receive a salary for his job. He only gets allowances and therefore should be allowed to get a permanent job to earn a living.

  15. chaiwone wawo says:

    Councillor sakhala ndi salary so i guess he is teaching to earn a living

  16. umphawi says:

    Mwananveka nthawi ya Bingu ankalandira ndalama panayi tsopano mwaona poti ndi counsellor. Ayi zinayambika ndi #Mwananveka #Joseph.

  17. Zoziyamba Dala says:

    Ngati tikunena kuti ku Malawi kuno malipiro apa Ntchito ndiochepa simukuvetsa ayi .Malipiro ndiochepa thats why most educated people are flocking out of the country to fetch greener pasture .

  18. peter muthanyula says:

    Cashgate inanso iyi. He must pay back the salaries he received as a teacher. Amalawi kuba too much!

  19. Che Peter says:

    so what??? The same Malawians on daily basis your are complaining of inadequaty teachers, medical staff.. Etc. This gentleman saw the problem his community was facing, he took a low profile to go and drink chalk. So u constituents u r there to demoralise this helpful councillor? NSANJE BASI… Afterall hes teaching at a govt school, serving the same interest. Had it been that he was teaching at a private school… So my take… Go on council with ur noble job which u know best… FUCK u NIce muzingodya ma allowance anuwo

  20. A MEC AKUTIPO CHANI? LAMULO LIMATI BWANJI?

  21. Blessed Banda says:

    Ma Concillor ndi ma MP amangokhala, no funding for development projects. Chitukuko chimayenda ndi Youth Week mmidzi kale. Kulibwino munthu agwiritse ntchito luso lake kuchotsa umbuli. The only issue here is if he is receiving two salaries from the same public coffers.

  22. ujeni says:

    Is it Nsanje or clear cut lack of knowledge. Let me put it this way, the teacher is not doing his councilor job he was elected to do, if the electorate question that is it because of nsanje. Being poorest as a country is by choice

  23. Alex says:

    Cashgate inanso.

  24. Alex says:

    Mwai pa mwai unzake. Misonkho yanthu kuyiseweweretsa.

  25. Alex says:

    Doable salary. Kumalandila pawiri enafe tilimbuu kusowa chochita.

  26. ninkuuzeni says:

    AMALAWI NSANJE BASI…

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