A cloud of uncertainty is hovering above the Director of Local Government Services Kiswell Dakamau, a home boy to the fired minister of Local Government and Rural Development Thom Tarsizio Gowelo as it has emerged that he is the master minder of the confusion rocking local councils in Malawi.
With the movement of Christopher Makileni to the Office of the President and Cabinet, Dakamau had been harbouring the ambition of replacing him as Principal Secretary.
He has been feeding Gowelo with hate filled information against District Commissioners. The dream was dealt a big blow when government deployed Dorothy Banda to become PS II.
Dakamau was used to taking issues to the Minister regarding the operation of the country’s local councils. The minister in-turn was imposing those ambitions to the Principal Secretaries for implementation with full knowledge that the issues were a making of his homeboy.
Nyasa Times understands Dakamau has waged a war against the 16 District Commissioners who were party to a July, 2012, petition to former president Joyce Banda which among other things requested for his removal from the Ministry.
Further to that, Dakamau is also targeting all DCs whom he suspects or believes benefitted from the Joyce Banda administration through appointments or promotions.
It has been established that Dakamau and the Minister were the ones who have been sponsoring chaos in councils.
The chaos started in Chiradzulu, where the former District Commissioner, James Manyetera had a rude awakening after the Ministry of Local Government sponsored councillors to block his office accusing him of not being dedicated to developing the district.
The ministry sponsored this unholy act because the DC was thought to be stubborn after he obtained a court injunction restraining government from nullifying a promotion he benefited during the previous administration. He was later removed from Chiradzulu and dumped at Capital Hill.
In Karonga, the DC Rosemary Moyo, another DC who obtained an injunction restraining the Ministry from demoting her, is being accused of Cashgate related doings by the Paramount Chief Kyungu controlled Council.
The ministry through Dakamau is using Kyungu to cause misery on the DC. Moyo is facing challenges from government against her duties.
Chitipa District Commissioner, Grace Chirwa is another victim. She was promoted during the same period. Government posted her away to Rumphi to take up a lower position.
She challenged the matter in the High Court in Mzuzu by obtaining an injunction.
Dakamau with the former Minister cooked up another plan by mobilising DPP hooligans to block her office. Government had posted another DC in the name of Rodney Simwaka while with full knowledge that there was a restarting order.
Dowa has not been spared. Market vendors were mobilised by Dakamau with the support of Chief Msakambewa to demonstrate against the DC, one Fanny Msimuku, another lady promoted by the previous administration. Msimuku is currently challenging government over her demotion and is surviving on the court order.
Felix Mkandawire of Nkhotakhota had had a tune to dance as well. His grave sin is being friends to the former ministry’s Principal Secretary, Christopher Makileni. He arrived in the District in March, of this year, and yet is being accused of being party to decisions which were made way before his deployment.
Dakamau and Gowelo have been sponsoring one Father Kayamba, member of the laity who was dethroned by the Anglican Church on very serious criminally suspected activities.
The fallen Priest has made himself chairman of “the concerned group of Nkhotakhota”. Resultant to this, Mkandawire was posted to the Local Government ministry to take up a non-existent position. He has also challenged the decision by the Ministry through the courts.
Another target on the list is Reghard Chavula of Machinga District. She survived her share of embarrassment when the Chairman of Machinga District Council Tayilosi Bakili turned down Dakamau’s clandestine move to do “what his colleagues are dong with DCs believed to have benefitted from the previous regime”.
Chavula is also surviving on a court injunction following nullification of her promotion and subsequent positing to Blantyre District Council as a Human Resource Management officer.
Other casualties of the evil acts include:
- Atanazio Chibwana who was removed from Blantyre as DC and thrown to Nsanje. Reason is that he signed the July 2012 petition.
- Bester Mandere has been removed from Mangochi and is now feeling the heat of Chikwawa, he is also a signatory to the petition.
- Stuart Ngoka was removed from Ntcheu to head Kasungu Municipal Council, he is a signatory to the injunction.
- Macloud Kadammanja former District Commissioner who became Director of Administration for Blantyre City during the previous regime is now Director of Administration for Nkhotakhota.
- Richard Hara, who was Lilongwe City Chief Executive, has lost all his benefits and is now DC for Mchinji, his grave mistake taking up an appointment made by Joyce Banda.
- Rodney Simwaka (another signatory to the injunction) a year after return from post graduate studies has no office. He is sent to districts where Dakamau knows for sure that there are court injunctions. He went to Chitipa where he was greeted by an injunction. He was later sent to Machinga, faced another injunction. Has recently been posted to Nkhotakhota where there is another injunction.
The close relationship between Dakamau and the minister has made him the most feared man in the ministry that he is now being referred to as Principal Secretary 3.
Dakamau declined to comment on the issues when contacted.
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