MCP MP wants law to stop political patronage in statutory corporations

Member of Parliament  (MP) for Dowa East (Malawi Congress Party-MCP) Richard Chimwendo Banda has said the opposition wants a private members bill to limit presidential powers  in appointment of members in Statutory Corporations, saying President Peter Mutharika has filled the boards with political supporters unlike competent expertise.

Richard Chimwendo Banda: We should not have party zealots in boards but experts

Richard Chimwendo Banda: We should not have party zealots in boards but experts

“Indeed it is very important because when we look at the private sector, these statutory corporations are also playing a vital role in as far as development of this country is concerned,” he said.

Chimwendo Banda said they have noted that the last few years, it has been a tradition, appointment of board members into statutory corporation has been done on political grounds.

“Most of the statutory corporations are full of politicians,” said Chimwendo Banda, adding “this makes it very difficult for them to become efficient in this country.”

He continued: “If you go to ESCOM and water boards in this country, you will find that politicians, governors, constituency chairpersons are filling these boards.

“ I do not know if this country can really develop with this attitude. I therefore request that government should listen and appoint board members who can deliver in this country.”

And during his contribution to the private members’ motion on Import Bank of India  (Loan) Authorisation, Chimwendo Banda advised the ruling Democratic Progressive Party  (DPP) to consider consulting former President Joyce Banda on how her administration tackled twin problems of water and power outages.

The legislator said it is sad that the reigning administration is failing to find solutions to water shortages and blackouts when JB (Joyce Banda) is still alive, and could be eager to provide advice.

He also emphasised the need for DPP to search through the tactics former President late Bingu wa Mutharika used to deal with hunger during his reign.

But Leader of the House, Minister of Agriculture George Chaponda trashed Chimwendo Banda saying DPP is facing challenges because it inherited a bankrupt government from the People’s Party (PP).

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6 thoughts on “MCP MP wants law to stop political patronage in statutory corporations”

  1. Mbunde says:

    Mr Chaponda these are lame excuses,that you find bankrapty government.Don’t you remember that Joice Banda’s regime also found that you drained the government coffers during g the reign of Daniel Phiri,but tried her best to improve things within 6 month,because she was a listening government,until when are you going to stop making stupid excuses.

  2. Inu says:

    Malawians, do not think like chickens. The problems of water and electricity are due to the elements. What government should be faulted is that it has failed to respond to such things.

    Joyce Banda did not find solutions to water and electricity. Two things worked to her advantage. First, the 64 MW Kapichira phase II was commissioned at the end of December 2013 which started in 2011 under Bingu thereby significantly boosting electricity supply on the grid. Secondly, we had normal to above normal rainfall and as such we had energy stability.

    I may not agree with APM on many things but at least he is right to say that we have not invested in energy development in the past and that is what is kicking us in the teeth right now. Therefore, no one should ever say again that JB found solutions to our electricity problem when there is nothing that she did, not even a single project. For a member of parliament to say things that he does not know as facts gives no hope to me as a Malawian than he can really help me. I urge parliamentarians to do research before commenting in the house but hey this is Malawian where the people hate facts.

    1. zobi says:

      But you vent commented on appointees u cud ve given him credit on tht and trash him on the energy and water. it cud ve shown ur impartia
      lity

      1. Inu says:

        Zobi, point taken. He is spot on on the other arguments.

  3. Chambe says:

    MCP, you are the ones who gave such extreme powers to your monster Kamuzu. You started all this and others followed suit. Lero chikukuwawani? Let you stop it when you take over the government in 2019 since you have confidence to win. It is not far, just be patient.

  4. ganimunthu says:

    This is the way to go Chimwendo Banda. We need to get rid of all political appointments in the country in these boards. Bravo .

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