Mutharika appoints Kalilani as Financial Intelligence Unit boss: Resistance over secondment

There is panic within a network of money launderers and corrupt government officials in Malawi stretching from the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) and the Reserve of Malawi following the appointment of Kenam Kalilani – a digital money and ICT expert – as the Deputy Director of the financial crimes busting agency FIU, Nyasa Times can reveal.

Kenan Kalilani: FIU deputy director

Kenam Kalilani: FIU deputy director

President Peter Mutharika appointed Kalilani two months ago to deputize Atuweni Phiri a lawyer by profession whose contract is due to expire within a year.

According to a letter from Government Chief Secretary George Mkondiwa dated June 28, 2016, Kalilani has been seconded to FIU as Deputy Director with effect from June 16, 2016.

“I write to inform you that it has pleased His Excellency the President to second you as Deputy Director at the Financial Intelligence Unit (FIU) with effect from 16th June 2016.”

“Under the secondment, Reserve Bank of Malawi, as your employer, will continue paying your salary and other benefits you are entitled to, and FIU will pay any differences that may be payable to you at the grade of Deputy Director level in FIU,” reads the letter in part.

“It would therefore, be appreciated if you could wind up your affairs at Reserve Bank of Malawi and arrange to report for duties at the Financial Intelligence Unit as soon as possible,” reads part of the letter.

Nyasa Times has  found out that the secondment attracted resistance with some top brass at RBM trying to ‘reason’ with government ‘to give them someone more qualified’ but they fell on deaf ears.

“That is why this issue has been dragging from June 28, 2016 when the letter was written up to now,” said a source from RBM.

Other sources said Kalilani was an operative of the DPP during the 2014 elections and the appointment is a reward for the ‘hard work’ that he did for the party to win the elections using his technological expertise.

But  FIU officers who spoke to Nyasa Times said members of the Malawi corruption cartel fear that the coming in of Kalilani who has vast training and experience working in online money tracking systems will expose many corrupt business persons, politicians and government officers who have been shielding them.

Investigations have revealed that some officials at the FIU and the Reserve Bank of Malawi have been colluding to be concealing financial information about politicians, top business executives who participated in the plunder of the treasury commonly known as Cashgate.

But central bank officials say Kalilani, whose current position at the RBM is Project Analyst,  is not qualified for the job and that he is too junior for the post.

He is said to be a telephone operator by profession and will be deputizing the FIU boss to follow and solve complex financial transactions.

RBM officials said he has worked at central bank for about 18 years most of which he spent as a telephone operator and fixer before moving him to the projects department.

However,  Nyasa Times  learnt that Kalilani has an MBA from ESAMI and certification for Telecommunication Business Information System .

Nyasa Times has further established that Kalilani has been handling Reserve Banks Mobile Financial Services and data transfer systems for the past 15 years.

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26 thoughts on “Mutharika appoints Kalilani as Financial Intelligence Unit boss: Resistance over secondment”

  1. gribeta says:

    going through the article it leaves alot to be desired. i have known kennam for a long time. he joined Reserve Bank as a switchboard operator yes. but the guy is something else!!!! as early as the year 2000 he championed Voice over internet protocol connecting RBM Lilongwe Balntyre MALSWITCH Balntyre and LIlongwe the four stations wer on line 24/7. he was the network administrator for voice and Data.

    you will be surprised that though humble and quite the guy is a certified military communications officer. Samalani!!!! he started JUDO during his secondary school. Anthu mukumuopa because he is quite and he does not associate with people most of the time. he developed a tockeniser for Malawi if you know what that means hexadecimal calculations platform.

    the last time i met him he was carrying out consultancy for a kenyan based company on real time data transfer. inu mayiko ena have benefited from his skills koma poti ndi kumalawi tiyeni nazo. am waiting to see him on the job! nde tidzalembenso ma comments talemba lerowa.

  2. The Analyst says:

    Koma izizi zoti President azisankha anthu mma udindo onga awa, zimandikwiyitsa zedi.
    . . . Nanga inu, how will his Kenam, combat money terrorism involving the president and/or his wife or his cronies, for instance; when it’s the same president who has the power to this guy’s pockets?
    . . . How will this Kenam have indepence of character and/or judgement on his job, in such cases?
    . . . We all know that African and other presidents are five-star thieves yet we allow them to appoint people in positions that police thieves? Are we normal?
    . . . Whoever gave them such authority never even had a brain or anything resembling a brain.
    . . . When shall we realise that it is through such appointments that presidents easily hide stolen monies?
    Or we want to lie to ourselves that presidents dont launder money? Ha!
    Yes, People may argue that this is the norm almost everywhere; but who doesnt know that, “Wrong is wrong even if everyone is doing it?; and that right is right even if no one is doing it?” – St Augustine.
    . . . Any wise president, even with a quarter-atom of sense and goodwill; would appreciate the need for these institutions to be given independence. And would thus, forthwith call for a review of such processes as appointments, without even waiting to be asked or pushed (through parliament).
    . . . Otherwise, if presidents continue to wear a common man’s mind hence continue to poke their big noses into affairs of such institutions and ofices as the FIU, ACB, Auditor General etc; these institutions shall remain as useless as they are now, an maybe even worse.

  3. sabata says:

    CV no first degree kikikikikiki

  4. oyeza mafuta says:

    It was reported that…Kalilani has been handling Reserve Banks Mobile Financial Services and data transfer systems for the past 15 years –

    What a lie.. the guy is a telephone operator. What MBA?

    He can not even define anti-money laundering. The RBM does not have what the public is meant to believe that RBM has Mobile Financial Services. His job is to fix phones when they are not working or report to the service providers.

    The truth of the matter is he was part of the team that assisted the DPP and that is his reward. And are you surprised?

  5. hhhhhh says:

    izi ndiye zamanyani.

  6. BlackImage says:

    Zenizeni zachi Malawi akudziwa ndi Mulungu mathero ake

  7. Gerlie says:

    Congrats my bro, God is the one who rewards and His time is the best. Your a professional and continue your professionalism there

  8. mwahenga says:

    Who told you that Kalilani is said to be a telephone operator? Ma reporter apa Malawi. Don’t write rumours! Why not confirm with him his qualification? What type of writing is this?

  9. Mletseni says:

    Congratulations Kenam. I have known Kenam Kalilani for so long. He was averagely intelligent then, with his strength being in arts subjects, where he got, if i remember very well a distinction in english (1997). Socially, he was practicing Judo as a young man. I vividly remember his Judo attire. In my view, i think some things that are being written here borders on hatred and jealousy. You can not judge anyone based on his/her lowest qualification. His current qualification is an MBA from ESAMI. All of us start from somewhere. The issue here that we should be debating is that these appointments are not meritorious. They are based on politics. The point here for politicians is that ma opportunities amene mumawapeza mubomamu are not always meant to be enriching abale anu okha ayi. Sibwino. For me, ndizingochita mbali yanga chimene dzanja langa lingapeze chifukwa ndilibe m’bale muboma. This is similar to appointment of Paul Taulo and many others. The concluding comment is that if we continue like this, we will all be fools at the end

  10. You guys still labeling him a telephone operator despite his recent vast training in Telephone Transfer Operations and experience makes me wonder what you are all about…DUFF? If I ask you whether you had once eaten PHALA from your mothers palm would be an insult????everyone has a starting point. Go to Oxford and learn something…You graduate with Degree in Toy making, Nail (Manicure), High Way Traffic (Telephone) ask someone who is a Dr. at Airtel was there doing High Way Traffic discipline).kkkk now a manager in technical at airtel.kkkkkk

  11. Spade says:

    One of the most embarrassing appointments so far. A telephone operator appointed to head a Financial Intelligence unit. Koma ziliko. For a long time I doubted when people said APM has no clue. Now I believe

  12. Ndine Yemwe Uja by Billy Kaunda says:

    If people know that Kenam Kalilani is a brother to Mgeme Kalilani, the story becomes complete.
    But whether he is qualified for the job or not, is a matter for another day’s discussion. One thing thats clear, for today’s discussion; to any person who knows Kalilani is that is to be ready for opportunities as, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Peter Druker

    You see, I had a chat with the Kalilani guy, sometime back. We discussed life and many other things. He joined the Reserve Bank as a switchboard operator (a receiver and maker of calls) with a mere M.S.C.E, he told me. But went on furthering his studies, and with each step up the education ladder; he also rose in rank, until he got a first degree then the MSc which saw him entrusted with the Project Analyst post; and now Deputy Director for FIU (Inu this is no small post).

    Was he not preparing himself when he spent years schooling? Surely he was. Can APM find it hard to justify the appointment on the basis of qualifications? Not at all. Let us all invest in knowledge. Even if you do it as a mad cow (ammassing one qualification after another, with little or no relevance, even with no prospects of promotion, just do it and it shall pay off some day. “An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.” – Benjamin Franklin

  13. Elder Sage III says:

    This FIU is a sleeping useless office… …t people have been stealing billions through the known government payment systems and established local banks for years, yet FIU could not even sniff something was rotten somewhere! It took the shooting of a hapless Budget Director for us to know there was ‘cashgate’ thriving amidst us. Fake investors (dem nigerians and chinese) are busy and easily externalizing our forex. FIU is just a way of sharing public resources with cronies…….

  14. SAIN IT LIKE IT IS says:


  15. Chilungamo says:

    Stupid Nyauzembe can you read the story up to the last sentence! Akufinyanibe agalu okuba inu operator yemweyo.

  16. Tchafinala says:

    Thumbs Up Mr President for the timely appointment. Malawi needs such innovative Young men with ICT expertise to infiltrate the Money Laundering syndicates that have engulfed the Country’s financial system. Kennam lives and breaths ICT, especially money wiring. Have a chat with him, you might be tempted to think you are chatting with a Robot. For those of you who don’t know this guy, I would urge you to ask for a copy of his MBA Thesis, you will know what I am talking about!!!

  17. Atcheya says:

    When Mphwiyo was being appointed a Director, you guys from the media touted him as another saviour. Give us a break, please!

  18. CHIMBANO says:

    He upgraded his educational credentials why underating him. Amene akunena kuti is not qaulified ngopusa osamakhala ndi mtima wa nsanje.

  19. Gologolo says:

    Malawian Politics…

  20. Nyapapi says:

    Zopusa basi!!! What skilks does this flyboy bring to the FIU??? He knows nothing and he is just as ignorant as Idi Amin! ! Why do you appoint people of such poor intellectual aptitude to head this very professional body?? Aaaaaaa mpakana receptionist kusanduka head of FIU???? Cry my beloved country!!!!

  21. Mbava Yaikulu says:

    “He is said to be a telephone operator by profession and will be deputizing the FIU boss to follow and solve complex financial transactions.” oooooooooooooooooh ooooooooooooooooooooh!

  22. Nyauzembe says:

    Koma dziko likupita kuti? Zoona telephone operator akakhale deputy director wa FIU? Are we serious as a country? Nthawi Zina ndale tizizisiya uko nkuliganizirako dzikoli. Cry my beloved country…

    1. Mputeni says:

      Kupusatu uku. Telephone operator wa MBA? Even the writer of this article doesn’t have anything closer to that paper.

  23. Thasitala says:

    Congrats Kenam. Apa pokha ndi Very Good Appointment

  24. Moses Makoko says:

    Koma kumenekooooooooooo!

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