Mutharika’s Malawi parastatal boards appointment ‘illegal’ – report

The appointments which President Peter Mutharika made for  board members in the Parastatal organisations have been deemed “illegal” as the Head of State is said to have flouted statues by appointing more members to at least seven parastatal organisations than is required by the law, according to newspaper report.

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Dzonzi:  Give way to new appointments

Legal experts argue that the Presidential goof invalidates the November 2014 boards appointments while Department of Statutory Corporation said it is rectifying the problem, Weekend Nation reported.

According to lawyer Justin Dzonzi an executive director of Blantyre-based think-tank Justice Link  that promotes access to justice ,  the appointments cannot be valid if the number of board administrators exceeds the number stipulated in the laws

He then advised the appointing authority to give way to new appointments that will comply with the respective acts

Economist Henry Kachaje argued that the board appointments that contradict legal framework guiding the operations of parastatal organisations compromises the board’s mandate to provide governance and oversight roles to the institutions.

Department of Statutory Corporation spokesperson, Flemmings Nyirenda,  told the paper that government and the department of statutory corporations are “ aware of the anomalies and (are) doing everything possible to rectify the problem.”

Parastatals which floated board membership include Roads Authority(RA),Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra),Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC),National Commission for Science and technology (NCST),Malawi National council of Sports, Small Medium Enterprises Development institute (Smedi) and Pharmancy, medicines and Poisons Boards (PMPB).

Board members, who were last week undergoing training in corporate governance, are yet to start discharging their duties.

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Fathi Alshehaab

surely boarf sppointmrnts dhud not be more than5 cz you hav a managenent dtructure with technicrsts ofofessionslky trsined.simikarly no beed to hsve advudors equal to minidtries why? the PS & hus directors shud do this no eonfer amangikwrrs na fslimoto judt to burn fuel dend csrs ti friends gsrsges..its s mess…


The buck has to stop somewhere, advisors or no advisors the appointing authority is the president, and the buck stops here.

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anthony kawinga

appointments should be based on all political parties not from dpp only zinthu sizingayende bwino mu maparastetalwo

vin mongu
if he had under-appointed it was going to be better but over-appointing is bad for our ailing economy. so what is the point of having advisers? leaders in malawi think they know it all. it is every where written. i always think we do not know where we want to take this country to. it all started with Kamuzu who wasted 35 good years with poor direction and we started gaining then he derailed himself. We have hope in SKC not in APM since ma professor a awa they seem not to know where they want to take this country… Read more »

Abale, enafe tatopa nazo za ma blunder a mkuluyu . Even his own election “victory” was a blunder .

chatty man

Is he really a professor of law? Who gave him kuti akhale professor?

Imraan Sidik

Joke of a professor


Nthawi zina udido okakamiza unakathela musiizi


Very sad for someone who is professor of law

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