Nandolo appears before Commission of Inquiry

The Local Government Service Commission has started an inquiry in the controversial pay hike at Blantyre city council and the subsequent suspension of its chief executive officer, Ted Nandolo.

Suspended Blantyre City Council CEO Ted Nandolo

Suspended Blantyre City Council CEO Ted Nandolo

Nyasa Times sources said that Nandolo was seen self-driving a personal white Toyota car to the Civic offices and came out of the inquiry towards lunch hour.

She added that the sitting was held at the Blantyre Civic Offices from Monday to Thursday last week and that several authorities were lined up for interview.

However, BCC Public Relations Manager Anthony Kasunda denied any knowledge of the said commission.

“As far as I am aware there is nothing of that sort happening here. These matters are handled by our parent ministry,” said Kasunda.

But our source said the inquiry commission is composed of Human Resources Manager Alfred Nyengo, former Director of Administration Dr. Mac Loud Kadam’manja, Director of Financial Services Michael Kasamba, the council’s leader of trade union a Mr. Kambeta, and some councillors.

Nandolo received a letter of suspension after appearing before a ‘kangaroo court’ with minister of Local Government and Rural Development Trasizio Gowelo who accused Nandolo of usurping ministerial powers when he authorized pay hike to Councils staff earliear in the year.

“Please refer to the meeting you had on Tuesday, 24th March, 2015 with the Minister of Local Government and Rural Government, Honourable Trasizio T, Gowelo, MP, where concerns were raised regarding your recent decision to approve and implement salary adjustments for employees at Blantyre City Council without Ministerial approval contrary to the provisions of Section 26 of the Local Government Act.

“The decision you made has serious consequences more especially where it has been observed that as Chief Executive officer, you actually exercised the powers of the Minister without authority,” reads a craftily written letter signed by Kester Kaphaizi, as principal secretary at the ministry.

The letter further reads: “I, therefore, wish to advise that in exercise of powers vested in him by the Local Government (Amendment) Act No. 17 of 2010, section 6 (2), the Honourable Minister has directed that you be suspended from exercising the powers and  functions of your office as Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect. The suspension is on no pay and has been instituted to pave way for further investigations into the matter.”

The letter was copied to the Chief Secretary to the Government, Secretary for Human Resources Management and development, the Chief Executive Officer and Mayor for Blantyre City Council, and the Executive Director for the National Local Government Finance Committee.

But Ministry of Local Government spokesperson Muhlabase Mughogho could not be reached for comment as she was reportedly out of the office since last week.

Hired in 2011 Nandolo has managed the BCC under three presidents; the late Bingu, recent past President Joyce Banda and the current Malawi leader.

Employees at the Blantyre City Council were promised a 25-percent pay hike effective July in 2014 but got new wages in December without back pay up to now. The council added a 15-percent pay hike effective October 2014 after government announced salary increase for the public service. BCC received the new perks in February but arrears are yet to be paid.

Dr. Alfred Chanza is the acting chief executive officer. He was sent to the council same day the ministry wrote Kadam’manja to the Blantyre District council. Kadammanja came at the city council to act on the position of director of administration that was held by Chanza who was seconded to the ministry of labour and manpower development as principal secretary.

No official has come in the open of when the results of the inquiry will be made public.

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22 thoughts on “Nandolo appears before Commission of Inquiry”

  1. Ethurama says:

    In a JUST court of Law in Malawi,this will fall under unconstitutional,illegal& disputable actions on several grounds from a whole learned minister on how immediate suspension without pay was arrived at to the CEO’s first case if there’s any.It seems the so called minister has a grudge or is afraid of people of Ted’s calibre to work under his ministry for reasons better known by himself,short sighted & ill advisors.Ethurama defines this kind of INTIMIDATION as a COWARD’S FEAR,but surely wont help u Mr Minister.If ever u read ”THE POLITICS”by Aristotle,otherwise your politique is mere fear,traps,gossiping incomplete.We all know u’re our Hon. coz of politics BUT detatch it in solving Office matters.The result of quick decissions is pathetic to such unsupported & ailling economies…i see cool bundles of TAX-PAYERS money at great risk here but govt.will deserve to pay Mr Nandolo if this is not carefully resolved.Mbuli ine wa ku Nakhwikhwi ndikuchiona ichi.

  2. NYASATIMES says:

    FOCUS ON DEVELOPMENT WHY ALWAYS SHOUT AT PEOPLE INSTEAD OF SUPPORTING THEM AKUTHAWANI ANTHU IN COUNCIL EMPLOYEES AKUTIKA STOP THIS BEHAVIOUR POMPANO MWATINENERA MAHARD WORKERS BECAUSE OF NOT HAVING ADEQUATE INFORMATION ASK US ON THE GROUND

  3. NYASATIMES says:

    GIVE COUNCILS SUPPORT TO WORK PROPERY THE MINISTER ALWAYS SHOUTS AT STAFF WHERE EVER HE GOES THIS MINISTRY TOO MUCH POLITICS AND PLEASING CHIEFS NO TIME FOR DEVELOPMENT

  4. Richard says:

    Gowelo should be sacked in the next cabinet reshuffle. All staff at city to down tools in protest as this hero has sacrficed himself for us.

  5. nezaar wa nezaar says:

    In all fairness I don’t think TN is in the wrong. In fact he is the best CEO Malawi has ever had . Honourable minister just drop those charges and re instate him. if you dont The Courts will !!!!!

  6. Goodson Phanda says:

    The Ministry of Local Government requires a visionary minister not this sick fellow. Any sensible person will agree that Nandolo is not in the wrong, he was fighting for the welfare of the Council employees.

  7. Wakufuna Kwabwino says:

    UP TO THE POINT OF NO PAY ITS JUST TOO MUCH.

  8. ndadabwa says:

    a Nandolo zikukuwawani? siuja mumachotsa amzanu mu 2011 ngati mukuchotsa a bwamnoni pa udzu. zikukubwererani.

  9. MALIPILO says:

    KODI mukuti nandolo watani ? MUNTHUYU amaganizila mmene amabvutikila ogwila ntchito ku blantyre city. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE Anawonjezera malipilowo kwa anthu malinngana ndikukwera kwa zinthu. Iye sanayike mthumba mwake ayi. MUWAYITANENSO Amene wakhululuka ngongole za MSB

  10. njuchi says:

    KChidokhodikho

  11. nyadoroba says:

    Koma politics bas

  12. Systems Galauza says:

    Minister amassing too much powers is dangerous for democracy. Is it due to this life prolonging stuff? He better slow down

  13. Steve Chiphaso says:

    This matter does not warrant a suspension, Nandolo should have just been warned. This Local Government Minister is just big headed, he has caused a storm in the Ministry, look at what he has done to District Comminissioners.

  14. chatonda says:

    Alfred Chanza is behind all this issue. He is too much power hungry but very corrupt. The city council will collapse with Chanza as Chief. He is empty in his head but wishes to be the boss all the time.

  15. chejali says:

    Kkkkkkk thedie kayaaaaa zitawonekkeeeeeeee

  16. Tamanda Sauka says:

    This man is related to Joyce Banda, and during DPP convention, he gave us headache, when we wanted to get authority for the convention in Blantyre. Now, we are on his neck. Ask him, he knows the wrong he did to us. We will finish him

  17. Ana amuna a mphongo says:

    Nandolo sanalakwe koma wins wake panepake wapondedwa chala. Ndiye akibwezera.

  18. Mphondo says:

    Ndyale izi

  19. special advisor says:

    ….and Dr Chanza is now the center of controversy. As soon as he arrived back at BCC to take over as acting CEO, he was taken ill and was hospitalized. Some people at BCC are happy about his hosputalisation. They even wish him dead. But he will not die. He will surely live.

  20. Emmatuwa says:

    walakwitsa chiani Ted Nandolo anthu woipa inu ofuna kupha anzanu

  21. My Haphazard Government says:

    Initially I was sympathetic with you ted, but how could you transfer plot for the construction of the mayor’s house to yourself. Abuse of office is what it is called.

  22. Ingwenyama. says:

    Mwamuthamangisa osampasa kanthu ameneyu koma akakusumilani mukapezeka kuti mukamulipira ndalama zambirimbiri agalu inu! “kunena kwa Nga Mtafu.”

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