‘Off the wall of’ Patseni Mauka: First Lady takes nepotism to Malawi Revenue Authority

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Sam Zuze, a relation of the First Lady has been appointed as Finance Director at Malawi Revenue Authority through a simple instruction from the ‘Prime Minister’.

First Lady Getrude Mutharika

First Lady Getrude Mutharika

My take: Having qualifications and experience is ok. Being given a position on a silver platter is wrong!

Being given a position even after failing interviews is fraud.

Leaving people who are better qualified and passed the interviews with flying colours is stranger than fiction.

Giving someone a position because he has a relation in State House is nepotism. It’s what we are fighting against.

We demand transparency in recruitment of people in all government departments. We will not relent. We will not quit. We want change in this country and change will come no matter what anybody call us. We are young. We have energy and we feel our energy must be utilised in transforming Malawi. Aluta continua!

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Kennedy nali

In my perspective we need group like al-shabab or isis to destroy these anoying Leaders because if there is good governance non of these would happen. There are capable educated people all over the country but corruption and nepotism hold them and the country from developping. Bingu started well later these widows my gosh! Look at peter he is a died man walking yet the south salute and ululute for him, yes its usual they want money from him not knowing they are kiling the childrens future. One day is one day miracle will happen in our peaceful nation.

Denis Kachoka



This talk of public sector reform is rubbish and humiliating effort by Government. They are not interested in Malawi improving and prospering but themselves. Citizen action or arrest is needed whenever we have such things. Office yake yili kuti amene akudziwa atiudze. Anthu ku Thyolo, Chiradzul Mulanje, Blantyre ali achile lero. Tinthana nayo basi. Zatinyatsa!


Koma kumenekoooo. Ma reforms sangatheke ku Malawi. A Chikaoneka ndi a Nkhoma mumayesa ndinu madolo. Zilibe merit izi. Michael Nevin has already said kuti in Malawi zimatengera who knows who.

Mabattery a mlakho

Kuvala kwa a 1st lady kumeneko?No wonder Kasaila ali dovu chuchuchu!

In all this, bravo to Thom Mpinganjira, former Board Chair of MRA, who stood by conscious and refused to sign his appointment letter because his appointpoint was not on merit. You dont pick the least perfomer during the interviews for an important job like Director of Finance for a tax collecting body. That is being childish. Ofcourse this cost Thom Mpinganjira his Chairmanship, but does he care? Ralph Kamoto, a renowened accountant, also almost lost his job as CEO of MRA for refusing to author a letter of Zuzes appointment as he was the least performer during the interviews. He… Read more »
grem naidze

yes u r right my friend.this country is full of corruption.work is available only to those who r related to the authorities.

Chimani. Game

Tiyeninazo.mbuziza.dpp zopandamanondinzeru

Givens Gamaliel

Malawi hates competition and no wonder we have substandard things in every circle.To get a job these days you need to be connected to somebody despite having proper qualifications.There is alot of corruption in Malawi.Probably you should be interviewed by azungu who will never care about somebody where he is coming from,related to who but picks somebody on merit.Its a shame for this country being led by this incompetent crooked govt of Dpp.

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