Two Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) commissioners are holding two public offices in essence getting two public salaries a month from the same government account number one and an expert says the situation is confusing but should be rectified.
Commissioner for Elections Jean Mathanga is also chairman of power utility provider Escom whilst another commissioner Moffat Banda is also chairman of Malawi Broadcasting Corporation.
President Peter Mutharika has however backed the situation, saying they are not breaking the law, according Dr. Bright Molande as his Director of Communications at the State House.
But political and social commentator Blessings Chinsinga says although this is not in conflict with the law, this can cause conflict of interest.
“The job at MEC was conceived as a part time job, the commissioners sre at liberty to pick up other job, do their own things but the way things are now, the commissioners need to be at MEC offices full time if we are to have fair and credible elections,” said Chinsinga.
He said its high time the MEC policy was reviewed and make the commissioners work full time if they are to deliver a credible election.
The MEC commissioners get huge monthly allowances from MEC so too when they are out of their duty station.
Namathanga and Moffat Banda, blue eyed boys of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party also get huge allowances when they sit on their respective board meetibngs or perform duties of their respective parastatals.