Chakwera asked to reverse boards appointments over flouting Gender Act

The Malawi Law Society (MLS) and the NGO Gender Coordination Network (NGO-GCN) have separately faulted President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera flouting Gen

Barbra Banda: Declined Chakwera’s appointed to what she calls illegal constituted boards

der Equality Act when in appointing the board members of the 67 parastatals.

Law Society and NGO GCN have asked Chakwera to reverse the appointments of the recently constituted boards of parastatals.

In an interview monitored by Nyasa Times on Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS), Chairperson for NGO GCN Barbara Banda stressed that the constituted parastatal boards are illegal and that has asked the appointing authority to follow the Gender Equality Act.

Banda was appointed as board member of the Technical, Entrepreneurial and Vocational Training Authority (Teveta), but declined, saying she couldn’t be part of the illegally constituted boards.

Banda told the anchor of Tiuzeni Zoona programme that Gender Equality Act demands that men and women representation in public offices be 60 percent and 40 percent, respectively.

According to her, it is not fair for women to only 20 percent women representation in the boards of 67 parastatals.

“I cannot be party to the illegally constituted parastatal boards. We have written the appointing authority to go back to the drawing board and increase the number of women in the boards.

“We expected the President to follow the law by hiring more women to be part of the decision making in these institutions,” said Banda.

Recently, the Women Manifesto Movement and the NGO GCN expressed their disappointment over the appointment of the current Cabinet Ministers by Chakwera.

“The current administration has failed to fully support the rights of women in the Cabinet and parastatals. How can the appointing authority can allow 80 percent of men in the parastatals. How can he allow that 57 parastatals be headed by men? We need to reverse the situation. Women are equally capable of heading top positions,” said Banda.

She also faulted the Chakwera for not including women on the team of Presidential Advisors he has hired since taking the the country’s Presidency.

The Women’s right activist said the Women Manifesto Movement and NGO NGC will not tire pushing for fairness between women and men in as far as hiring of public officers is concerned.

Meanwhile, the Malawi Law Society has contended that 73 percent of appointments are against the law.

MLW President Barton Mhango confirmed that the body has written the Attorney General Dr Chikosa Silungwe to provide legal advice to government on the consequences of its failure to comply with Section 11 of the Act in the appointment of board members.

MLS wants the appointing authority to reverse the appointments.

The Attorney General said he is yet to officially receive the letter from MLS.

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John chidongo
29 days ago

Chakwera is very rigid, he want change. If he didn’t change about his advisers after critisize him. Azimai muona Nyenkhwe!

Mike Bamusi
Mike Bamusi
29 days ago

That’s rubbish,if you have nothing to do put your ass down.You don’t just criticize anything because you have the right to.You don’t just appoint people because you want to balance the numbers.Yes Banda you declined well and good they will get someone else.There is nothing illegal in the appointment.

Chifundo Ganizani
Chifundo Ganizani
1 month ago

If there were more women than men, no one would be floating the flout.
Soon the male gender will become the oppressed gender.
If chakwera has appointed a cabinet which he feels is good for the country, why should he compromise this by adding a woman who is probably incompetent???
This is corruption from women and men who havnt recieved a post.

Tonse
Tonse
1 month ago

Now that your are in power, HRDC and king Kajoloweka have turn to be your enemy? Anyone who sees demerit in appointment your enemy?, I remember someone said kachipanda ine simukanalowa m,boma …..counting down to 2025

mtete
mtete
1 month ago

I thought we were done with DPP cadets. This woman wants to throw spanners in Tonse Alliance government works. Walemba m’madzi. Winanso wolira pa gulu ngati supporter wa Ansah. Kagwele uko

Yonseyonse Sindyeka
Yonseyonse Sindyeka
1 month ago

So the whole Public service is just Cabinet and Parastatal boards??

This Country once a Female CEO, what happened??

James Banda
James Banda
1 month ago

There were five judges who heard the elections case and out of five there was only one woman. nobody said anything. HRDC, and the Kajoloweka’s have no women representation in their groups. Do they?

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Inu azimayi mumafuna zinthu musavutikira bwanji. Anzanu work hard for this osati kumabisalira ku act. Kunali Margaret Thatcher aka Iron Lady, Condoleeza Rice, Hilary Clinton, Mrs. Madeleine Albright and kuli Angela Merkel. Why can you not do the same? We are ready to support such women and those who are feminist minded or who have phobia against men.

Atupele
Atupele
1 month ago

Zitichedwetsa izi..

Gee
Gee
1 month ago

Pamaudindo nde mukulira mokweza Koma nthawi yomwe azimayi ndi atsikana aku Nsundwe anagwiliridwa sitinakumveni bwanji?

Kambewa Ngozo
1 month ago
Reply to  Gee

Yeah
They kept f quite.
Silly woman

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