‘Clearing the rubble’: Tobacco Commission suspends  deputy CEO, director over ‘political recruitment’

Barely days after President Lazarus Chakwera called for the firing of people drafted into the public service based on political loyalty or abused office, the government machinery has rolled into action to clear the rubble with Tobacco Commission (TC) the latest to suspend the deputy chief executive  office Levi Phelani to pave way for Ombudsman’s investigations into how he was recruited.

Sadala (centre)  with  Phelani: Shake up at Tobacco Commission

The Commission has also terminated a contract for Emily Banda Egolet who was Director of Human Resources and Administration because her recruitment did not follow procedures.

TC Chairperson Harry Mkandawire, who is also second vice president of the Malawi Congress Party (MCP) led by Chakwera in the Tonse Alliance led government,  has confirmed the development

Last month the Commission also terminated a contract for another deputy CEO for TC David Luka who was seconded to Chitedze Research Station.

President Chakwera said last week that those whose recruitment in the public sector did not comply with set procedures will be removed.

He said: “This [recruitment through political interference] is probably the biggest rubble we have, especially in MDAs [ministries, departments and agencies] and other governance institutions.

“That is why I have been systematically assessing the controlling officers in these places to make the necessary changes.”

The main opposition Democratic Progressive Party spokesperson Brown Mpinganjira  said the directives are were aimed at victimising innocent public servants and  an opportunity to victimise those they perceive to be DPP members or sympathisers as has been the case so far.

Mustafa Hussein, a political analyst at Chancellor College—a constituent college of the University of Malawi, welcomed the President’s  ‘clearing the rubble’ action with caution.

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Nambewe
Nambewe
6 months ago

Clearing the rubble kkkkkk

Nanyati
Nanyati
6 months ago

Someone tell this wannabe rabii.. being president is more than firing people. Make policies and implement them

Jah
Jah
6 months ago

Mmene muziti muyang’ane mmbuyo achewa atadzadza paliponse nanga anavota okha

Atuganire
Atuganire
6 months ago

Political interference at it’s height. Vote all of them away . Aaaati top cadets, ma rubbish!

Dan
Dan
6 months ago

In my view the DPP is just being unreasonable and we all hoped that by this time they should have wokedn to the reality that they were always wrong in their decisions when it came to the nations unity. And Brown must know this

Mpakateni
6 months ago

Ombodsmnan please don’t stop at TC. We also want the recruitment of Mtumodzi to be Director of Information in the Ministry of Information to be investigated as well.

Mpakateni
6 months ago

Koma ma BOard a ku MBC ndi MACRA ndi ogona zedi. Till now they are still snoring. I guess the composition was equally wrong.

Barbara Govati.
Barbara Govati.
6 months ago

The problem is that those who are fired are replaced using the same political influence. A case in point is that of Chikumbutso Mtumodzi. We’re produres followed in recruiting him?

Ginimbi
Ginimbi
6 months ago

Clearing the Rubble of Tobacco Commission is a welcome idea most Malawians were waiting for. The story of Levi Phelani is a thorn in the flesh. It was very unfair, uncalled for and sad they way Levi Phelani was recruited. Uyuyu ndi Cadet Wamkulu weniweni. The owner of the position was mistreated and given demoted position in the Civil Service. Levi Phelani,tunderualified, non-performer ntchito yake kuchita za DPP basi. Let the one who deserved this position go back to TC.

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