There is controversy over the recent appointment of Mervis Mangulenje as Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) board chairperson as the appointment is said not to have the blessings of President Peter Mutharika.
Nyasa Times sources can reveal Mutharika has since summoned officials from Statutory Corporation and Office of the President and Cabinet to explain how Mangulenje was confirmed as Chairperson without his knowledge.
Macra on its website – www.macra.org.mw -posted an announcement of Mangulenje’s appointment with effect from February 5, 2016 but there are instructions from State House to take down the announcement ‘until all the approvals are done’.
“The Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Mervis Mangulenje as Board Chairperson of the Authority with effect from February 5, 2016.
“Ms Mangulenje replaces the late Mrs. Alissa Makawa who passed away in October 2015. The Authority also welcomes the appointment of Mr. Sheend Mwala as Director of the board,” reads the statement in part.
The statement was expected to be flighted as a full page advert in the country’s two newspapers, The Daily Times and The Nation but Macra has been advised to put it on hold.
“The communication we have received is that we cannot make public these appointments because they have not been gazetted,” said an officer from Macra who spoke on condition of anonymity.
But Nyasa Times understand that President Mutharika was of the view that ‘there is too much childishness’ at Macra and that there was need to get ‘someone serious’ to head the authority.
Recently, government swapped Godfrey Itaye, former Postmaster General with Andrew Kumbatira who was Director General at Macra for less than a year.