CSO alleges MERA CEO Kachaje doesn’t have a Masters’ Degree

Forum for National Development (FND) has requested the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) to investigate Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA), Henry Kachaje, alleging that Kachaje does not possess the required educational and professional qualifications.

In a letter dated August 25, 2021, and addressed to the ACB Director General Martha Chizuma, FND National Coordinator Fryson Chodzi alleges that the newly appointed MERA chief got might gotten unfair advantage over many other people who could have applied for the job if MERA was honest with its requirement.

MERA CEO Henry Kachaje

Chodzi claims his organization received complaints that Kachaje does not possess a Masters’ Degree and the necessary experience, which are primary requirements for the job.

“We have attached the advert, which MERA issued as a requirement for the position of the CEO. We would like your office to investigate the allegations,” he says in the letter.

“If the assertions are true, how Mr. Kachaje got shortlisted to the interviews, let alone appointed, is a mystery, leaving out other equally qualified people. Madam, you might wish to note that a lot of qualified people holding Bachelors’ Degrees never applied for this job because of the Masters’ Degree requirement,” he alleges.

“We also attach the investigative report titled “Institutional Anarchy”, which the Ombudsman wrote in reference to the previous recruitment at MERA where people without necessary qualification, and this appointment seems to be the continuation of the same. Please make reference to the report. As an institution, we seek your intervention within reasonable time and expect to hear from you on how you will proceed on this matter,” thus ends his letter Chodzi.

Kachaje did not respond to questions when we sought his comment on the matter.

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Jima
1 year ago

It seems all academic people people wants the post of CEO in MERA, cause they know that, it’s a good job to look after your pockets. The question is how many companies in malawi are prospering today which holds the positions of CEOs? The CEOs in malawi, we have heard or we read in newspapers, or other social media such like fb, nyasa times, most stories are that CEOs have misappropriated funds, in various companies in malawi. So there is tussle at MERA, no wonder so many applicants are asking the anti corruption bureau to investigate Harry. After all stealing… Read more »

Chimkazi Chakwathu
Chimkazi Chakwathu
1 year ago

Mulekeni Kachaje! He is not the first CEO or controlling officer without a Masters Degree. Mongokumbusana, ma PS ambiri alibe Masters. Komanso ma Directors ambiri mbomamu alibe Masters Degree.

Concerned citizen
Concerned citizen
1 year ago

What has become of Malawi? Is Chodzi taking Kachaje or MERA Board to task? He has gone to the already over-burdened ACB to verify a CEO’s qualifications. Was it not possible to go and meet the Board to inquire on the same using the Access to information law? Did the CEO need to publish his qualifications in a newspaper for the general public to verify them? Suppose that the CEO produces the demanded qualifications, will it not be a case of defamation? I suggest that we should be careful when making certain demands publicly. Not long ago today, a politician… Read more »

President Mkango Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza
1 year ago

No Masters no job period. Not qualified

Good
Good
1 year ago

Let Henry Kachaje bring out his Masters if he has. Otherwise remove him from that CEO post immediately. We are tired of lawlessness

Kamchiputu
1 year ago

I guess in a way you agree with Chodzi’s argument. This clearly reveals that the advert was poorly crafted. In normal situations you allow both Bachelor’s degree or Master’s degree holders to comptete. The advert must however, state clearly that those with Bachelor’s degree must demonstrate that they have more years, say 15 years of experience than those with Mastere;s degrees in order to blalnce the equation. This happens even in the UN including the World Bank and other reputable international organisations. The peoblem with Malawians is that they put up a job advert to target specific people. You cannot… Read more »

Japan mee
Japan mee
1 year ago

Fryson Chonzi za ma Degree ndi Masters umadzidziwira kuti munthu wa Form 4 ngati iwe. Dzisiyeni za anthu za anthu ophunzira izi. Which university did you go. Chonzi is a mere form 4 person. Manyazi azikugwirani za school asiyileni eni ake.

Nzeru zakuya
Nzeru zakuya
1 year ago

You are a political analyst not a human resources analyst. It’s evidently clear from your argument. The issue under discussion is not about relevance of Masters and PhDs rather human resources recruitment procedure. You are addressing a different matter not one on the table. Chodzi is right. If the allegation is correct, then Kachaje is not qualified for that job. If masters is not important then why including it as one of the requirements in the first place.

Lovemore Mukhakiwa
Lovemore Mukhakiwa
1 year ago

He should have done his homework. Kachaje has Msc degree. Propaganda yalephereka

Mute
Mute
1 year ago

He has the ethical muscle

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