CSO files lawsuit against MERA on employment of cashgate suspect

Officials from Centre for the Development of People (Cedep) say they are going to court this week to challenge the employment of Ishmael Chioko as the executive director of Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority  (Mera) because he is a cashgate suspect.

Trapence:  We want judicial review

Trapence: We want judicial interpretation

Executive director of Cedep Gift Trapence confirmed his organisation’s lawyers would be seeking the judicial interpretation on the matter.

“This shows lack of seriousness on the part of the government in the fight against corruption,” said Trapence.

Chioko is on bail after he was arrested on money laundering charges connected to the K30 billion plunder of public money at Capital Hill in Lilongwe, infamously known as cashgate.

However, Attorney General Kalekeni Kaphale said there was nothing wrong in appointing Chioko as Mera director general because he is still a suspect.

“He is innocent until the court rules otherwise,” he said.

President Peter Mutharika appointed Chioko as acting director general after Ralph Kamoto who was the director general was suspended after allegedly  misusing K3 billion from Mera’s Price Stabilisation Fund with instructions from the board.

He used the money to buy 10000 metric tonnes of maize and donated it to Admarc which sold it off without the authority of Finance minister Goodall Gondwe.

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NYASA TIMES This MAIZE saga. If the MERA Board indeed sanctioned the maize transaction, why is the same Board sanctioning Kamoto. Is this good Corporate governance?

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CSO are holding demonstrations peaceful on 28th October in protest of continuous blackouts and a call for early elections as DPP has clearly lost direction and they need to get mandate form people


you wil meet Justice K N already with his judgement.

chimzimu Chonyasa

Fighting dead wall my colleagues! Your efforts are commendable but look at the type of government and the court system this government is controlling? In Malawi anyone close to the ruling machine is law in him/herself. Learned lawyers do not tick in front of such people KKKKKKKK

Zosiyirana Izi

Absolutely right. Actually the problem with these guys is their indecision. They need to identify a political organisation that can truly uphold the national aspirations and decisively align themselves with it as was the case in Bingu’s time. Help such a party to kick out these funny mulakhos – and that’s it, all solved. Otherwise it will be an endless effort against a brick wall.

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