DMRMD quashes nepotism claims in civil service recruitment: Parliamentary committee queries job statistics

A powerful Parliament’s Public Appointments Committee on Tuesday summoned the secretary for Human Resource for an inquiry on allegations that there is nepotism in government job offers.

Kajawa: Expresses doubts over objectivity and  credibility of the report -Photo by Watipaso Mzungu, Nyasa Times

The inquiry comes high on the heels of allegations that the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) favours people from the Lhomwe-belt and from the southern region who are offered top jobs in the government.

But the Department of Human Resource Management and Development (DHRMD) has issued a report on the distribution of jobs in civil service, quashing the claims of nepotism in appointments.

In the report presented to the committee, Hillary Chimota the Principal Secretary for DMRMD said the recorded data does not demonstrate nepotism or bias in the civil service recruitment.

“We have fair distribution in the country, there is no nepotism and people are talking about nepotism without evidence,” said Chimota,

Nonetheless, chairperson Collins Kajawa has cast doubts on the credibility of the report and said his committee expect an elaborate data from the department in another meeting.

“We want DHRMD to have a very good recruitment strategy that takes into account equity and abilities of people and number of students graduating from tertiary institutions every year. It is a country that belongs to all of us,” said Kajawa, a member of Malawi Congress Party (MCP).

Based on the report, the Northern Region with a population of 2.2 million or 13 percent of the country’s population has 38 350 civil servants which represents 1.7 percent of the region’s population.

The north holds 21.9 percent of the positions in Grade P4 and above.

Second in terms of more jobs in the civil service is the Southern Region, with a population of 4.6 million or 26.6 percent of the national population. Its work force of 48 867 account for one percent of the region’s population. The south has 24.3 percent of jobs in Grade P4 and above.

The Central Region has 63 394 civil service jobs for a population of 7.5 million representing 0.84 percent if people in the region. In terms of position in Grade P4 and above, the region has 33 percent.

The Eastern Region has the least representation 0.35 percent for a population of 7.7 million. There are 27 253 civil servants from the Eastern Region, according to the report.

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Nzika
Nzika
10 months ago

Minister of Disability Is Mary Thom Navitcha. There is a Georgina Navitcha, a relation of the Minister, at MACOHA, a government statutory body, as an Executive Director. How this happened is not a coincidence. Your guess is as good as mine!

Gracious Benidictor Kasitomu
Gracious Benidictor Kasitomu
10 months ago

Nepotism at it’s best, sizinasiye malo izi they are leaving competent people because of their originalities and localities, we are victims of the same, serving for so many years withiout being considered with promotion,sponsorships to upgrade, neither do we considered for advances to pay for self sponsored career BUT let alone others would seen being advantaged on the basis of regions and tribe – GOD’S EYE NEVER BRICKS!!

Joni
Joni
10 months ago

IS MALAWI’S POPULATION OVER 22MILLION????!!!!!! Where is the man getting his info from??? tRYING TO DEFEND dpp WITH WRONG FIGURES!!!!!!

Halawala
Halawala
10 months ago

Chimota is a Lhomwe from PE and when he was in MoH he filled almost all senior posts by Lomwes. Readers how sure are you that the information he presented is credible and factual. Suppose he had twisted the figures would you know?. Caliph Al-mutharika is the architect of nepotism. get him out Malawi will be all Malawians.

Charlie Hebdo
Charlie Hebdo
10 months ago

HRMD whose boss is from Phalombe trying to split the South so it appears it is less represented. Should we say he does not know that Eastern Region is Southern Region split for administrative purposes only. Should we likewise split the Center in Eastern and Western Zones?

Very Bad
Very Bad
10 months ago

Mumangolembana pachibale m’bomamo, and the problem is not just the rulling party, even the small bosses recruit their nephews and nieces

chimalidzeni zimwanda
10 months ago

Join the discussion…which is the eastern religion of Malawi? this quite new description to me. may please enlighten me. I am chimaledzeni resigned in zambia kasama

Nabanda
10 months ago

Eastern Region of Malawi covers Mangochi, Machinga and Zomba and Balaka somehow.

Joni
Joni
10 months ago

It is the Yaoland along Lake Malawi…Mangochi, Machinga, Zomba, Liwonde etc……..it is also in the Southern Region but the DPP Govt which has its hq in the South use it as a trick to try to blindfold Malawians especially Northerners and those in The Central to deny that they are pushing all development projects to the South. They will tell you that any project in those districts is not in the South but Eastern Region………pure madness and theft…. In reality the so called Eastern Region is part and parcel of the Southern Region……that is the way Malawi is realistically divided… Read more »

MarkomX
MarkomX
10 months ago

How stupid MCP MP’s are?at the same time you are up against quota system which meant for equitably sharing of national cake.

Noxy
10 months ago

So no nepotism as claimed by the incompetent opposition Shame

Debora
Debora
10 months ago

Chimoto you are stupid. Where do you come from yourself. Do not stand on podium and say nonsense. Are u disputing the fact that positions in the public sector are being given on the basis of where one is coming from? are you not aware that nearly all institutions that are funded by government are headed by Lhomwes o people from the south. Dont be stupid and fool us

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