Economist Chataghalala Munthali appointed boss for Malawi planning commission ‘on merit’

A renowned economist Thomas Chataghalala Munthali has been appointed  as the Director General of the National Planning Commission (NPC),  a body that will be formulating long-term national vision and strategy for socio-economic development.

Thomas Chataghalala Munthali: To head planning commission

Munthali has been appointed by the Commission’s board through a competitive recruitment process as required under the NPC Act of 2017.

The Government of Malawi established NPC by an Act of Parliament of 2017 to oversee the implementation of long-term national vision.

The commission will  also spearhead the implementation of the National Development Strategy (NDS) and guide the country’s long-term development agenda.

It was  launched in Lilongwe early last year and President Peter Mutharika appointed a six-member commission comprising Professor Ephraim Wadonda Chirw,  Mercy Masoo, Professor Richard Mkandawire ( socio-economist and rural development expert), Graham Chipande, Abigail Dzimadzi and Evance Mwathunga.

This followed the assenting to of the NPC Act by Mutharika in January 2017.

The African Institute for Corporate Citizenship (AICC) is on record to hve cautioned against bringing politics into the operations of the NP).

AICC chief executive officer Felix Lombe said separation of politics from the operations of the commission is paramount to ensuring that the body is effective and efficient in carrying out its mandat

The commission will also spearhead the formulation of innovative and progressive flagship projects in line with the national vision.

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Jacob
Jacob
3 years ago

I hope the secretariat will be appointed with his coming very soon. What is National Water Resources Authority Board doing as far as the appointment of the CEO for the authority is concerned. I hope it will be merit-based appointment. Osangotenga maguy ali ku Water Resources Board in the ministry. It will not perform as expected azapanga zachiboma eeeeeee

Charo Cha Pasi
Charo Cha Pasi
3 years ago

Though I don’t much often agree with these Atumbukas, I have high respects for this guy Thomas Chataghalala Munthali. My friend I always read your articles in the weekend paper. They help me a lot. Surely you pump some sense into my brain when it comes to thinking about investing. This guy is a genius. Many Tumbukas are hardworkers when it comes to schooling koma musiye kuzikonda anthu inu. Timakukondani kwambiri.

Wandu
Wandu
3 years ago

ATumbuka kuti ziiii. If it had been someone from the south, ikanakhala nkhani even ma demostrations.

Chikula mayembe
3 years ago
Reply to  Wandu

Amafuna zabwino zonse zizikhala zawo

Lulu
Lulu
3 years ago

You are right. They always want to enjoy all the good things in this country. Now they are talking about Thomas Chataghalala being chosen on merit. NO. He has been chosen because of the quota system principle – an understanding that all people from all tribes need to have equal access to national resources. Otherwise, they would have chosen someone from the South or Central. Kuzikonda basi. If they had chosen someone from the south, kukanakhala phokoso ndikunyoza boma la DPP.

Chikula Mayembe
3 years ago

As long as there was a Tumbuka in a panel, there is no merit. Za athu awa timaziziwa. Pali athu a mitundu ina amene ali more qualified koma you will never see merit system ikugwila mtchito. Za ambwenu ambwenu timazidzidziwa ife.

ZDB Chiyenda Yekha
3 years ago

True brother…no merit here

tuntufye
tuntufye
3 years ago

Congrats Thomas, You deserve it please use ur passion to contribute to the betterment of the country

bullets
bullets
3 years ago

People want mombela university not appointments. Merit when there is the old man who might have influenced this merit and wakwithu syndrome. Thomas is one intelligent Malawian. He deserves presidency or minister of finance or runningmate

Pastor Lukaku
Pastor Lukaku
3 years ago

My advice to Thomas: Be creative. You tend to stick too much to orthodox economics. We all know it does not work. Try to challenge the orthodoxy, be visionary. Malawi will thank you later.

Mirella K
Mirella K
3 years ago

Congratulations bwana Chataghalala. Taghalalani kumeneko basi tione kuti Malawi atukuka motani. All the best!

Kibaki
Kibaki
3 years ago

a highly educated youngman. He got his doctorate at a very tender age.

Wiza
Wiza
3 years ago

Congratulations.

Should have been also the development wing of the country

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