Lilongwe CEO Mmangisa’s contract expires, future uncertain

The contract of the Lilongwe City Council Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Kelvin Mmangisa,  has come to an end and now the future of the city boss hangs in balance following a campaign by other people to have him dismissed, Nyasa Times understand.

Information from our impeccable sources says that the contract expired at the end of last month, February, however the Ministry of Local Government has asked him to hang on as his fate is being decided.

“Mmangisa had already packed his belongings ready to go but the Ministry advised him to continue working as he waits for his letter,” a senior government official said.

Mmangisa: Waiting to hear his fate

Although Mmangisa is working, he is not sure as what will be the contents of the letter that he has been told to wait.

“It’s very tricky, it may be a letter thanking him for his services and not have his contract renewed or it may be a good news one having his contract extended,” said an official in the Office of President and Cabinet at the government heart beat, Capital Hill.

Meanwhile, Mmangisa has been trying to reach out to influential people in government circles that may help him rescue his bread earner.

Mid last week, Mmangisa was seen at Kamuzu International Airport welcoming Rhumba musician Kanda Bongoman who arrived in Malawi for a few shows.

One of the events where Bongoman played was graced by Malawi First Lady Callista Mutharika and Mmangisa was reported to be one of its organizers.

Mmangisa, has been involved in the organizing of many events for the First couple in Malawi and the Saturday event was just one of them.

He was reported to have been very close and may have also been related to Mutharika’s first wife, the late Ethel Mutharika as both of them hailed from the eastern region district of Zomba.

Coincidently, the current First Lady Callista also comes from Zomba and is reported to be close to Mmangisa as well.

His involvement in most of the First family’s events has also attracted him a lot of
enemies a development that resulted in his physical attack at an international airport two months ago.

On 9th January, thugs suspected to be members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) youth wing attacked Mmangisa at Kamuzu International Airport in broad day light as he welcomed President Bingu Wa Mutharika from the centenary celebrations of the African National Congress in South Africa.

The Lilongwe CEO was grabbed by the neck and forced out of the airport by DPP cadets wearing dark suits and glasses. No arrest has been made on the incident two months after it happened.
The cadets are reported to have told Mmangisa during the fracas that he was being punished for tarnishing the image of the DPP and that of President Mutharika.

According to unofficial reports, Mmangisa was being accused by some members in the party hierarchy for conducting a city street cleaning campaign removing all vendors in the administrative capital, Lilongwe using riot Police without seeking clearance from his authorities and consulting the vendors themselves.

The exercise resulted in riots that ended up in loss of millions worth of property in the capital.

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