President Joyce Banda has appointed Dye Mawindo as the new director for the Office of Director of Public Procurement (ODPP).
Mawindo, a former executive director for the Malawi Privatization Commission replaces Bright Mangulama, a veteran civil servant who reached his government retirement age in February this year.
The ODPP had been operating without heads for almost two months now as a result of another expiry of a contract for deputy director Isaac Chilima a few months ago.
Making the announcement in the administrative capital, Lilongwe, Friday, the Office of the Chief Secretary to Government said following the powers vested in the State President Her Excellency Mrs Joyce Banda through the ODPP Act, she has appointed Dye Mawindo as the new ODPP director.
The OPC said that the appointment of Mawindo was with effect from Friday, the 27th of April, 2012.
Apart from working as a executive director for the Malawi Privatization Commission, Mawindo also worked as non-executive chairman for Globe Metals & Mining (African) Ltd.
Mawindo has also done a lot of consultancies with reputable international bodies including the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) among many others.
Following her ascendancy into power on 7th April, 2012 President Banda has made swift changes in Malawi government agencies and departments in order to drive this southern African country into the right direction following a decline in the country’s economic drive and human rights record at least in the last three years under late President Bingu Wa Mutharika.
In most of the decisions that the State President has made, local and international commentators have hailed the African’s only second female President for having a zeal in making critical decisions to put Malawi, back on the road to prosperity.
According to the Public Procurement Act, Malawi State President is empowered to appoint the ODPP director and deputy director who are then required to be confirmed by Parliament in order to start working.