MP Kawale wants Chizuma appointment reconsidered at PAC meeting

Dowa North East legislator and Malawi Congress Party (MCP) chief whip in the national assembly, Samuel Dalitso Kawale, has given notice that a motion to rescind the decision of not confirming Martha Chizuma as would-be director general of the Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) be moved in the Public Appointments Committee (PAC) meeting on Monday, May 17.

Kawale, a member of the 20-member PAC, will move the motion high on the heels of mounting pressure from the citizenry that the Committee goofed and, therefore, should re-do the confirmation interview for Chizuma.

Sam Kawale: Originated the motion

Chizuma, a professional with a Masters of Law degree and an impeccable track record as ombudsman, failed the confirmation interview after she scored 14.9 of the expected minimum 17 mark.

Nine of the 18 members present during the confirmation interview scored her 1 out of 25.

Notice of Motion

According to the notice by Kawale received by the Clerk of Parliament (CoP) on May 16, 2021, which Nyasa Times has seen, the Committee will proceed to reconsider Chizuma’s appointment after the motion is moved.

Reads the notice: “That in view of the developments surrounding the decision of the Public Appointments Committee not to confirm Ms Martha Chizuma as Director General of the Anti-Corruption Bureau which took place on 11th May 2021, this committee rescinds its decision not to confirm Ms Martha Chizuma and that consequently, this committee will proceed to reconsider her appointment and communicate the resultant decision to the House.”

Leader of the House, Richard Chimwendo Banda, last Wednesday moved that PAC furnish the House with a report on the reasons why they rejected Chizuma as ACB czar.

Parliament was supposed to resume business on Monday, May 17 after President Lazarus Chakwera opened its 49th session, but it will not as the country will honour the Eid ul-fitr holiday that was celebrated over the weekend.

Encouraging move

Malawians on social media have since hailed Kawale with most saying that they “will not rest until Chizuma is confirmed as ACB director.”

Stanley Onjezani Kenani wrote on his Facebook page that giving up was not an option.

In an earlier post, Kenani, in response to an exclusive interview PAC chair Joyce Chitsulo granted to Times Television broadcast on Saturday evening said much as she “spoke well,” it was clear that the Committee had not been “open, accountable and transparent” since the scoring was done in secret.

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m_N
25 days ago

One the few smart legislators in the country

Wakwiya ndi Kadeti
26 days ago

DPP was behind this. The thieves are behind this. They want ACB to be doing nothing. We cannot continue wasting time on organizations that don’t work. This is tax payers money. Parliament is the arm of government that wastes tax payers money.

Munthu
26 days ago

Shame on you PAC!

Anzelu ndi Anzelu
Anzelu ndi Anzelu
26 days ago

We had good people like the late Mary Nangwale being rejected by PAC for the Inspector General post and you remained quiet. What goes around, comes around.

Kapoli
Kapoli
26 days ago

Deliberations in parliament are conducted openly (Parliament has even got its own TV channel), why should PAC, a subcommittee of the whole house, conduct its deliberations in secret? In as much as Hon Chitsulo says that all legal procedures were followed in PAC’s determination, the procedure adopted in this instance lacked transparency. This is parliament. Why vote in secret? The score-rating method is an appropriate one for the first professional interview that was conducted, but for the confirmation interview roll call or voting by raising of hands should have been adopted for the sake of transparency and accountability. In the… Read more »

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
26 days ago

I am Ashamed on Behalf of PAC.

TMAN
26 days ago

She may try again kkkkk Malawi sazaamva.Osangomutola bwanji ngati mwamkondesesa.Otenga ma injuctions muli kutiko?

Last edited 26 days ago by TMAN
John Banda
John Banda
26 days ago

Mr. Kawale where were you when this committee was meeting? What are the duties of this committee? If having a Master’s degree in Law is the requirement for the post , why did OPC ask her to face the PAC. Let’s respect PAC as it has been there since. PAC is not there as a rubber stamp ayi.

Banda
Banda
26 days ago

Rage and Frenzy Will Pull Down More in a half an hour Than Prudence, Deliberation and Foresight can build up in a Hundred years.
Edmond Burke 1729-1797

Banda
Banda
26 days ago

The Only Thing Necessary for the Triumph of Evil is For Good Men to Do Nothing.
Edmond Burke 1729-1797

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