Muhara advises civil servants not to share ‘sensitive information’ for court purposes

The Chief Secretary to  government, Lloyd Muhara has moved to prevent all government offices from sharing what he calls “sensitive information” without his approval,  a way of making this government even less accountable than it currently is.

Muhara: No release of sensistive information

Muhara’s directive is contained in a memo seen by Nyasa Times to all ministries and departments.

His directive  also contravenes Section 11 sub-section 1(c) of the Corrupt Practices Act, which says: “The Director shall require any person in charge of any office or establishment of the Government, or the head, chairman, manager or chief executive officer of any public body or private body or produce or furnish within such time as may be specified by the Bureau, any document or a certified true copy of any document which is in his possession or under his control and which the Bureau considers necessary for the conduct of investigation into any alleged or suspected offence under this Act.”

Muhara is a lawyer by profession and before his appointment to Office and Cabinet, he was aowkring as High Court judge.

His directives comes also after lawyer Shadreck Mhango representing former Ministry of Finance budget director Paul Mphwiyo in a cashgate case, asked Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Mary Kachale to serve him with three documents relating to his client’s case.

The documents in question are Treasury Funding Authority Books for the period July to September 2013, Integrated Financial Management Information System (Ifmis) Uploading Records for the same period and minutes of reconciliation meeting between the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) and government team, including Mphwiyo.

Mphwiyo’s lawyer argued that Kalonga, a former assistant director in the then Ministry of Tourism and Culture, had made “a lot of serious allegations against the first accused”, which he could not ably tackle in his cross-examination without the documents.

The state is dragging its feet to produce the documents which the defence argue are critical to ensuring a fair trial and that it is also in the interest of justice.

In the case, Mphwiyo and 17 others are charged with conspiracy to defraud government, holding property belonging to government, theft, money laundering, fraudulently issuing 24 cheques worth K2.4 billion, abuse of public office and usage of proceeds of crime.

 

 

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Born free
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Prayer, prayer, prayer. Our God is not sleeping. Very soon we are going celebrate.

CIVIL SERVANT
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Curiouser and ciriouser

Mwenye
Guest

Muhara shud not have been Chief Secretary in the first place. He has never worked in the civil service. A career civil servant should have been appointed. For example, Dr Magwira has worked in the govt for more than 30 years. He knows govt inside out. But APM wants to be surrounded by Lomwes, home boys.

Harawa
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Nonsense from highest office. Pa*****ko muhura

Achi
Guest

Is there anyone among the so called homeboys who is qualified?

Gani
Guest

Dzana, you reported kuti Titus Mvalo was Mphwiyo’s lawyer(who requested these documents). Today, it’s Shadreck Mhango?? Timve ziti??
Kapena they both work for the same firm?

Satyagraha Reichstag
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It is unconstitutional and abuse of public service and retrogressive to implement the order. This conduct make a nockery of the reputation and authenticity of data and information from the Public Relations Officers, Controlling Officers. The duties of PS’s and Directors is also sabotaged. This type of conduct can promote propaganda in the public service. The same Government through the Act of Parliament passed Gender Equality Act, the law that was used to punish Aniva. The law may punished public servants for withholding of vital employment information. This may slow everything including academic research, policy research as it may delay… Read more »
Dr Gerald Shawa
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Iwe muhara nyapapi wachabe chabe. Don’t destroy our civil service. Nsetete zili thoooooo. Come I give you toilet tissue. Ukwataso MA secretary usiye

munthu
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Apa chikufunika ku Malawi is no longer discussion on social media, we need a revolution. Enough is Enough. It’s not on that a few individual should destroy this country whilst the rest of us are just looking. Freedom always comes at a price. Anthuwa akwana.

Ujeni
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Information Bill was passed but the president has not signed for it. Therefore, it remains the bill bwana Chisoka.

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