Muhara risks arrest: Malawi gender activist wants law on appointing 40% of women into public positions to be obeyed

Chief Secretary to Office of President and Cabinet Lloyd Muhara risks arrest following an escalated campaign by gender activists to arrest top government officials who fail to appoint 40% of women into public positions.

Kaliya:Enough is enough

Emma Kaliya, a gender activist, said enough is enough, the appointing authorities in both public and private institutions should be arrested to force them obey the law. “The people charged with the responsibility of appointing people in both private and public institutions should account for their actions,” she said, adding, “the culture of impunity should end.”

Section 11 of the 2013 Gender Equality Act explicitly says appointments of not less than 40% and not more than 60% in public service should be of women.

President Peter Mutharika is the principal appointing authority in public offices through the secretary to the Office of President and Cabinet.

Mutharika is immune from any prosecution as long as he is the Republican President.

There are only three lady cabinet ministers in Mutharika’s 20 member cabinet.

Kaliya said gender organisations have now started monitoring the situation in both the public and private sectors and would drag to court those who fail to adhere to the law.

Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :

Please share this Article if you like Email This Post Email This Post

More From the World

Sort by:   newest | oldest | most voted

yes yes please observe institutions like MRA, MACRA , MBS no women are appointed into higher positions unless they offer sex. MRA has more qualified women but you rarely see them in higher positions: This nonsense must stop!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Mr president please rescue women from vultures


These Freedoms of this and that are sometimes a waste of time, energy and resources. You don’t just someone because they’re women. You must be qualified. Kaliya thinks she is in Sweden or Denmark or Norway. We have a long way to be such developed. It will be a landmark case to convicted as a result of breaking this law


Speaking from a point of utter and pathetic ignorance just invites ridicule!


this emma Kaliya is sick indeed she is arguing as if she did go to school and read the law properly. The secretary to the government does not have power to appoint such individuals it is only the president who appoints and the secretary to the government announces of the appointment. Then it cannot be said that the appointment are done by the secretary. go and read the law of agency, this secretary is an agent of the government or if you like the president.

Paul Mwanza

What a stupid law and dumb comment. You just don’t appoint women even if they don’t qualify for the position. Wise up Malawi. What should be eliminated is the discrimination of women.

More From Nyasatimes