Mutharika appoints Gerald Viola as deputy chief executive for NFRA

President Peter Mutharika has appointed former broadcaster Gerald Viola as deputy chief executive officer for the state run grain storage facility, the National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA).

Viola: NFRA deputy boss

Viola served as the second press secretary for Mutharika before he was fired because of his poor relationship with some media houses as he was accused of refusing to invite some private media houses’ journalists for presidential functions coverage.

He briefly worked in the ministry of Information as technical advisor before he was appointed to another lucrative job in the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) as number four after the secretary to the cabinet.

In an internal memo to other members of staff which Nyasa Times has seen, NFRA chief executive officer Nasimuko says Viola was appointed to his position from September 2, 2019.

“Please, join me in welcoming our deputy chief to our beautiful agency. Let us do our best to allow him to settle down,” says the memo in part.

However, some Malawians writing in various social media platforms have described the appointment as political appeasement.

Viola vied for a parliamentary seat in Chikhwawa but failed to win the election.

He was briefly arrested during the election vote counting period on allegations that he was involved in vote rigging and result manipulation in Chikhwawa, an allegation which was not proved and the police released him unconditionally.

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tung'ande
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tung'ande

Though I support DPP but this president is clueless on appointments. He appoints debris to head key organisations. This is mediocray and that is the more reason this country has not performed in all the years that he has been president. Even in most key government departments he has hired useless people as directors who know nothing about ministries and their only occupation is to claim allowance and create useless trips. Lately you have seen ministers going around to do tours of departments. These minister are accompanied with over 20 of such allowance predators. Wake up Peter. You are sleeping… Read more »

Amayoo
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Amayoo

The whole Malawi government is a criminal enterprise. Mphwiyo anakuwuzani kale. Mufunilani umboni wina??

STANBROOK SC
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MALAWI IS IN ICU.

Malemia
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Malemia

You’ll be there very briefly

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

chipepeso ca makofi adzana aja?????? kkkkkkkk

Aalex
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Aalex

Hahahaha. Koma. Siaja anali kumbuyo kwa lorry atapezeka akuthamanga zobela mavoti awa Mr Viola? Komadi ndale zalowa chibwana bwanji? Eee. Malawi ali pa mabvuto. Kugawana molimba ntina pomwe amalawi ena akuvutika ndi umphawi. We know our God. He is good and he will save us from this evil. He will not let his children suffer under the hand of these thieves.

Angoni apaphata
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Angoni apaphata

Amalawi. Ine ndili ndi uncle anga a tchona koma mmene anadinyozeramo… Pano abisala Mike chona

NTABA
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UYUTU NDI UJA ANAPEZEKA NDI MA BALLOT OCHONGACHONGA NDI MNZAKE DAUSI
KUCHOKERA KU NSANJE NDI CHIKWAWA —-KODI KUMPOTO NDI PAKATI KULIBE WANTHU WOTI MAUDINDO ENAWA NKUWAPATSAKO ?? EIISH

Kapado Chimulirenji
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Mutharika is a big embarrassment. A Form 4 and Primary School Teaching certificates holder to be second in command at a statutory corporation. Educated people are still walking a long distance. NFRA is dead and it will be dead as MBC.Bingu was far much better in his choice of employees.

Maka
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Maka

They were afraid he could spill the beans. He must have been heard saying that I am suffering after working so hard to help. Afraid that he can spill the beans this is the reward. Not sure what else they can do to Uladi Mussa nawo.

Citizen #1million
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Citizen #1million

This man had his pictures all social media , bundled in a back of a pick-up van after being caught red handed trying to rig the election for Mutharika, and now he is appointed into a public office!! It just beggars belief, I mean the president is not even trying to hide the fact that he is rewarding people who helped him. I know it’s only a deputy for nkhokwe, but is this kind of appointment exempt from scrutiny by the public appointments committee (PAC) parliament?? Gerald Viola! Oh boy!!!