Mutharika criticised for swallowing public service reforms

President Peter Mutharika has come under intense fire for literary swallowing public service reforms when he appointed former reforms commissioner to be CEO for debt ridden and under performing power generating company, Escom.

Evelyn Mwapasa: Appointed CEO of Escom

Evelyn Mwapasa is set to take up her new position at Escom on April 1.

However, as a public service reforms commissioner, Mwapasa highly recommended to government that all public and civil service appointments, including those in parastatals, should be procedurally done by advertising for the positions and the best candidate after the interviews picked.

However, Mutharika has just appointed Mwapasa, who is currently the CEO for Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Malawians, writing in social media, have condemned the president for eating his own words on public appointments visa viz public service reforms.

They accuse Mutharika and his administration of nepotism, tribalism and favouritism in the awards of jobs and contracts after it transpired that Mwapasa never went for any interviews.

In his speech during the launch of the public service reforms, Mutharika emphatically said: “Let us accept change, open up our fixed mindset so that we start anew and afresh in rebuilding our nation…This time around reforming the public service is not a matter of multiple choice. It will be done and it must be done. And it must be done now.”

It has transpired that Escom decided to hold interviews for the position of chief executive officer and other top positions but changed later.

Chairman of Escom Jean Mathamanga confirmed some rules and procedures may have been flouted when the decision to interview candidates for the top Escom positions were cancelled.

 

 

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10 thoughts on “Mutharika criticised for swallowing public service reforms”

  1. Concerned says:

    Brainy, educated & effective she may be but things should be done following protocol, not otherwise. Uyu Mutharika saadzamva ayi!

  2. Malawian says:

    MY CONCERN IS THAT MWAPASA AND SEODE WHITE WERE COMMISSIONERS IN THE CIVIL SERVICE REFORM COMMISSION. AT THE END OF THE REVIEW, THEY HAVE GOT THEMSELVES JOBS IN THE VERY CIVIL SERVICE THEY WERE REVIEWING WITHOUT GOING FOR INTERVIEWS.
    ISN’T THIS A CASE OF CONFLICT OF INTEREST? WHERE ARE THE PROFESSIONAL ETHICS? I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT MWAPASA IS PROFESSIONAL ENOUGH TO NOTE THIS. NOT SURE ABOUT SEODE THOUGH.

  3. Kahuna Big says:

    Wife to body guard of late Kahuna now accelerareted to deputy …..? Tribalism at peak!!!

  4. naphiri says:

    this hand picking has to stop! how can any handpicked manager say no to board directives that are not in order? they will obviously feel they owe the board – otherwise get ready for shady procurement deals. am not against anyone so appointed but i wish good governance practice was done on the issue not thrown to the dogs! what was the criteria for letting others go and extending employment contracts for others? are the directors aware of governance issues at all?!

  5. Dodolido says:

    If I were Mwapasa I would have refused the appointment. But not in Malawi. You will surely soon she soon be a puppet of DPP. Throwing all standards to the dogs. MONEY TALKS IN MALAWI

  6. Chakulungwa says:

    FACTS FIRST: Ms. Mwapasa is a brainy, educated, effective leader and critical thinker (She is qualified). She is Yao from Zomba actually very close to the JB family home in Domasi (She is NOT Lomwe).
    Was she handpicked – Yes and No…. but this phallacy of equity for critical and crucial organizations such as ESCOM which with the recent performance can easily bring down an administration, I don’t blame DPP for placing an individual whos is loyal to the DPP.. She has to deliver and we will all benefit from it.
    DPP took too long to reposition itself in all these organizations as a result things were not moving.
    I personally wish her well, if she comes with the President’s goodwill and direct access, it might help us in the long run!
    For what ESCOM its too politically sensitive to give to a kanganya a sabotage.

    We wish you well Evelyn.

  7. Finye says:

    Point of correction. Ms Mwapasa is not a Lomwe. She is a Yao. So I don’t see any tribalism here. But if we were to talk of the other elements then I may second some of your views here. For sure interviews were the only way to go if we are to be serious with governance issues

  8. Dr Patel says:

    Za manyiiiii

  9. Kachenga says:

    Malawians should learn to learn things fast. Its high time we learnt that Peter is not up for serious business. The earlier we accepted this fact the better because we will now know what to do next. To keep on giving benefits of doubt is eating up our country. The fact that we continue to fail to differentiate a leader from a noise maker keeps us on the crossroads all the time. Peter has never shown any element of seriousness in governing this nation from the word go. We are all witnesses to this truth. It shouldn’t be therefore coming as a surprise to see that man acting less than the expectation. Let us accept, we, as Malawians goofed. We goofed big time in giving this guy the mandate to rule the nation. This acceptance will lead us to start thinking on how best to reverse the situation and reclaim our nation.

  10. Chimwemwe says:

    I know Ms Mwapasa is educated and a critical thinker. I have no doubt she is fit for the CEO position. However if the position was not advertised and Ms mwapasa was handpicked without competition from other capable homo sapiens then I have a problem there. I would also join those crying nepotism, favouritism and indeed tribalism!

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