Mutharika endorses Kalemba as Clerk of Parliament, rejects Judge Mkandawire

President Peter Mutharika has picked Fiona Kalemba as the new clerk of parliament, heightening the tension between the President and the Speaker who had his own choice.

Charles Mkandawire: PSC recommended his name for Presidential appointment
Charles Mkandawire: PSC recommended his name for Presidential appointment

Sources at Kamuzu Palace confirmed the appointment of Kalemba.

Speaker of the National Assembly Richard Msowoya preferred former industrial court judge Charles Mkandawire who reportedly came first during interviews at parliament chaired by Msowoya himself.

However, Mutharika sensed nepotism and tribalism in the way the interviews were conducted and demanded he sees the file of the interviews.

“Parliament will be told of the appointment,” said our source.

Parliament officials said they could only comment after getting an official letter.

Kalemba”s first assignment is to ensure smooth seating of the forthcoming parliament which starts meeting this Friday

The rejection of Mkandawire as the new clerk of parliament comes at a time when the relationship between parliament and the executive arm of government is at all time low following the leaking of information that showed extravagance at parliament of public money by the speaker and leader of opposition Lazarus Chakwera who are both the top leadership of the opposition Malawi Congress Party.

During the interviews at parliament, Grace Malera of Malawi Human rights Commission came second and Arthur Nanthulu, former commissioner at Malawi Electoral Commission came fourth.

Before her appointment, Kalemba worked in the ministry of justice.

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Hb
Hb
5 years ago

Congratulations Fiona Kalemba! Amazing. Atumbuka atitopetsa

nachisale
nachisale
5 years ago

Arnold, men have created a world that disadvantages women. If women were to be treated as equals right from the village where they are the ones doing all the chores – fetching water, firewood, cooking, looking after children, then we would have to use merit. Unfortunately, women are put down by an oppressed patriarchal system which favours men in the home, within the education system and at work. I therefore find it bigoted and unfair for you not to realise that we need affirmative action until the day when the ground will be levelled. Our men in Malawi and Africa… Read more »

Manuel
Manuel
5 years ago

Game yathera draw…. he he hee!

majamanda
majamanda
5 years ago

I think the reporter is also a Lomwe. How can he say ”Mutharika sensed” How did Mutharika know or sensed?

njakwa
njakwa
5 years ago

I think the reporter is also a Lomwe. How can he say ”Mutharika sensed” How did Mutharika know or sensed?

Pondani
Pondani
5 years ago

At 58, you are right. Seeds of a revolution are ripe. Unfortunately, this silly president does not see. Can someone tell him how the war between Hutus and Tutsis started in Rwanda? It only takes a simple thing. He does not even know that northerners roughed up and chased some Southerners after 1999 general elections. several southerners took refuge at Red Cross camps for fear of the lives. When pipo are tired they have nothing to lose.

mtumbuka selfish dog
mtumbuka selfish dog
5 years ago

Congratulations Fiona don’t believe these fake stories. Go to parliament and do your job

Lawyer
Lawyer
5 years ago

Fio, congrats! God should continue to guide you in your professional endeavours.

John mwale
5 years ago

Bola usakhale opanda mzeru ngati amuna ako a bruno.

Harawa
Harawa
5 years ago

Evident examples of nepotism in Malawi: Peter Nkhonjera (Dir. of HR) Masubizgo Nkhonjera (HR officer) both Mzimba North, Rogders Gondwe (Sr. accountant) Maurice Matewere (accountant) both Rumphi, Emmanuel banda (sr. M&E) Abel Kavuta (m&e officer) both karonga & Chitipa respectively, doris, lesha, just to mention few.

Bravo peter mutharika!!!! if you more evidence ask me

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