Mwenye installed as acting CEO for Lilongwe Water Board: Ministry of Agriculture gets 2 CEOs on secondment

Lilongwe Water Board (LWB)  Director of Corporate Services, Moses Mwenye  has replaced  chief executive officer Alfonso Chikuni  in an acting capacity as the former boss has been removed from the parastatal.

Mwenye: Engaged in acting capacity
Chikuni:  Removed as CEO of Lilongwe Water Board 
Mauwa: On secondment to Ministry of Agriculture

Government has moved Chikuni to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development where he will serve as chief director responsible for irrigation and water development, according to a letter dated December 9 2019 signed by Chief Secretary to Government Lloyd Muhara.

Chikuni has since been replaced at LWB by Mwenye, a holder of Master of Arts (Human Resource Management) from University of Malawi.

Government sources say people should expect more changes coming in a quest to improve service delivery at the board and also curb corruption especially in the procurement of services and goods.

Mwenye will have to step in and redeem LWB from the concerns of  alleged corrupt pracises in procurement of services including the way the board intends to award contract to Sawa Group including  huge debts it cannot pay.

LWB obtained  a $17 million (about K12.5 billion) loan from National Bank of Malawi (NBM) to meet some preparatory works for the K400 billion water project awarded to South Africa-based engineering firm Khato Civils, requiring it to pay NBM close to K600 million monthly.

Chikuni become a second CEO from  State enterprise this month to be seconded  to Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development. The first one was Margret Roka-Mauwa who was removed as head of  Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc).

Mauwa’s removal was a direct reaction to threats of an industrial action Admarc employees made. The staff at State produce trader  also demanded the removal of director of finance Harold Mwala and company secretary James Kaphale on allegations of abuse of office and mismanagement of resources.

Roka-Mauwa was seconded to Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Water Development as controller of agricultural extension and technical services according to a letter dated December 2 2019 signed by Muhara.

There is also similarities of Chikuni and Mauwa as Muhara says under the terms of her secondment, both former CEO’s  will continue receiving their salary and other benefits they are  entitled to from the statutory corporation, but government will be reimbursing the same to the parastatals on a quarterly basis.

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Mutokototoko
Mutokototoko
9 months ago

Congratulations to my classmate at Chanco HRM group- Mwenye has what it takes to lead in administrative and Management matters. No politics attached to this appointment. He can perform . Give him substantive position and you will see changes at LWB

Joni
Joni
9 months ago

This is how DPP Govt operates….they hate progress and like mediocrity…..Alfonso is one of the best Engineers to have worked for LWB…his accolades and international awards can testify but may be he was not remitting money to DPP for the party to chew or he did not approve a cadet to get a contract with LWB thats why they have removed him……

Dziko ili tikupha tokha poyika anthu olakwika mumaudindo antchito za boma ndi makampane a boma……

Nzeru Banda
9 months ago

This is a Game Changing decision by Govt. This is the way to go. I have been propagating that we need a policy change in recruitment of CEOs mainly in Water Boards where the traditional norm has been recruitment of Civil Engineers whose administration leaves a lot to be desired. We need administrators to run these facilities. Engineers are supposed to design projects and follow them to their completion in the field. We need to make proper placement of Human Resources if we are to move forward as a country.

Asante
Asante
9 months ago
Reply to  Nzeru Banda

Oh sir Nzeru Banda since you know so much about engineers and they should be doing why not go be the ceo? Please help your country ey talk is cheap…out here blabbing but if given the opportunity it would be the end of us nxah

pat kalumba
pat kalumba
9 months ago
Reply to  Nzeru Banda

I stand to differ with u sir because an institution that is technical in nature like waterboard ,Escom mbs even admarc needs techncolants the stated fields to head the institution for the simple reason that they best understand the operational needs of the institution and believe you me Lilongwe waterboards performed great with Eng. Chikuni as CEO just check the water improvements around Lilongwe cant be compared with any other water board in the land .its just politics at work here coz the so called khato scandal was instigated by the government

Mtonga Mwana
Mtonga Mwana
9 months ago

Are we not transferring problems here? Are we not overburdening LWB here by paying the gentleman his full salary and benefits while rendering his services elsewhere? Why not firing the non performers?

Asante
Asante
9 months ago
Reply to  Mtonga Mwana

Mtonga Mwana go and fire him

Odala
Odala
9 months ago
Reply to  Asante

Alfonso Chikuni has a daughter called Asante!!! Empty in the head and got government scholarship to study in China. She was once sent to LUANAR on internship through connections with the LUANAR gurus, Which Asante are you?

Asante
Asante
9 months ago
Reply to  Odala

Odala why don’t we go and ask your father that stupid question?

Asante
Asante
9 months ago
Reply to  Odala

So wait Asante Chikuni is now empty in the head? Ummm how did she get the scholarship? Or was it through your mother? And if she got an internship because of connections how is that your problem? It is you ur father ur mother and your whole family that are empty in the head….btw which odala are you? Where do you work? Which company? Or are you in China? It is your whole family that is empty in the head….find me and tell me all these things to my face…there are some details you have left out madam….so come and… Read more »

Asante
Asante
9 months ago
Reply to  Odala

Odala or whatever you call yourself I can see you are one of the bitches that go on stalking people’s children so why not tell us everything????? Go ahead…find me don’t be hiding behind names…you talk as if you are bitter…tell us everything…how old is she? Does she have a boyfriend? Which schools she went to…how many times she takes a shit in a day….go ahead now…maybe when you can do that you will be able to be someone’s proper side chick or to even be accepted…bitch

Asante
Asante
9 months ago
Reply to  Odala

Odala her Facebook is Asante Chikuni i could’ve given you instagram and other apps but I am sure you don’t have them…so find her there and tell her how u feel ey….she has you time 😊

Mbwiye
Mbwiye
9 months ago

Kodi wolemba iwe mpaka installed ndi ufumu? Iyayi chizungu chavutapo. Mukanangolemba mchichewa.

Tuvitwana
Tuvitwana
9 months ago

MWENYE NDIWATHUNSO?
ALOMWE TSOPANO KKKKKKK

Simao Siwedi
Simao Siwedi
9 months ago
Reply to  Tuvitwana

Mwenye is a pure Yao from TA Malemia

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
9 months ago

Topical DPP tactics to fool people that they are changing things to stop corruption and improve service delivery… What a load of shit.
Mwenye was part of the board that Chikuni led so how do you expect to change things when you have just transferred the big thief to another lucrative position in govt and promoted his disciple to take over his position?

mtete
9 months ago

Appointments of CEO sfor statutory boards rs no longer exciting as these people no longe use their skills to the full. They are mostly told what to do

Asante
Asante
9 months ago
Reply to  mtete

Ah ah mtete why not do Malawi a favor and go and show us your skills??? And not sure I have heard of you before are you an engineer?

Amadeus
9 months ago

Why can’t they be paid directly from Ministry of Agriculture? And is this disciplinary action when a problem is just moved from one place to another? Beats me 🤭🤭🤭

tung'ande
tung'ande
9 months ago

Thats a good move. This should also affect city councils more especially Blantyre City Assembly where there is chaos. You can imagine even a man doing enforncement also engages in plot sales. We need a plot allocation audit at Blantyre City Assembly. This audit will disciver that members of staff allocate themselves multiple plots which they then sale to indians. Nyambadwe is a good example.

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