No DC or Council CEO has been interdicted, says Ministry of local government and Malga

It has emerged that District Commissioners (DCs) and some city council chief executive officers (CEOs) have not been interdicted or suspended, a revelation which is invalidating such reports that are rife in mainstream and social media.

Zeru Mkandawire: No DC or CEO at council has been interdicted

Both the Ministry of Local Government and Malawi Local Government Association (Malga)–an umbrella body of all local councils–have confirmed that there have been no such suspensions or interdictions.

News spread widely that President Lazarus Chakwera has extended his whip over Covid-19 funds abuse to local councils–suspending or interdicting 28 DCs, some CEOs and other officers.

The President already suspended or interdicted some officers who had been heading some clusters in the Covid-19 response intervention for allegedly failing to account for the resources they were allocated.

However, following the reports,  Malga acting executive director, Hadrod Zeru Mkandawire, reached out to Nyasa Timesto express his concern over the purported suspension or interdiction of DCs, saying it would negatively affect the work of the local authorities.

Mkandawire added that, so far, information Malga has, is that no council DC or CEO has received a suspension or interdiction letter

“This misinformation will undermine the work of the DCs as workers in councils would not work with superiors who are suspended or interdicted,” said Mkandawire.

Ministry of Local Government Spokesperson, Anjoya Mwanza, shared Mkandawire’s position, saying no one has been suspended or interdicted so far.

“As a ministry, we have not received any communication confirming the purpoted or so called suspension and interdiction of DCs,” she said

The presidential press secretary Brian Banda said 28 district commissioners (DCs) were among 10 principal secretaries (PSs) and five other senior officers interdicted over  mismanagement of  K6.2 billion Covid-19 response funds.

According to Banda, besides the 28 DCs, the interdictions have also extended to chief executive officers for Blantyre, Lilongwe, Mzuzu and Zomba city councils; Kasungu and Luchenza municipal councils and Mangochi Town Council.

But both ministry of local government and Malga said such interdictions are not to their knowledge.

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Khima
Khima
1 month ago

Pali anthu awiri azaononga State House ya Chakwera Brian Banda and Sean Kampondeni saopa kuyankhula…..slowly they have been contradicting zinthu…

Jigidijigidi Jaba
Jigidijigidi Jaba
2 months ago

The whole story is crap… How can 28 be among 10 and 5!? Just how!? 🤔

Aneneli Onyenga
2 months ago

And my PS is full time in office despite being mentioned by this fool Brian Banda. There is no way the president can withdraw all DCs and up to 10 PSes at once. That is retrogressive and government can not stand that way. There are legal procedures of disciplining wrong doers and not the way Brian is advocating.

Zio ine
Zio ine
2 months ago

Where did this corrupt and foolish Brian Banda take the garbage from. He was all over on radios saying things which never happened both him and his principal ipal are yselesa

guest
guest
2 months ago

achosedwa ma controlling officers kumene, palibe chomakananso….

Kudya katatu patsiku
Kudya katatu patsiku
2 months ago

then why did that fool at state house announce to all and sundry the lie that DCs and PSs have been interdicted/ suspended? Ku state house kwalowa chibwana. His Excellency the State Pastor must do something about this mbwerera.

Bentby
2 months ago

Who is fooling or disrespecting presidential orders. We need president who talks and get it done.

Bauleni
Bauleni
2 months ago

This Chakwera guy is a joke. Mr talk talk

Mzakwacha Nixon's
Mzakwacha Nixon's
2 months ago

Malawians,
So Brian Banda cheated the world….anangoganiza Basi kufalitsa nkhani yaikulu chonchi.
Must go back to Times Radio,was pairing very well with George Kasakula,Wonder Msiska…we miss him pa kwagwanji.Office ya ku State House yamutonda.
There4
We need clarity from him or H.Excellency himself.
Regards,
Durban
Kwazulu Natal
+27724922299

Chalo
2 months ago

Government should speak with one language please.

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