Of  ‘George Malema’ and Malawi qualification scandals: Govt must audit senior public officers!

These stories about certain people using other people’s qualifications to get senior jobs are as worrying as revelations continue to unfold.

A week ago, we saw Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) going public, challenging one of its senior members and leader of opposition in Parliament, Kondwani Nankhumwa, to explain allegations surrounding his academic qualifications.

There is a disturbing rumour flying around, alleging that Nankhumwa uses someone’s [George Malema] Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE). Nankhumwa hasn’t spoken a word neither to deny nor accept the allegation.

And it’s not just Nankhumwa.

Some months ago, estranged former State House Head of Security, Norman Chisale, was arrested on allegations that he used someone’s certificate to get a job at Malawi Defense Force (MDF).

Besides that, State House press secretary Brian Banda has also suffered a fair share of these allegations.  The Office of the Ombudsman  is investigating former Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) director general Godfrey Itaye  over allegations that he changed names from Godfrey Masina to Godfrey Itaye.

Should we, as a nation, just remain silent as these revelations continue to unfold?

Nankhumwa, Banda, Itaye and Chisale, of course, have the right, like we all do, to defend themselves against these damning allegations; however, their story points to a systematic problem in our public service that, as a nation, we must accept to face and address.

It wouldn’t be an understatement to submit that we have a congress of unqualified people holding senior positions in government—people that presented other people’s qualifications to reach that high.

Let’s not fool each other.

Just as the proliferation of fake doctorate degrees, there is a cancer in our public service as several senior public officers can’t easily explain who they really are and their qualifications.

We shouldn’t forget, again, that we once had a man who was born Webster Ryson Thom,  he lived as Bingu Wa Mutharika and died as Daniel Phiri. Did we care to get to the root of that story? We didn’t.

It is my submission, hence, that these qualification revelations need to be taken seriously.

In fact, as Vice President  Dr Saulos Chilima continues to speak reform in the public service, I want to believe that the issue of qualifications of our senior public officers needs to be one critical area he must concentrate on. We need sanity!

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CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
1 month ago

Magufulification means sanitisation of all academic documents held by public servants. Rumours never hold water this issue related to fake academic papers must be thoroughly interrogated by screening everyone holding a public office. Standards ought to be followed so we don’t end up with half baked end materials. We have packed the civil roll with party functionaries that’s reason teachers never attend promotion interviews just to fill the civil service with drumbeaters. There was a time when teachers were recruited into teaching who had no Junior Certificate but the system pruned the chaff. So with fake papers throw them out… Read more »

InsideSource
1 month ago

You have forgotten Arafat Hamadan?

ERUTU
ERUTU
1 month ago

True true 🇲🇼

Yeremiya
Yeremiya
1 month ago

Its George Malemia not George Malema.
Brian Banda is Juma Kalambalika
Norman Chisale is Pethius Hiwa
Uyo Godfrey Itaye ndi bakha chabe!

Sikelo Gonani
Sikelo Gonani
1 month ago
Reply to  Yeremiya

Kkkkk, bakha kodi eeti

mkamwini
mkamwini
1 month ago
Reply to  Yeremiya

Awa ndi amene adachita mwayi ndi kufa kwa anzawo. koma pali amene adanama kuti adabwera kuchoka kunja ndi qualification pamene amangogwira ncthito. adangogula certificate. If you google the name, it doesnt show. Ndiye ena adakapangitsa certificate ku MANEB. Ma MP aliponso. tiyambire ati?

Zio ine
Zio ine
1 month ago

Brian Banda died and he was a causin to the Brian Banda who is at state house. His actual name was Jimmy Kambalika.. not surprising because Chakwera likes such cheaters ‘ crooks etc. Imagine h3 is employing retirees and known criminal like his finacial director.

The Sniper
The Sniper
1 month ago
Reply to  Zio ine

Iwe Brian Banda wamudziwa ali ndi Chakwera eti? kubadwa mochedwa eti?

Money first
Money first
1 month ago

Of brian banda

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