Ombudsman probes Itaye over change of name from Masina, Macra abuses

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 and that his recruitment process needs to be scrutinised.

Itaye: Presided over the scandle-riddled Macra

Itaye, who in June this year was deployed to Lilongwe Water Board as chief executive officer,   is also expected to answer charges related to abuse of office and fraud which he allegedly committed while he was at Macra.

He was arrested and interrogated about the procurement of K135 million Macra calendars contract and procurement of then governing Democratic Progressive Party cloth by the authority, among others.

And now Ombudsman  has asked Macra director general Henry Shamu a 14-day ultimatum to investigate the recruitment of his prefecessor Itaye.

In the letter, Ombudsman Martha Chizuma said she had received complaints that Itaye was not fit for employment let alone to be the  Macra boss as he had committed crimes while working for National Bank of Malawi.

“Pursuant to section 124 of the Constitution your supporting documentation should be provided together with your response with 14 days from the date of this letter thus not later than the 25th September 2020,” her letter demands.

Chizuma added that Itaye should also be investigated for abuse of office, nepotism, maladministration, tribalism among a litany of offences.

In her letter, the public prot4ector said she had received complaints that Macra was tribalistic, saying board members would ask interviewees districts of origin.

Chizuma also wants investigations into complaints of Itaye’s conflict of interest in the recruitment of a Mr Lisilira, a direct relative of his.

Itaye is also to be investigated for hiring Henry Macheso as Deputy Human Resource, a position which was not on Macra establishment calling it dubious.

The former DG is on record to have allegedly recruited fellow Seventh Day Adventists (SDA) and Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) allies without requisite qualifications.

Among those include McDonald Phoya a former High School teacher as Administration Manager who held on to the position of board member of Air Cargo throughout his tenure at Macra.

The alleged dubious appointments include those of Charles Fodya as Head of CERT, Ruth Ngwende Mdala was appointed to the position of Director of Economic Affairs, Timothy Sukali as Director of Postal Services, Dan Datchi was posted as Revenue Assurance Manager, Frank Mdala Universal Access Manager and Vilanti Tambulasi working as Universal Access Officer.

Chizuma said there should also be an investigation into two non-existent posts that of Internal Audit Director held by Fearless Malulu since 2016 and Technical Advisor on Digital Migration held by Benson Tembo since 2014.

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DKC 2000
DKC 2000
9 months ago

I think people who reported Itaye to the Ombudsgirl are just jealous of Itaye. Changing a name is acceptable in the constitution of Malawi as long as you follow procedures. All the people employed by MACRA during the time of Itaye are Malawians,..no problem with that. It is normal for an interviewing panel to ask about your district of origin…nothing wrong with that. MACRA is supposed to be responsive to technology dynamics. Recruiting people on non established positions or newly created positions can be done in response to technology dynamics. Nothing wrong with that if it is done transparently. Thank… Read more »

chaiwone wawo
9 months ago
Reply to  DKC 2000

You have rightly spelled out some of the issues but you must realise the probe is actually to establish whether the name change followed procedures, whether recruiting people on non established posts was done transparently and based on need. Regarding the issue of employing people we can not hide behind “they are all malawians” we need to establish if they had qualifications for the job. Much as they are malawians they were supposed to compete with all eligible and interested malawians for the positions so that only merit should be the basis for getting the job. I think the probe… Read more »

Zio ine
Zio ine
9 months ago

All these things would not have come out if you had opted out like Chikuni. Now these people are going to finish you off.

mtete
mtete
9 months ago

All this was happening under DPP/AP and Alex Maulana watch? Sickening!

Zio ine
Zio ine
9 months ago

Also probe Brian Banda. His real name is Jimmy Kambalika. Brian Banda was his cousin who died and Jimmy Kambalika started using his certificate

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
9 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

The guy is not a clown. He carries the natural beef of an impostor. So bwana looking at the performance scale of Brian Banda and Nankhumwa it goes to show how some of the nitwits peddle fiction to distract us from their own challenges. Next time you will tell us the bright boys are engaging in ufiti just to excel in their careers

itaye itaye
itaye itaye
9 months ago

Clara Mwafulirwa anakwezedwa chifukwa chovulidwa ndi Itaye. MACRA inatha pano inangosala MAKARA,.

Bob Marley
Bob Marley
9 months ago

He even stole a Prado VX Engine from Lilongwe Water Board vehicle for his personal car and payment was made to Toyota Malawi with LPO which was not counter signed.

Namachekecha
Namachekecha
9 months ago

This McDonald Phoya chap is the one better known as Pato, one of the most toxic cadets that DPP ever had. Between 2019 and June, 2020, instead of working in the office, he spent his time following the HRDC activists around the country using Macra resources in a car filled with DPP hitmen.

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Why is Nankhumwa complaining about PSs being removed? We know dpp was only recruiting people from Thyolo, Mulanje, Phalombe, Chiradzulu and part of Zomba. Please sanitize Malawi. It belongs to everyone.

Nimrod
Nimrod
9 months ago

Macra needs serious sanitisation. It was rotten to the core. And the type of sanitiser to be used should be 99% alcohol based.

Ngombwax
Ngombwax
9 months ago
Reply to  Nimrod

Kachasu, perhaps?

Herbert
9 months ago

Over stepping your mandate.Let ACB investigate.These allegations birder on corruption.

The Sniper.
The Sniper.
9 months ago
Reply to  Herbert

I just believe that you don’t know what the Public Protector is!
Or you are an idiot of the year!

Kumavalo Nsamaonetsa Nyoni
Kumavalo Nsamaonetsa Nyoni
9 months ago
Reply to  The Sniper.

I think it’s the latter.

Wachiyao
9 months ago
Reply to  The Sniper.

The latter.

Bengo
Bengo
9 months ago
Reply to  Herbert

You are an idiot of the year.

Nebo
Nebo
9 months ago
Reply to  Bengo

Idiot of the year

Ndata Boy
9 months ago
Reply to  Herbert

Idiot you are

Hate it or take it but it's a fact
Reply to  Herbert

Idiot of the year 2020

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