OPC blocks Chimango Chirwa at Malawi Investment Trade Centre

The Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) has instructed former Malawi ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union,  Chimango Chirwa not to report for duties as the new chief executive officer for the Malawi Investment Trade Centre (MITC).

Chimango Chirwa: Posting at MITC blocked

Chirwa arrived back in Malawi on July 1, 2020 to report for duties but he has been blocked by OPC without a plausible explanation.

According to Nyasa Times sources at OPC, Chirwa already had an appointment letter which he had accepted in writing on 16th June, 2020 before the regime change and apparently returned home to take up the new position.

“We were surprised with the decision but there is no explanation we have seen so far. Since the Tonse Alliance took over government after the fresh polls in June this year, their supporters are being rewarded with positions and we suspect that they just want to get rid of Chirwa,” the source said.

The source continued that everyone expected the Tonse Alliance to be different from the past regimes but it is more of the same.

“It is important to recognise that while DPP led government was not liked by the opposition parties at the time, there are a lot of officers who are professional and were appointed on merit. It does not make sense that such officers should suffer just because they were appointed during the previous regime.”

Few days ago, Attorney General Chikosa Silungwe wrote the vice president – who is in-charge of public sector reforms – that regulations and procedures must always be followed.

In the letter, also copied to the Secretary to the President and Cabinet Zangazanga Chikhosi and all heads of public institutions, Silungwe has warned the government that poorly drafted contracts, unlawful dismissals and reckless redeployment will continue draining taxpayers’ money.

Between 2018 and 2020, the government has paid about K29 billion for its recklessness.

Chairperson of National Advocacy Platform Benedicto Kondowe has pointed out that the communication was an indication that the Attorney General had observed worrying trends in the government systems.

But despite the advice by the AG, the Tonse Alliance government continues to disregard such legal advice. Efforts to talk to the OPC proved futile while Chirwa’s mobile phone went unanswered after several attempts.

Chirwa replaced Clement Kumbemba as MITC boss. Before his appointment as ambassador in 2015.

Chimango Chirwa served in senior positions at Standard Bank and Airtel Malawi. He has been Malawi’s ambassador to the AU and Permanent Representative to the AU for 5 and a half years.

According to his LinkedIn account, Chirwa holds an MBA and a Bachelors’ Degree from University of Malawi’s Chancellor College.

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Winstonmsowoya
Winstonmsowoya
7 months ago

LUNJI YOUR CHARACTERS ARE EVEN BULLSHIT.

Winstonmsowoya
Winstonmsowoya
7 months ago

YUO UN EDUCATED MBEWA EATERSAND NYAU DANCERS,YOU HAVE NOTHING GOOD TO DO IN THE COUNTRY APART FROM JUMPING UPON THE TUMBUKAS WHO HAVE BROUGHT INDEPENDENCE FOR THE MALAWIAN PEOPLE IN CLUDING YOU BUSTERED WHO WROTE THIS ROTTEN MAVI TO MISLEAD THE PEOPLE OF MALAWI THROUGH YOUR GARBAGE PIECE OF LIES.YOUR BANDA HIMSELF COULD NOT STAND A CHANCE BY HIMSELF TO ORGANIZE THE PEOPLE OF MALAWI WHO SUSPECTED THAT BANDA WAS NOT A NYASALANDER.HOWEVER,KANYAMA AND ORTON CHIRWA BOTH OF THEM CAME FROM NKHATA DISTRICT(NORTH) WHERE 33 TUMBUKAS AND TONGAS WERE BRUTALLY KILLED BY THE MALAWIAN SOLDIERS CONTROLLED BY THE FEDRAL GOVERNMENT.AFTER… Read more »

John Kachapira
John Kachapira
7 months ago

Cadet akufuna timuthandize kulira. Really stupid boy and selfish. You made the bed, lay on it. Basi kuli iweko umvekere amalawi ndi opusa. Really? Go and cry with your fellow cadets. Professionals used for stupid deals. Simunati mbuzi yeniyeni ya munthu. Who do you want to cry with you? Ife ayi. The reality is here🤣🤣

Marumbo
7 months ago

Mtumbuka uyu akagwere uko!!! Atumbuka mukuba kwambiri pamalawi pano via judges. And how come every judge has a lodge or a fleet of bungalows? Salary yake it? Mtumbuka wina okuba ndi Kachale of MEC. MEC is busy plundering the economy of this country through useless seminars. How come it is only MEC programs which are being funded in this country? Fotseki Chakwera. Stupid chilima please answer us.

Njati
Njati
7 months ago
Reply to  Marumbo

Please educate yourself. Chifundo Kachale is not from the north

Wachiyao
7 months ago
Reply to  Marumbo

Kkkkkkk. If a thief is appointed to any position, it means the one who appointed him/her is stupid. That’s the simple logic. In this case, you are confirming that the previous HE is a stupid fellow. So we were right to show him the door kkkk.

Marx
Marx
7 months ago

The guy can’t even sue. He knows well his appointment was irregular. Palibe nkhani apa

Last edited 7 months ago by Marx
Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
7 months ago

Chimango Chirwa has a case to answer……….lots of millions were stolen through corruption at the embassy in Ethiopian during his tenure and investigations are underway……so although he has not been charged or found guilty of any crime at the moment it is right and proper for the Tonse government to avoid putting someone like him to be the ceo of such an important organisation period….

Baba Tunde
Baba Tunde
7 months ago

When was this position advertised?
If it just pleased Mutharika to handpick him, then there should be no surprises.
Clear the rubble

mtete
mtete
7 months ago

There were reports a few rear ago of financial mismanagement in embassies, including Ethiopia. Was this man part of the Embassy staff?

Zio ine
Zio ine
7 months ago

Che is a friend to Chilima
..they were together in primary and college.

BigMan
BigMan
7 months ago
Reply to  Zio ine

probably with thousands of other students…what’s your point?

The Wiseman from the East
The Wiseman from the East
7 months ago

Chimango Chirwa is Chilima’s very close friend. He went to AU’s mission with the backing of Chilima. His being recalled from the mission and offered another high position has Chilima’s hand in it. However, if there is something wrong in all this then I suspect Chirwa has fallen out of favour with Chilima or there is something which we the general do not know. Hence, it is hard to take sides defending or blaming either of them, Chirwa or the appointing authorities. I guess there is a lot we do not know and we should wait until the whole issue… Read more »

Last edited 7 months ago by The Wiseman from the East
BigMan
BigMan
7 months ago

Are you sure he was appointed by Chilima, before the elections?

Kast
Kast
7 months ago
Reply to  BigMan

where do you live. everyone knows these 2 are besties. That’s how he went to Ethiopia

The Wiseman from the East
The Wiseman from the East
7 months ago
Reply to  BigMan

Kumamva inu zomwe amnzathu alemba. Phuma bwanji? Tawerenganinso zomwe ndalembazi.

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