Parastatal boards appointments withheld over DPP power struggle

A good number of statutory corporations are running without boards despite the appointment of the same being announced by Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC)  three months go in a move linked to internal succession battles with the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Muhara: Appointments witheld

Nyasa Times sources at OPC says Chief Secretary to Government Lloyd Muhara gave instructions to Statutory Corporation not to write any letters of appointment to the newly  appointed board members until” further notice”without giving specific reasons.

Sources said there was alot of politics going around which led to the halting of the appointment which saw a number of members of the DPP  being appointed into the boards for various parastatals.

It appears after scrutinising names it was discovered that most of the names that were appointed were supporters of a perceived presidential aspirant who is busy putting his own people in strategic positions in the party,” said the source.

Nyasa Times investigations have revealed that owing to the succession battles some interested parties tipped President Mutharika that one powerful politicial in DPP was using the the appointments to his advantage and this forced him to withdraw the appointment.

The decision has caused alot of tension in the DPP and could be a source of a big conflict.      Several Chief Executive Officers of the statutory corporations confirmed to Nyasa Times that they are receiving calls from the appointed board members asking why they are not been invited to meetings despite being appointed.

Some of the parastatals that are operating without involving board members include Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation (Admarc) and University of Malawi (Unima) Council., Lilongwe Water Board (LWB), Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS), Malawi Posts Corporation (MPC), Malawi College of Accountancy (MCA), Central Region Water Board (CRWB), National Food Reserve Agency (NFRA) and Malawi National Examinations Board (Maneb).

President’s appointment included individuals of diverse backgrounds such as members of legal fraternity, academia, business, civil society, politicians, clergy and traditional leaders.

Mutharika is serving his last term after winning the contested 2019 elections.

Several names including that of Kondwani Nankhumwa, Minister of Agriculture and Water Irrigation, Ben Phiri of Local Government, Minister of Justice, Bright Msaka and Vice-president Chimulirenji are emerging as possible successors.

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3 years ago

Ndiye how come Malawi Investment and Trade Centre CEO last month went to Russia with the Chuma omwe anasankhidwa kukhala Boars Chair angakhale sanalandire kalata komanso OPC ikunena izi, zikukhala bwanji?

3 years ago

Does it make any difference really whether there are boards or not? One man, APM, makes decisions through an army of competing and corrupt advisors who are in effect ministers in disguise.

Besides, CEOs of influential parastatals have been reduced to senior clerks as they cannot freely translate their strategic plans into action. Big Brother is always telling them what to do and who to award contracts to, particularly procurement.

3 years ago

Uyu Llyod Muhara has messed up the public service. He is simply incompetent. How on earth does he allow parastatals to operate without Board of Directors. All the parastatals and constitutional bodies are now in a mess. Just look at the Malawi Human Rights Commission, Malawi Bureau of Standards, NFRA, Competition and Fair Trading Commission, MANEB and many others.

3 years ago

Shame our next dpp president will be Ben Phiri the llhomwe sparkling

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