Parliament interviews Macra’s new board chair Rev Maulana: Mervis Mangulenje out

Malawi Parliament’s Public Appointments Committee on Monday interviewed Rev. Alex Maulana as new board chair for  Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra), in a move to replace Mervis Mangulenje, who has been at the centre of top level corruption at the regulatory body.

Rev Maulana: New chair of Macra

Rev. Maulana was the first person to be interviewed by the  Committee as required by the reviewed Communications Act.

Macra, under Mangulenje board has been embroiled in multi-million kwacha dubious deals, in which Director General Godfrey Itaye has been allegedly funneling cash to the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

Also appearing before the committee for confirmation was Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB)’s acting Director General, Reyneck Matemba.

President Peter Mutharika appointed Matemba as ACB acting Director General in October 2017 following the exit of Lucas Kondowe, whose contract expired the same month. Matemba’s contract as Deputy Director of the bureau also expired in November 2017.

Pac Chairperson, Lingson Belekanyama,  said the results of the interview will be communicated to the appointing authority – President Mutharika.

But Nyasa Times understands that both have been successful.

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DPP
Guest

Malawi is the only country on earth where a CEO of a parastatal also becomes the Board Chair of another parastatal. Long Live Mangulenje

Phiideria
Guest

Lhomwenization at its best. This country, Ambuye tithandizeni. We didn’t choose to borne non lhomwes

zowona zokha zokha
Guest

The truth of the matter is that he is being rewarded for keeping quiet during the planned demos on the electoral bills if u check Blantyre synod is the only synod with six if not more members on various boards so what did you expect from them they are even given money to use for campaigning during synod elections

eagle
Guest

Maurana is a shame to Blantyre Synod, useless, corrupt and money hungry a friend of mr ibu – the chief liar

Billy Chilewani
Guest

To be a Board Chair does not necessarily entail that someone must have prior experience in that field. He/She is supposed to give strategic direction and build a strong board team which will have oversight function over the Executive-which is the technical branch of any organisation. Do you expect any Minister of Health to have a medical background?? As I am not sure of the outcome of the interviews but in case he is successful I wish Dr Rev Maulana all the best.

Kent Y.G. Mphepo
Guest

He is my pastor and I don’t consider it right to comment. But, you are saying a person who has no communication background can provide “strategic” direction to a “communications” hub that MACRA has become in Malawi!?

Surprised.

Kent Y.G Mphepo

Biggi Saj
Guest

Kent YGM, forgive them for they don’t know what ‘strategic direction’ in corporate circles means….

Zaya Kunkhongo
Guest

Iwe Billy ndiwe mbuzi yamunthu! How do you give strategic direction in a subject area you are not competent in? Most ideally, a Minister of Health would be somebody with medical background like it was nthawi yaDr Ntaba and Dr Ntafu. Rev Maulana apite pagome basi zandalezi asiyile matechnocrats agwile ntchito zimenezo. What does this Dr Maulana know about telecommunications regulations? Kugona muma board meeting basi kumango nyopola ma allowance. That’s a load of bull!

Panganani
Guest

Bwana chilewani-It is this myopic thinking that has brought us to where we are as a country. The third least developed country in the world. Where our people are dying in hospitals because of lack of medication and doctors and our head of state is asking for vehicles for the police- instead of asking for more doctors and medicine that will benefit the masses. This weird thinking must stop if things are going to change.Why do people specialize and have professions? It is to give the best they have been trained in for maximum impact and results.

DR MANGA
Guest

DOES MAULANA POSSESS ANY KNOWLEDGE OF COMMUNICATION OR TELECOMMUNICATION ? OR HE HAS WORKED IN THAT INDUSTRY BEFORE ?IF NOT THEN HE DOES NOT QUALIFY FOR THAT POSITION.

Panganani
Guest

Being a such a lucrative organization that sits on a lot of cash, the President should have sought ten names to be interviewed. I don’t see any value added of bringing a reverend to run such a strategic and vital institution.

Panganani
Guest
The bible says that our people perish for lack of knowledge. For one to provide strategic direction, you should understand the subject matter and decipher a solution that makes sense. For example, myself as an engineer, what strategic direction can I provide to a doctor operating a patients leg?Effective strategic direction improves an organizations ability to perform in planning by providing the information needed to make appropriate investment and development choices. An organization without an effective strategy makes these investment choices without direction, decisions made by the directing layer, or worse. It is obvious that MACRA has been operating without… Read more »
Billy Chilewani
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Thanks for your views Panganani, we see things differently and that’s how the world generally operates. Technocrats are at the Executive helm and so called brutes are at the Board level. Sometimes you bring in a profession in that field to be at the board level you find the organisation going downhill. Strategic direction calls for building a strong board team with people from various backgrounds and sharing constructive Board decisions to move any organisation forward. I rest my case and let’s agree to disagree.

Nicholas Gracious Namaliya
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Nicholas Gracious Namaliya

Zili ngati unduna izi, no need for related experience or qualification (my thoughts). Zitsanzo zili mbwe padziko lapansi. In Europe, they prefer holders of Engineering degrees to be CEOs, in America, they prefer holders of Business or operations Management degrees, while in the East, they go for Marketers or ICT gurus. Perhaps we should ask what is our own preference for CEOs and related positions? Does that preference impact the performance of our parastatals and/ or SMEs?

DR MANGA
Guest

SO A SURGEON CAN BE A CEO OF ESCOM ????????????

Panganani
Guest

Abwana-the examples you give are good but irrelevant to our circumstances. Be practical and patriotic.

Tibwenzereni Malunga
Guest

The preference is that you’ve to be from the Lhomwe Belt

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