PS Chimwemwe Banda clings to office at Information despite redeployment

Deployed Principal Secretary of Information, Tourism and Culture Ms Chimwemwe Banda is clinging to her office and continues to work in that capacity outside the country 10 days after she was removed, Nyasa Times can reveal.

Chimwemwe Banda: On the move

Chimwemwe Banda: Removed at Information Ministry

As a consequence, operations in the ministry have almost grounded since the new PS Justin Saidi cannot access his new office and handovers have not yet been done.

On the day she was moved, upon getting wind of news of her redeployment, Chimwemwe Banda locked her office and took with her office keys to Namibia to attend the SADC Digital Migration Forum representing the Ministry.

Banda was removed as PS from the Ministry of Information, Tourism and Culture on the 19th of June 2015 and redeployed to the department of disaster Management (DODMA).

Government described her removal as normal but inside sources have told Nyasa Times that she was removed for among others things ‘‘gross financial abuse of her office’’.

Nyasa Times has also established that the conference Banda apparently left for on the 19th of June, 2015 to attend at Pretoria Hotel in Walvis Bay, Nambia, actually started on the 22nd June 2015. She was there three days in advance.

Chimwemwe Banda attended the conference against her Minister’s directive to delegate to the Director of Information Dr Bright Molande so that she and her Minister; Kondwani Nankhumwa could attend to budget deliberations in Parliament.

Parliament was discussing the Ministry of Information’s allocation that week..

Investigations by Nyasa Times have revealed that instead, Banda is idling in Johannesburg South Africa waiting to again travel to Nairobi, Kenya to attend yet another conference on ICT again as Principal Secretary for Information.

The conference in Kenya is set to start on the 1st of July 2015 to the 3rd of July.

If Banda attends this meeting, she would have been travelling from one country to another masquerading as Principal Secretary of information fifteen days after she was removed.

Banda said there is nothing wrong with her conduct, saying “ trips were already approved and funded in my name.”

This is not the first time Banda’s name has been mirrored in mal administration and financial abuse. She was removed as Director of Programmes from Malawi Broadcasting Corporation in 2012 after an audit revealed massive financial mismanagement linked to her name.

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concerned citizen

Mayoooooo!!!!!!! Nsonkho wants kuuseweletsa chonchi

John Muchizi

Chinthu amachiti Boma ndichodabwisa zedi. Achimwemwe mpaka PS. I think the easiest job in government is that of Principal Secretary. Chimwemwe’s elevation attests to this truth. I am sure she doesn’t even understand the implications of her actions attending events as PS information when she is not. I think Government is full of dunderheads how can a sane organization post her to head another department after such a mess in information.


Do not trust everything that Journalists write, trust me.


Kachiwuya aka…ambiri muli kutafunamo….koma ndalama zaboma zikumala….awa akuba poyera apa. A Peter ali gone.

In the know

Chimwemwe has been posted to Ministry of Health and not Disaster

Rift valley

Bwinotu Chimwemwe. What is there between you and Kondwani? Is it not you who said Mary Segula was not presentable on MBCtv? I beg to differ. The gir is cute and clever. Pitani ku ofesi yanu ya nyowani. Tiyamba kudabwatu.


Iwe chimwemwe just do your things ambiriwa ndiwosauka they have nothing anangophwisa basi. Let you foolish people know that Justin Saidi was out of the country wabweta lero pa 29/6/2015 he was on a trip that was approved by Mkondiwa when he was PS Defence. The same for Chimwemwe her trip was approved before her posting. However het posting is not normal the Minister asked for her temoval. With GM ma civil servant munya no protection.


Wususi a chewa.


Malawian men: every woman who succeeds in life, they think she was being screwed. Too bad.


Iwe Chatonda, Willie Samute wamulakwila kwambili, ukufuna amalizike ku Garden City Clinic?

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