Robert Hanjahanja appointed new Blantyre Water Board CEO, wants board to reduce inefficiencies

The Board of Directors for Blantyre Water Board (BWB) has hired Engineer Robert Hanjahanja as the board’s new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) succeeding Engineer Daniel Chawezi whose three-year contract expires on October 31, 2020.

BWB Board of Directors Chairperson, George Nnesa said on Monday, September 13, 2021, the new CEO was identified after a tough and thorough process.

In an interview with Nyasa Times on Tuesday, September 14, 2021, the new CEO said his reaction to the appointment is one of humble gratitude “and at the same time of eagerness to go ahead and serve the people of Malawi in the best of my capacity by the grace of God, who is my biggest helper”.

Robert Hanjahanja – New CEO at Blantyre Water Board

“My vision is to help BWB expand, reduce inefficiencies and provide high quality service to the often neglected Urban Poor areas,” said Hanjahanja, adding that he is a water utility specialist with passion for serving and providing the urban poor with sustainable water and sanitation solutions.

In his career, he has worked as Deputy Chief of Party with USAID – EWASH, a program implemented by Research Triangle Institute (RTI) in Abuja, Nigeria. Prior to this, he was Chief Director for Irrigation and Water Development in the Ministry of Agriculture & Water Development (Malawi).

Hanjahanja has a huge wealth of experience having served as the Chief Executive Officer for Southern Region Water Board; Consultant at Castalia Strategic Advisors in a reform project for Mombasa Water and Sewerage Company in Kenya; Utility Specialist with USAID-SUWASA, a program implemented by Tetratech Consulting and Engineering Firm in Nairobi, Kenya where he assisted in the development and coordination of their reform and technical initiatives for the nine countries that SUWASA worked – Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Uganda, Zambia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Liberia and Senegal.

More about Hanjahanja’s career

Hanjahanja was also Country Director for Habitat for Humanity, a Malawi an NGO, which provides sustainable low-cost housing solutions for the poor. Prior to that, he was at Lilongwe Water Board where he was Director of Engineering Services and Acting CEO. His first assignment was a Water Engineer in the Water Department in the Ministry of Works and Supplies.

He is a Registered Utility Management Specialist with Institute of Public- Private Partnerships (IP3) in the USA and is a Registered Engineer with the Malawi Board of Engineers.

He holds a Degree in Civil Engineering from the Malawi Polytechnic, a Master’s Degree in Planning of Urban Services from Loughborough University (UK), and a PhD in Environmental Engineering with focus on Water Service Delivery Options to the Urban Poor from the University of Nairobi, Kenya.

A bit personal

  • Grew up as a son of a diplomat who had postings in Germany and the USA .
  • Committed his life to the LORD JESUS on October 29, 1991 while studying at Polytechnic in Blantyre.
  • A preacher and singer of the Gospel and a servant of the Lord JESUS CHRIST.
  • Married and has three children.
  • Ardent supporter of Manchester United.

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Chosadziwa
1 month ago

This is the right candidate for the post, he is the one who revamped allowances, salaries and other benefits for Lilongwe Water Board during the time he acted as a CEO for Lilongwe Water Board for a period of two years which the DPP government under Bingu did not confirm him instead they brought in Mr. Chikuni as CEO.

Jomicons
Jomicons
1 month ago

congrats Bob

Kizzah
Kizzah
1 month ago

I hope he knows we have meter crisis..some of us we applied for connection of water now it has been 2 months they keep saying they dont have meter eish please sort that out

Kyle
Kyle
1 month ago

Now we are appointing foreigners as CEO of waterboard yet Malawians are unemployed

Mary Jaliman
Mary Jaliman
1 month ago
Reply to  Kyle

To hell with haters !
Why this negativity? Bob is very malawian from ntcheu. Is this not clear in the story?

Chandiona
Chandiona
1 month ago
Reply to  Kyle

Hanjahanja akhale foreigner? M’Malawi uyu weni weni……komanso, as a person, ndi munthu wabwino kwambiri. A BWB achita mwayi!

Jonas
Jonas
1 month ago
Reply to  Kyle

He is not a foreigner, please do not just comment from kumowa…I have known him as Malawian from 1988, very young and social student then…

David Mhariwa
David Mhariwa
1 month ago
Reply to  Kyle

Robert Hanjahanja is a bonafide Malawian his dad is from Zomba and mother is from Ntcheu.

Kaka
Kaka
1 month ago
Reply to  Kyle

How does he become a foreigner?
He is a pure Malawian.

Chiphwisi
Chiphwisi
1 month ago

Muzutiganizira ma civil servants ma salary akumachedwa isamadula madzi. Chinanso izi za post paid mukubele

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