SPC Zangazanga caught up in Tobacco Commission appointments mess: Ombudsman probing

Secretary to the Office of President and Cabinet (OPC}) Zangazanga Chikhosi has found himself in a mess – after it has been established that he endorsed some dubious appointments at Tobacco Commission (TC).

Zangazanga Chikhosi: SPC

Barely days in office on June 29, 2020 Zangazanga approved a three -year contract for Emily Banda Egolet as Director of Human Resource and Administration even when he was aware that her appointment was fraudulent.

Egolet, a known operative for the previous regime, was appointed on June 18, 2020 and she accepted the offer -the following day on June 19, just four days before fresh presidential elections.

She was appointed in the absence of TC Board as required by the Tobacco Industry Act.

“Former Controller for Statutory Corporation Stuart Ligomeka made this appointment with support from Lloyd Muhara (Chief Secretary to the Government then) and I do not think TC CEO had any power to reject it when the appointment was done by OPC at that level. He knew it was wrong but what else could he do when Muhara and Ligomeka were the top gurus making the appointment,” said a new board member at TC.

The new administration had opportunity to correct the wrong but surprisingly, Zangazanga Chikhosi directed that Egolet Banda be given a contract.

Chikhosi then directed Principal Secretary for OPC, convict Cliff Chiunda to sign the contract on behalf of government after going through the documents.

“Emily Banda is manipulative. Within a short period of time she found herself to Zangazanga Chikhosi and her hefty contract was approved,” added the board member who indicated that the chairperson {Harry Mkandawire} is considering engaging  President  Lazarus Chakwera on the conduct of Chikhosi.

Further to this mess – Chikhosi is shielding another employee at TC Juliana Chidumu-Somba Banda from being de-seconded.

While working as Controller for Statutory Corporation in 2015, Chikhosi, dubiously, seconded Chidumu-Nsomba Banda to State House and later to Malawi’s foreign mission in India yet she continues to draw her salary as Public Relations Officer for TC even when her position is currently filled which is against Malawi Public Service Regulations.

A number of public officers who were seconded without procedure under the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) administration have been de-seconded.

“Why is Chidumu not deseconded? TC pays her about K1, 560, 000 every month plus allowances she gets for Foreign Service. This is not fair. Foreign Affairs must refund TC. But all this mess has Zangazanga Chikhosi connected to it.

“One wonders how the President settled for his name as SPC when he is into blunders. It will cost the President a name to maintain the guy as SPC,” said the TC board member.

Ombudsman Martha Chizuma is currently investigating these recruitments.

The Ombudsman’s investigation will surely crucify the SPC, according to insiders.

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Phudzi
Phudzi
1 month ago

Mungovutika Chakwera is sawerenga nkomwe amakhala busy ndi mapemphero a clearing the rubble osati acting on the rubble itself! Had it been he is serious to change the way this country is managed akanamva kuyambira pa ma blunder oyamba a Zangazanga mkumuchotsa. Onse akungofuna kuweluka bwino m’bomamu mmene akulamu za dziko la Malawi alibe nazo ntchito. He won’t fire Chikhosi mark my words though this will have an impact in 2025.

Titus Mbewe
Titus Mbewe
1 month ago

Juliana chidumu has got her own way to get positions to these politicians.wer not surprised at all that she’s drawing two salaries.Tonse imeneyo

mtete
mtete
1 month ago

Bwino nawo a Mai Bwana Chikhosi. Akugwetsani. We have two ladies in this story. Last time it was Buluma’s link to the same Chikhosi.
One can only hope Chakwera is following up on these blunders

tiyowoye nyasulu
tiyowoye nyasulu
1 month ago

Chakwera is blind and does not know what is happening in the civil service. Egoleta gives good sex and no one can refuse to give her a contract

The Patriot
The Patriot
1 month ago

Let’s focus on National Building izizi za pointing useless appointments stories zatopetsa. Tikapusa tikhalira zimwezi mpaka kaletu

Sindyeka Dekhani
Sindyeka Dekhani
1 month ago
Reply to  The Patriot

National building pomwe miyala yake ikusweka (ndalama kudyewa) itheka bwanji, tamamvetsetsani zinthu osamangoloweza zinazi.

Chillz
Chillz
1 month ago
Reply to  The Patriot

Tinapusa kale pasokha mbanva ndi business men with no leadership bwana. Nde “how will we/can yoy build a house using nurses? You need builders adha

Chillz
Chillz
1 month ago
Reply to  The Patriot

How do you build using farmers nanu, iya. These are no leaders or critical thinkers let alone thinking they are ever patriots. Amamanga nyumba ndi builder osati mlimi just an example. Awa agwetsa dziko osati kumanga chifukwa ndi mbava za dpp sizusiyana chabe awa akuzizimbaitsa ananzikambe

yomoka
1 month ago
Reply to  The Patriot

you are corrupt, or you are a culprit in this chaos. Tikufufuza bwino

Mkango no.1
Mkango no.1
1 month ago

What the hell is going on??? Seems like corruption will never end in our country. Even this new administration crew are showing their true colors now, and are busy engaged in corrupt practices. And bwana president is just sleeping coz he too seems to have diverted from what he claimed and presented during campaigns. Mkaka, and crew seems have already become too big for their boots. Again a stern reminder to President…WAKE UP MR PRESIDENT OR YOU TOO WILL NOT LAST LONG.

Please Finish Fixing Njakwa Livingstonia Road
Please Finish Fixing Njakwa Livingstonia Road
1 month ago

Not surprised. Blunders started with his excellency making questionable appointments and later defending them. His team is following suit.

Mahalha wipha
1 month ago

Did Mr. President know him very well? He seems not to be a professional.

Chillz
Chillz
1 month ago

Hahaha Wow Mr President. Well, not the first nor the last time this will happen. And guess what these boys will take you down the channel. You said “you are laying a foundation for a new Malawi? Is this so???Mr President? I said it after the key appointments that it was only an issue of sympathy or returning favours to people who did good to you maybe in some way. But after your appointments am sure some seasoned Malawians in politics knew, we are just in a DPP part 2. Actually as this article reveals these boys now in power… Read more »

Falliot phiri
Falliot phiri
1 month ago

Malawi is country where by people are appointed fraudulently, yet the Tonse administration has mandate to correct this….

Zalimbs Mose
Zalimbs Mose
1 month ago
Reply to  Falliot phiri

Tonse alliance government is more corrupt than any past regime. If not careful, amalawi tizatsiyidwa padzuwa, look nkhani ya mining we are not serious as citizen but is where chakwera and chilima are dubiously drawing a lot of money koma atolankhani achimalawi nkumangoyang’ana basi. Bring it to open.

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