TEVETA ‘flouts’ recruitment process, makes fake advert

TEVETA, which is responsible for Technical and Vocational training in Malawi, is embroiled in allegations of nepotism in the recruitment of senior staff where it makes fake adverts in the press to hoodwink the public, Nyasa Times has gathered.

Consequently, staff are asking the  country’s graft busting body, ACB to fully investigate this issue at TEVETA.

A recent example is where TEVETA  placed an advertisement for the post of Director of Planning and Research in the press on June 9, 2012 and closing date for receiving applications was Friday 22 June 2012.

The post of Director of Planning and Research is a new post which emerged after TEVETA engaged consultants to conduct a functional review.

Msasa: It's just misconception

“Surprisingly, some of the members of the Consultant’s team are close friends of the person whom TEVETA has earmarked for this position. The Consultant’s report made this Directorate as if it is a core function of the TEVETA Authority hence the qualifications for this post include Masters degree in areas of economics, MBA or  Statistics but surprisingly, the advert in the media only narrowed to economics, a qualification which the Head of Planning for TEVETA  holds,” our source said.

Our source further claims that all adverts TEVETA had    PUT  in the media were just to blindfold the public because the post is to be internally filled by someone within TEVETA who is currently working as Head of Planning.

“During one of the management meetings, the Executive Director informed the management team that the current Head of Planning (which a deputy director’s position) … will occupy the post of Director of Planning and Research. Most members …  were surprised because why then should TEVETA advertise and yet they will give the job to someone within?,” sources said.

But TEVETA’s Public Relations Manager Lewis Msasa trashed the allegations as mere misconceptions saying it is not automatic that a person doing similar work will fill the new post.

“The post emerged after a functional review and it a big and contractual that is why adverts both within and outside where done so that the right person is found,” Msasa said.

During the 2012/2013 Budget meeting of Parliament, the President Mrs Joyce Banda called for all public officials who have knowledge of corrupt practices to report to the ACB.

Malawi’s Corrupt Practices Act (section 51A) provides for the protection of whistle-blowers who give information to ACB.

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