Government dissolves boards

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The Malawi government has dissolved the boards of 60 parastatals. A statement from Capital Hill indicates that the dissolution is with immediate effect.

Among the dissolved boards is that of the state broadcaster MBC, the Malawi Communication Regulatory Authority (MACRA), the Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS), the ESCOM, Malawi National Examinations Board, Tobacco Commission, National Oil Company ans education institutes and various medical boards.

President Lazarus Chakwera who was sworn in on Sunday vowed to unite the country, fight poverty and enhance government's service delivery.

President Chakwera was elected in a re-run after former president Peter Mutharika’s win last year was nullified by the court over irregularities.

Chakwera and his vice Saulos Chilima are expected to be inaugurated into office on July 6 which will correspond with the Independence day commemorations.

Meanwhile, consumer rights activist John Kapito is calling for a thorough audit of all parastatals by the Chakwera administration before any reforms are implemented.

For a long time there had been wide-spread public condemnation of the previous DDP regime’s abuse of various parastatals, most notably ESCOM, MACRA, the MRA and local water boards to fund its activities.

As a result of focusing on the governing authorities’ demands, the concerned parastatals ended up offering poor services to Malawians.


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