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MISA Malawi critises govt over appointments

Media watchdog MISA Malawi Chapter demands that the Chakwera administration follows necessary procedures when recruiting public officers.

This follows concerns over the appointment of Chikumbutso Mtumodzi as Director of Information.

The position was neither advertised nor was a competitive recruitment process set up.

The Media Institute for Southern Africa-MISA Malawi Chapter has expressed its concern on the matter describing the flouting of procedures as unfortunate and a betrayal to Malawians.

In a statement MISA Malawi Chair Tereza Ndanga expresses concern indicating that the Tonse administration is going against the very laws it swore to uphold.

Ndanga quotes the minister of Information Gospel Kazako who is on record condemning the unlawful recruitment process which the DPP regime used.

Kazako made commitment that his government will ensure that recruitment procedures were being followed, the statement reads.

MISA Malawi therefore fears the trend may creep into other media bodies such as the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) and Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) which have been equally abused in the past administrations.

The government has therefore been challenged to follow procedures as the Ministry of Information, MBC and MACRA are statutory institutions with already laid down procedures that guide their recruitment processes.

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