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Presidency tipped on vetting appointments

A political analyst is tipping the Presidency to vet prospective candidates before appointing them into various public positions.

The tip, by a Mzuzu based political commentator George Phiri, follows the recent arrest and subsequent firing of a former cabinet Minister Newton Kambala and a Chief Presidential Advisor Christ Chaima-Banda.

The two were arrested by the Anti-Corruption Bureau on suspicion that they attempted to influence the awarding of contracts to supply fuel to the National Oil Company of Malawi -NOCMA.

According to Phiri, their dismissal is a sign that some of those appointed into these positions do not necessarily understand the importance of holding high values of integrity when serving the nation.

Phiri has therefore challenged the leadership to do more by ensuring that the process does not stop at detention.

Kambala and Chaima-Banda were arrested along with AFORD President Enoch Chihana  on allegations that they attempted to influence NOCMA deputy CEO Helen Buluma to prioritize in a fuel importation deal late last year.

They have all denied the charges.

The firing of Kambala as Energy Minister, has also increased the number of vacant cabinet positions, adding to Transport and  Labor ministries, whose officers died earlier this year.

According to a statement signed by the Secretary to the President and Cabinet Zangazanga Chikhosi, all ministerial functions for the energy ministry will be exercised by the President himself.

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