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5 shortlisted for Ombudsman job

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Patrick Mpaka

Parliament has shortlisted five candidates from a total of 11 for the position of Ombudsman, which is vacant after Martha Chizuma joined the Anti-Corruption Bureau as Director General.

Public Appointments Committee (Pac) of Parliament members are expected to interview the candidates from August 11 to 12, a schedule shows.

The five candidates are Tadala Chinkwezule, Wellington Kazembe, Grace Malera, Gloria Kalebe Namondwe and Yamikani Kambauwa.

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Chimkwezule is the immediate past president of Women Lawyers Association of Malawi, council member of the Southern African Development Community Lawyers Associated and once saved as Malawi Law Society (MLS) president.

Kazembe is a practising lawyer who once worked as acting chief executive officer for Malawi Housing Corporation from 2011 to 2012 as well as director of administration and corporate services for the corporation from 2009 to 2016.

Malera once saved as Executive Secretary for the Malawi Human Rights Commission.

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Other candidates were not available to give us their short biographies.

Public Appointments Committee (Pac) of Parliament Chairperson Joyce Chitsulo told The Daily Times that the names were sent to MLS for vetting.

“We have since asked Malawi Law Society to get information, like character and how long they have been practising, on the shortlisted candidates,” Chitsulo said.

However, MLS President Patrick Mpaka said he was yet to get the list.

“We do not have such a letter yet; perhaps it is in transit,” he said.

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