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Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda

Attorney General (AG) Thabo Chakaka Nyirenda Tuesday failed to appear before the Public Appointments Committee (Pac) of Parliament, where he was supposed to shed light the issue of appointment of chief executive officers (CEOs) for parastatals.

Pac Chairperson Joyce Chitsulo said they would still engage the AG on the issue.

“We are surprised that he did not turn up.

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“However, we appreciate that he is engaged with other equally important duties in Blantyre. We will summon him again later this week,” she said.

Committee members are, among other issues, interested in knowing why names of those appointed as CEOs for parastatals are sent to the Office of the President and Cabinet for endorsement when laws that govern such issues grant such powers to boards of directors of corporations.

Chitsulo said the committee observed that the Department of Statutory Corporations was still using the Presidential Decree of 1982, which has been overtaken by some Acts of Parliament.

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The Pac chair added that committee members were inundated with reports of illegal appointment of CEOs in parastatals, citing increased cases where the office of the Ombudsman nullifies such appointments.

Chakaka Nyirenda said he did not present himself to the committee because he was attending to court matters.

“I was attending to a court case involving National Bus Service vs Liquidator of Shire Bus Lines Ltd and the Attorney General today,” he said.

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