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Barred Macra staff back to work

Egrita Ndala

Some of Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) members of staff who were stopped from going to work by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) have resumed work after expiry of the restriction notice.

ACB instructed the then Macra director-general (DG) Henry Shamu not to allow MacDonald Phoya, Villant Tambulasi, Charles Fodya and Limbani Sekani to discharge or continue discharging their duties at the institution.

Others that were affected by the notice included Tiyamike Zawanda, Timothy Sukali, Emmanuel Banda, Ruth Mdala, Kumbukani Lisilira and Frank Mdala.

Macra acting DG Henry Silika confirmed that the staff members were reporting for duties.

“We followed up with the ACB at the expiry of the restriction and were told that the bureau was not going to renew the restriction because they had concluded their investigations and that they would be releasing their report soon,” he said.

ACB spokesperson Egrita Ndala corroborated Silika’s words, saying they concluded investigations into the issue.

“The reason we issued the restriction was to ensure that they did not interfere with our investigations. Now that the investigations are done, there is no reason for us to maintain the restriction,” she said.

Ndala said results of the probe would be released at an appropriate time.

There were allegations that those that recruited the members of staff in question did not follow procedures.

Recruitment processes at the authority are said to be susceptible to political interference.

Information Minister Gospel Kazako is on record to have said that public sector employees who were not recruited in line with existing laws would be sent packing.

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