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George Mkondiwa speaks on ‘demotion’

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Former chief secretary to the government , George Mkondiwa, has opened up on his demotion and said he is not worried about anything but relishes his redeployment to India where he will serve as Malawi’s High Commissioner.

Mkondiwa was chief secretary until towards the end of the just-ended year when President Peter Mutharika replaced him with his then deputy Lloyd Muhara. Malawi’s High Commissioner to India, Isaac Munlo, has been recalled to become Chief Director at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This means that Mkondiwa will be reporting to Munlo who was his junior when the former was chief secretary.

Mkondiwa said his position as chief secretary was not eternal and he philosophically said “life is a journey where levels can change any time.”

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“I am happy to go to India; India is a very nice place. Was I supposed to be there [as chief secretary] for the rest of my life? It doesn’t work like that. If you are a driver and you have an assistant driver and you are moved to be a mechanic while the deputy takes over as a driver, that’s normal in labour things,” he said.

Meanwhile the Public Appointments Committee (Pac) of Parliament is expected to interview Mkondiwa next week and Chairperson of the committee, Lingson Berekanyama, said the committee is doing all preparations to conduct the interviews as soon as possible.

“I will see to it that he is interviewed by next week as I have just received news from the Clerk of Parliament that a letter requesting for interviews has come. So far the only appointment for interviews is that of Mkondiwa,” he said.

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Mkondiwa’s redeployment comes a year after the then top civil servant was due for retirement in November 2015 after he attained government mandatory retirement age of 60 years.

He was appointed chief secretary to the Government on August 27, 2014 by Mutharika.

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