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Henry Kachaje appointed Mera CEO

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The Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) Board of Directors has appointed renowned economist Henry Kachaje as the organisation’s new chief executive officer on a three-year contract.

Mera Board Chairperson Leonnard Chikadya confirmed Kachaje’s appointment in an interview Tuesday.

Kachaje replaces Collins Magalasi, who served as Mera’s CEO until November 22 last year.

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Chikadya said the former Economics Association of Malawi President emerged the successful candidate from the group of eight candidates shortlisted for the job.

“Kachaje appointment is with effect from today and has reported for duties this morning. We received 92 applications and the board shortlisted best eight candidates for interviews.

“Henry Kachaje emerged as the best candidate amongst those eight candidates,” Chikadya said.

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He said the expectations of Malawians were that Kachaje would preserve the integrity of Mera and rebuild the image and reputation of the organisation as a regulator.

Kachaje, a former managing director for Business Consult Africa, was not immediately available for comment Tuesday.

Among other things, Kachaje will be responsible for assisting the Board of Mera in effectively regulating the energy sector in Malawi.

He is also expected to exercise administrative control over the employees of Mera and will be responsible for the general performance, conduct and discipline of all employees of Mera.

Other key duties of the Mera CEO include undertaking regulatory functions in the energy sector in Malawi in accordance with applicable legislation, in addition to providing strategic and operational leadership and management of the Mera secretariat in support of the regulatory functions of Mera.

Kachaje will also be responsible for ensuring effective and efficient regulation of the energy sector.

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