The disciplinary committee instituted by the Malawi Electoral Commission (Mec) to hear the four managers who were suspended over the alleged misappropriation of funds amounting to K15.4 million at the commission will start the hearing today.
Acting spokesperson of the commission, Richard Mveriwa, confirmed on Sunday that Chief Elections Officer Willie Kalonga will be the first to appear before the committee.
“The disciplinary hearing starts tomorrow [today] with Willie Kalonga but I have to check the whole programme tomorrow as to when the other managers will be facing the committee,” he said.
The disciplinary committee will be chaired by Commissioner Mary Nkosi who is also the Chairperson of the commission’s Audit Committee, according to Mveriwa.
“The committee will also have members from the office of the Attorney General and the Department of Human Resources. Some commissioners will also be part of the committee,” he said.
He could, however, not divulge the issues that the committee will be drilling the four on, saying that will be made public after the disciplinary findings.
The disciplinary hearing by the commission is a way of implementing recommendations by the Independent Audit Review Panel which proposed disciplinary action on some Mec managers.
Four managers of the commission were found with issues to answer on the alleged misappropriation of funds.
The four are Kalonga, Director of Administration and Human Resources George Khaki, Director of Finance Khumbo Phiri and Procurement Manager Edington Chilapondwa.
The Malawi Electoral Cycle Support Project Steering Committee suspended seven managers of the commission to pave the way for investigations on the alleged misappropriation of funds.
However, three managers, namely Deputy Chief Elections Officer Harris Potani, Procurement Officer Chimwemwe Kamala and Assistant Procurement Officer Sydney Ndembe were recalled as they were found to have no cases with the commission.
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