National Oil Company of Malawi (Nocma) Deputy Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Helen Buluma has suspended four of the company’s members of staff, a few days after some staff members wrote the company’s board chairperson demanding that she be removed from her position.
The suspended staff members are Financial Accountant Mavuto Ndalahoma, Communications Officer Telephorus Chigwenembe, CEO Personal Assistant Christabel Chikusa and Human Resources and Administration Officer Margret Sakala.
One of them confirmed being suspended but opted for anonymity.
A communication that The Daily Times has seen, which Buluma has signed, notifies staff members that the four have been suspended initially for 14 days effective March 4 2021.
At the time of the suspension, Buluma says there will be investigations and subsequent disciplinary hearing into acts of indiscipline and serious misconduct likely to disrupt Nocma’s business operations.
“During the time, all the four members of staff have been asked not to transact any Nocma business nor [sic] come to the office until further communication from management through the Human Resources and Administration Department,” the communication indicates.
On March 1 this year, Nocma staff members informed the company’s board that they wanted Buluma removed.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
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