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Ombudsman goes after MPC, Macra

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The Office of the Ombudsman is investigating allegations of nepotism, tribalism and abuse of office in recruitments at the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) when Godfrey Itaye was its Director- General and Malawi Posts Corporation (MPC) when Henry Shamu was the Postmaster General.

Spokesperson in the Office of Ombudsman Arthur Semba confirmed that the Ombudsman had written the two institutions saying the office received complaints which prompted the actions.

“It is a normal process that when we receive a complaint we look at it to see if it has merit or not. We received those complaints and depending on the responses we get, we will see the way forward,” Semba said.

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The two letters from Ombudsman Martha Chizuma to the current Macra and MPC heads Shamu and Zachaeus Meke, respectively, say the Ombudsman has powers to investigate the two institutions under the laws of Malawi.

“I would like to solicit your comprehensive responses on each of the allegations. For avoidance of doubt, I would like your comments to touch on the recruitment process that was used for each of the positions i.e. the declaration of vacancy, adverts for the positions, shortlisting processes, the interview processes and offers to the successful candidates,” reads the letter to Shamu who was heading MPC when the recruitments in question took place.

Among others, the Ombudsman enquires reports that Itaye recruited some people at Macra because of their affiliation to the then governing Democratic Progressive Party and Seventh Day Adventist Church.

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Macra spokesperson Clara Ngwira confirmed that the authority has received the letter from the Ombudsman.

“It is true that we have received the letter and we will respond within the given time,” she said.

The Ombudsman also queries some promotions at MPC when Shamu was Postmaster General.

Meke also confirmed receiving the letter, adding that MPC will respond to the queries accordingly.

“The letter is demanding some documents which we need to compile within the given timeframe. I am just getting in the office but we will respond to the queries as we have been asked,” Meke said.

The Ombudsman has given both Macra and MPC two weeks to respond to the queries.

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