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Electricity single buyer licence operator Power Market Limited (PML) Monday obtained a court injunction stopping Ombudsman Grace Malera from conducting a public enquiry into the recruitment of top officials at the institution.

Malera has confirmed the development saying the injunction was served at her office yesterday morning.

She said the injunction is up to August 1 when both sides will go to court to make submissions.

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Recently, Malera indicated that her office would conduct an enquiry into the matter from July 25 to 27.

In a letter dated June 24 2022, Malera summoned representatives of Escom Staff Union (ESU) and Comptroller of Statutory Corporation to the public enquiry scheduled for July 26, 2022 in Blantyre.

Malera, in the letter titled ‘Public Inquiry into Allegations of Irregular Recruitment at PML’, observed that the complainants had alleged that the entire executive management at PML was recruited without undergoing interviews, but was appointed based on political affiliation to the former ruling Democratic Progressive Party.

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“Please be advised that I am looking for the recruitment process followed all applicable regulatory frameworks within your organisations. You are, therefore, expected to respond on this allegation…non-compliance with this notice will result in initiation of contempt proceedings at the High Court against yourself under Section 124(d) of the Constitution,” reads part of the letter.

PML officials Monday declined to comment on the injunction, saying the matter is in court.

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