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Shake-up in councils

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The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development has moved District Commissioners (DCs) in a number of councils.

According to a communication on the ministry’s official Facebook page, the affected councils are Thyolo, Neno, Nkhotakota, Nsanje, Kasungu Municipal and Chitipa.

“The Ministry wishes to inform the public that District Commissioners have been transferred to District Councils as follows: Justin Kathumba from Thyolo to Neno District, Blessings Nkhoma from Neno to Nkhotakota [and] Dr Medson Matchaya from Nkhotakota to Nsanje District,” reads part of the communication.

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The communication also says Douglas Moffat has been moved from Nsanje to Thyolo while Stuart Ngoka has been transferred from Kasungu Municipal to Chitipa District.

Social media has been awash with reports that Chief Director in the Ministry of Economic Planning, Development and Public Sector Reforms Seodi White has been transferred to Neno as DC, a development which she and spokesperson for the Ministry of Local Government Muhlabase Mughogho refuted.

Matchaya has been moved from Nkhotakota following weeks of strike by the council workers who accused him of abuse of office.

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The Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development then tried to send him to Thyolo where workers and councillors there also rejected him.

The changes in the councils follow other changes which government effected in 21 ministries and some departments and agencies.

Minister of Information and Government Spokesperson Gospel Kazako defended the changes, saying government is putting right people in right places to deliver on the Tonse Alliance government promises.

“We need a team of people who share the vision of the Tonse Alliance government so that we deliver on our promises. After four or five years Malawians will come back to us and ask what we have delivered. There is no malice whatsoever; all we want is to deliver a better Malawi for all,” Kazako said.

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