THE Tobacco Control Commission (TCC) on Friday bade farewell to former chief executive officer Bruce Munthali whose contract expired in August this year.
Munthali served the commission for six years and has been replaced by Albert Changaya.
Munthali was hailed for raising TCCs profile in various sectors that include tobacco smuggling, quality and regulatory policies among others.
TCC Board chairperson InkosiyaMakosiMbelwa V said during Munthali’s tenure, the commission managed to construct the new five story headquarters building in Lilongwe.
He said this shows great ambition the TCC had under Munthali’s leadership.
“This is a big milestone as it has raised the profile of TCC. There are a number of achievements like the increase of buyers, new tobacco markets and value addition efforts that Munthali has been championing,” said Mbelwa.
In his speech Munthali said all what he achieved was due to a supportive staff, urging them to extend the gesture to the incoming CEO.
Munthali said under his leadership, he has managed to increase TCC’s annual income from K1.2 billion to K2 billion.
He further said during his tenure, the number for tobacco buying companies increased from five to 10. a number of buyers has jumped from five to 10 while two cigarette manufacturing companies will establish their factories in Malawi to bring the total to three.
“You can achieve more if the working environment is not hostile and it is my hope that the new CEO will be given the same support in order to make TCC achieve more under his leadership,” said Munthali.
During the function David Luka was also unveiled as the deputy CEO for TCC which currently has a total of 250 workers.
The new CEO, an agricultural scientist, once worked for TCC and was until his appointment working for Tea Research Foundation Central Africa (TRFCA).