Parliament wants MEC Commissioners fired

The Public Appointments Committee (PAC) of Parliament has maintained its stand on the firing of two Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) Commissioners on grounds of incompetence in the handling the 2019 presidential election.

According to the Committee`s Chairperson Joyce Chitsulo, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) Commissioners; Jean Mathanga and Linda Kunje, were previously recommended for dismissal by PAC.

“We are maintaining our stand because we recommended that the previous MEC Commissioners be fired and as PAC were are maintaining our stand,” said Chitsulo.

He said PAC has acclaimed its previous st,and on firing the two Commissioners and clarified on the response that was made by the President about the Commissioners.

“WE received some issues to clarify from the President, so what we were doing as PAC was to respond and clarify to the President and Cabinet (OPC); like that the Commissioner had no lawyers or maybe giving them a short notice,” Chitsulo said.

In a related development, the Committee has decried to comment on unconfirmed reports implying that it has rejected the appointment of Atuweni Juwayeyi as Director General of the Financial Intelligence Authority.

“As PAC we have done our job, we met the appointee, and as the procedure we are going to forward the outcome of the confirmation hearing to the Office of the OPC through the Clerk of Parliament.

As of now I will not be able to say whether she is been confirmed or not, if I will do that then it will be very unprofessional, we don’t report on interview outcomes in the media, not even the owner has gotten the results,” stressed the PAC chairperson.

Meanwhile, all eyes are on OPC to disclose the outcome of the confirmation hearing.

Juwayeyi was appointed by President Lazarus Chakwera on the position.

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