Chakwera reacts to critics over daughter`s diplomatic appointment

President Lazarus Chakwera has hit back at critics questioning the appointment of his daughter to a diplomatic mission in Brussels, Belgium describing them as lacking, unfair and worrisome.

Speaking through his Press Secretary Brian Banda at Monday’s State House Briefing, said the President has made over 2000 appointments in the civil service and it is unfair to criticize him of appointing his own daughter.

Banda, added that the President’s daughter has qualifications and has passed through all due vetting processes.

“Out of those 2, 000 appointments, only one appointment which was dully vetted following thorough process in as far as appointments are concerned, you have a problem with that?

“Someone who is qualified for the job, the only problem that the person you are referring to is being the daughter of the President, we at State House found that lacking,” said Banda.

State House has also disclosed that the Malawi leader is this coming Sunday expected to leave the country for London where he has been invited by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to attend the Global Education Summit.

However, the President`s international trip comes at a time when Johnson is self-isolating after a Covid contact.

On this, Banda said summit is not just a one man show because it has drawn a number of experts and Chakwera will be attending as a Globe Champion for Higher Education in Africa.

He added that Chakwera will follow all Coronavirus restrictions in course of attending the Summit.

On the contentious Labour Relations (Amendment) Bill, State House says it will not comment as the matter is subject of application for judicial review before the court.

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