LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-President Lazarus Chakwera on Tuesday night, May 23, 2022 fired incompetent Secretary to President and Cabinet (SPC) Zangazanga Chikhosi.
Chakwera has therefore replaced Zangazanga with Colleen Zamba who until her appointment was head of the Presidential Delivery Unit (PDU).
The President told the news conference at Kamuzu Palace in the capital Lilongwe that Zangazanga has been assigned to other government duties.
Chikhosi sacking comes amid widespread condemnation that the State President has been slow to act on those people frustrating the government’s agenda to fight corruption.
“With immediate effect Mr Zangazanga Chikhosi has been replaced with Madam Collen Zamba as the new SPC with immediate effect and Mr Chikhosi has since been assigned other duties,” said Chakwera without elaborating on Chikhosi’s new assignment.
Interestingly Zamba is the only second woman after former Chief Secretary Hawa Ndilowe, to serve in the highest civil service office.
Who is Colleen Zamba?
Ms. Colleen Zamba is currently the Head of Presidential Delivery Unit and Chief Advisor to the President on SDGs & Int. Affairs in State House in Malawi since April this year.
For the past twelve years she has been Economic Advisor in UNDP with six years in Nigeria Country Office, four years Zambia Country Office and past one year covering Swaziland and Lesotho Country offices.
Prior to UNDP, Colleen a macro Economist, career technocrat has nineteen years managerial and professional experience in development policy rising to Permanent Secretary Cadre in Malawi Government where she served as Principal Secretary in Ministries of Finance responsible for Economic affairs, Debt and Aid dealing with development partners, Government decision and Policy Makers and politicians (Cabinet).
Colleen holds formal qualifications in macroeconomics, (MPhil Economic Planning), development policy (Post Graduate Diploma in Development Policy) obtained at University of Glasgow where she was awarded best student of the year 1989 and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science (Economics) obtained at the University of Malawi.
The nature of work and responsibilities in all these employments involved application of superior networking skills, with interpersonal skills through working with Ministers of Finance, Trade, Heads of Government and State, politicians, professionals, chief Executives, donors and Development Partners to deliver and achieve planned results.