LILONGWE (MaraviPost) — Malawi government has coughed millions of kwacha to Bruno Kalemba — former Director of Public Prosecution and (DPP) and Rezine Mzikamanda — former Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) director — for unprocedural dismissals, MaraviPost can report.
The two were fired immediately the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) was ushered into power following the May 20 tripartite elections dubbed by both local and international media as chaotic.
Mzikamanda was re-deployed to the Supreme Court of Appeal while latest information indicates that Kalemba is now with the Ministry of labour.
The Public Accounts Committee of parliament, a committee that validates the appointments of the DPP and ACB directors was irked after president Peter Mutharika replaced the two without notifying the committee as per legal requirement.
Government’s human resource principal secretary Sam Madula and Chief Secretary Willie Samute were summoned by public appointments committee to explain why the committee was bypassed in the termination of contracts of the two officers.
Chairperson of PAC Lingson Berekanyama said that the two Samute and Madula appeared before the committee and apologized to the committee for bypassing the committee when replacing the two.
Berekanyama however said that the committee was delighted to have heard from the two government officials as well as Kalemba and Mzikamanda and that the two parties agreed to their replacements after an understanding was reached with government.
However, our sources have revealed that the two pocketed millions of Kwacha as compensation for their inconvenience replacement and that they accepted to work within the government systems to continue enjoying their benefits.
The two fired officers however refused to comment on the issue when effort was made for them to be heard on the matter.
This comes as Mutharika contradicted his earlier public statement that his government will not fire public officers without reasons as it is costly to compensate the fired officials.