LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-The Ombudsman Grace Malera on Friday, September 30, 2022 directed that the appointment of Deputy Chief Executive Officer of National Oil Company of Malawi (NOCMA) Helen Buluma be nullified forthwith.

Malera orders also that Buluma contract be treated as it never happened and no benefits should be paid for the time served.

Embattled Helen Buluma

The Ombudsman therefore also directed that Buluma’s contract should be terminated forthwith arguing that her recruitment was illegal.

According to Ombudsman’s determination, Buluma should not be allowed to benefit from an illegality.

The Ombudsman has also found that at the time of Buluma appointment, the position of deputy CEO did not exist in Nocma’s establishment.

Malera says evidence from Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) on the recruitment of Buluma shows that she was appointed through a presidential directive in 2019.

Ombudsman Grace Malera

The Ombudsman made the determination after the office received four complaints from different complainants including Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC), some NOCMA employees and Fuel Tankers Association.

Malera says after analyzing the complaints, she found that the complaints were within her office’s jurisdiction.

This means Buluma is no longer NOCMA employee.

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