MISA Malawi has expressed a concern over Government failure to follow the commitment it made on laid down procedures in hiring public officers.
MISA Malawi is surprised with the appointment of the new Director of Information [DOI], Mr. Chikumbutso Mtumodzi, when the vacancy was never advertised nor was there a competitive recruitment process.
The organization has since urged Government to stick to the law in recruiting public officers, claiming that the Minister of Information, Hon. Gospel Kazako is on record to have said the new Administration is committed to ensuring that recruitment procedures were being followed.
This is contained in a statement signed by its Chairperson, Teresa Temweka Ndanga dated 28th October, 2020 with the title, Recruitment procedures of public officers must follow the law.
In the statement, MISA Malawi says Hon. Kazako told the daily Times immediately after termination of contracts for the then, Director of Information and his deputy, Mr. Mzati Mkolokosa and Mr.Deogratias Mmana respectively.
MISA Malawi says Hon, Kazako told the paper that it was important to ensure that laws are being followed when employing people into the public service, saying political colours should never be a qualification.
The organization has find the hiring of new public officers without following the due process unfortunate and a betrayal to Malawian, saying MISA Malawi fears that the trend may creep into the other media bodies such as the MBC, and MACRA, which have been equally abused in the past.
The statement says Ministry of Information, MBC and MACRA are statutory institutions with well laid down procedure and Government must let these procedures guide recruitment processes.
……’’They are Malawians and we talk to some of them. The issue is that they did not follow procedures when getting the jobs in Government and we want to correct that. There are a lot of people in Government today who are not qualified for the positions they hold while some did not even attend any interviews, they were just being picked from their homes to Capital Hill,’’….reads the statement in part.
MISA Malawi is reminding Government that freedom of expression and media freedom thrive where public bodies responsible for the media are free from any form of political interference including recruitment of officers.
By Vincent Gunde