June 19, 2021

NOCMA suspends 4 due to indiscipline and misconduct

The National Oil Company of Malawi [NOCMA] has suspended four members of staff based at its head office for indiscipline and serious misconduct likely to disrupt NOCMA’S business operations.

The four: Mr. Mavuto Ndalahowa [Financial Accountant], Mr. Telephorus Chigwenembe [Communication Officer], Mrs. Christabel Chikusa [Personal Assistant to Chief Executive Officer] and Mrs. Magret Sakala [Human Resources and Administration Officer], have been issued with notices of suspension with effect from the 4th of March 2021 pending investigations and subsequent disciplinary hearing into their acts which have forced the company to effect notices of their suspensions.

In the notice of suspensions signed by its Acting Chief Executive Officer [CEO], Helen Buluma, says during this time, all the four members of staff have been asked not to transact on any NOCMA business nor come to the office until further communication from management through the Human Resources and Administration Department.

…”You are therefore requested not to contact, deal or seek guidance with these suspended members of staff on any business during the specified period,’’……reads the statement in part.

The notice is further advising the members of staff that should there be a need to get any work-related information not handed over by any of the four staff members, they should not hesitate to contact their immediate supervisor for further guidance.

Meanwhile, Muvi wa Chilungamo says it has been reliably informed alleging that some senior government officials in the Tonse government are working hard to shortchange the companies which have been supplying fuel to Malawi: Sahara and Apex: for their own fuel suppliers, LakeOil Company and IPG.

Muvi wa  Chilungamo says the reports allege that Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Mr. Zanga–Zanga Chikhosi was recently in Tanzania, where he discussed deals with LakeOil company and IPG to replace Sahara and Apex.

Its Commander in Chief, Bantu Saunders Jumah, has called upon President Dr. Lazarus Chakwera not to please anyone in his government but should please the constituents that voted him into power, alleging that Mr. Chikhosi is behind the replacement of the two companies in Malawi, which have been supplying fuel for many years, to satisfy his personal needs.   

Jumah is questioning the Minister of Energy, Hon. Newton Kambala for not honouring a resolution that the former suspended NOCMA officials be replaced and up to this day, there is no management alleging that this is giving an advantage to Mr. Zanga-Zanga Chikhosi and Mrs. Buluma to change documents of tendering.

…”All the suspended NOCMA officials are receiving full salaries and are enjoying all terminal benefits for the company meaning that they are indirectly working with NOCMA, someone is fooling someone,’’….lamented Jumah.

Jumah is advising Malawians to say no to the shady deals of shortchanging fuel suppliers to satisfy individual needs, saying Lake Oil and IPG do not have financial power to supply fuel without disappointing Malawians. 

By Vincent Gunde

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