Centre for Democracy and Economic Development Initiative (CDEDI) says it is dismayed with the delays by President Lazarus Chakwera to appoint new board of directors for parastatal organizations.
In a statement released today, August 19 2020 signed by the CDEDI Executive Director Sylvester Namiwa titled “Delays to reconstitute parastatal boards, a fertile ground for corruption and abuse of public funds” says the absent of the parastatal board of directors can create room for corruption and abuse of funds in the parastatal organizations by government, so that the blame should be on the former board of directors.
“CDEDI is dismayed to note that all but two parastatals are running without board of directors after the State President Lazarus Chakwera dissolved them all just soon after descending to the high office, ” said Namiwa.
Namiwa also said that the reconstitution will also enable to do a clean up exercise in those parastatals as most of them do provide essential services to malawians.
“CDEDI just like all malawians of goodwill, welcomed the dissolution of the parastatal boards since it resonated with the much waited public sector reforms, It was our expectation that since the Tonse Alliance government spoke very highly of the need for a fresh beginning,
“The parastatal boards would have been reconstituted in timely manner in order to give room to the cleaning-up exercise of our parastatals, most of which offer essential services to people,” added Namiwa.
Namiwa further claims that the silence to reconstitute the parastatals can be that in the Tonse Administration there are disagreements interms of who will take up positions in these parastatals, as the Tonse Administration is composed of nine political parties.
“The deafening silence on the appointment of the parastatal boards is raising fears that there are disagreements interms of how the Tonse Alliance members will share the spoils among the nine political parties. Or it is a deliberate ploy to allow extended abuse of funds, so that the blame should be heaped on the previous boards and administration.
“In all fairness, the silence is so defeaning and the waiting has been so long, if the tone and implessive political rhetoric during the campaign is anything to go by,!” lamented Namiwa.
Meanwhile, Namiwa has also called upon President Chakwera to base the appointments of the board of directors of parastatals on merit.
President Lazarus Chakwera through his Executive Assistant and State House Director of Communication Sean Kampondeni a week ago told the media that the President will make the appointment of parastatal directors not later than September 2 2020. As he was still making some consultations.