The scandal that Chakwera was running away from in Malawi

After the Malawian president Lazarus Chakwera and first lady Monica Chakwera landed in the country for the Mashujaa Day celebrations, Kenyans were ecstatic to receive them. They were even more glad to notice that they were still around the following day. However, unbeknownst to Kenyans, back in the Malawian capital of Lilongwe the Chakweras had left a storm brewing in the form of a very scandalous affair that threatens to disrupt his government.

The Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) last week arrested the Human Resource Management Officer at the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Kingstone Mazibuko, for employing his underqualified son into the ministry.

He has been charged with abuse of office. Mazibuko is alleged to have employed his underqualified son, Michael, as Physical Planning Ranger in the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development although the son did not meet the academic requirement stated in the job advertisement.

In a press release issued on Thursday, ACB Principal Public Relations Officer Egrita Ndala said the Bureau received the complaint on October 21, 2021, and, after conducting investigations, it was established that Mazibuko, father to Michael, while working as the Human Resource Management Officer at the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, shortlisted his son for interviews although he did not qualify.

What, however, is now causing an even bigger outcry is the apparent double standard which is being applied. It will be remembered that Chakwera made international news headlines for all the wrong reasons after he selected his own daughter for state appointment. Before this, his cabinet which he formed after beating the then incumbent, president Mutharika, was heavily tainted with nepotism claims.

“On 13th October, 2021, the Bureau arrested Mr. Kingstone Mazibuko. He was taken to court on 14th October where he was charged with one count of abuse of office contrary to Section 25 B (1) of the Corrupt Practices Act,” reads the statement in part.

Ndala said Mazibuko was granted bail after producing to the Court K50,000 cash as bail bond, ordered to report at ACB offices in Lilongwe once every fortnight on Thursdays and produced one surety bonded at K500, 000.00 not cash.

Mazibuko was also ordered to surrender travel documents to the court. His trial will commence on December, 2, 2021.

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