BY UCHIZI MBANGE
Two of the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) appointees have been reportedly rejected by the Public Appointment Committee (PAC) of Parliament for various reservations.
PAC met over the weekend to vet the appointees, and is expected to present their recommendations on Monday, March 28, 2022, to the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC).
Chakwera appointed Reckford Kampanje and Innocencia Chirombo as chaiperson and vice chairperson respectively. Others are Lameck Nchembe and Ulemu Kambwiri.
Secretary for Energy, Director of Energy and MERA chief executive officer are ex-officios.
But after interviews, ShireTimes has learnt that PAC rejected Innocencia Chirombo because she had already served in the previous board which was faulted in the appointment of Mera chief executive officer Henry Kachaje.
The Committee also rejected Rhodrick Chingota, 76, for being too old. Apparently, Chingota had replaced Lameck Nchembe who was removed from the original appointment on PAC’s recommendation.
PAC chairperson Joyce Chitsulo confirmed the Committee conducting interviews – between Saturday and Sunday – but said could not comment on the outcome yet.