President Peter Mutharika has given the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) the nod to appoint a new Accountant General, William Matambo, replacing Thomas Makiwa who has been in office for about 18 months.
Matambo has since reported for duties with immediate effect at the Accountant General’s Department, according to sources, while Makiwa is set to join Langton Gomani as deputy auditor general at NAO.
Until his appointment on Wednesday, Matambo was working as director (strategy and risk) at the Reserve Bank of Malawi (RBM) since 2010, according to his LinkedIn profile.
Matambo holds a Master’s degree in Insurance and Risk Management from Cass Business School and is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FCCA). He also holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Accountancy) from the University of Malawi and certifications in internal auditing and business continuity management.
Chief Secretary to the Government George Mkondiwa confirmed the appointments on Thursday, describing them as normal.
Two weeks ago, The Nation reported that OPC had re-engaged Gomani as the new deputy auditor general, a position he previously held until his retirement earlier this year.
NAO spokesperson Lawrence Chinkhunda said Makiwa would fill the vacant position of the second deputy Auditor General, which is in conformity with the institution’s organisational structure as approved by government.
The appointment of Makiwa, who previously served as director of Central Internal Audit Office in OPC, comes as NAO is conducting several important audits, including the 2005 to 2014 forensic audit with financial and technical assistance from the government of Germany.
In terms of hierarchy in the civil service, the Auditor General is at the level of Deputy Chief Secretary to the Government while Accountant General is at the level of principal secretary (PS); hence, Makiwa’s perks will remain the same only that he will not be a controlling officer.
Just recently, government redeployed several public officers, among them Andrew Kumbatira who has moved from Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (Macra) back to Malawi Posts Corporations (MPC) and Ralph Kamoto from Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA) back to Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera)