Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (Mera) board of directors have appointed motivational speaker and former Economics Association of Malawi (Ecama) president Henry Kachaje as the parastatals’ chief executive officer (CEO).
Mera board chairperson Leonard Chikadya yesterday said Kachaje emerged the best candidate out of eight people interviewed for the position.
He said: “We received 92 applications and the board shortlisted the best eight candidates for interviews and Mr Kachaje emerged as the best candidate amongst those eight candidates.”
Chikadya said Kachaje reported for work yesterday after the board offered him a three-year contract.
He said they expect the new CEO to preserve the integrity of Mera and rebuild its image and reputation as a regulator.
However, Chikadya declined to reveal names of the other candidates, saying: “It would not please anyone who failed an interview to have his name published in a national paper.”
According to the advert floated in the press in December last year, Mera indicated that they wanted an individual with a minimum qualification of a master’s degree in law, economics or energy.
Efforts to talk to Kachaje yesterday proved futile as he did not pick up our phone calls throughout the day on his two mobile numbers.
But according to his LinkedIn profile, Kachaje holds a bachelor of social science majoring in economics from University of Malawi obtained in 1994 and is a certified business consultant (University of Durham-United Kingdom).