Government yesterday dissolved seven more boards of statutory corporations, bringing the number of dissolved boards to 67 after 60 others were dissolved on Monday this week.
A brief statement on taxpayer-funded Malawi Broadcasting Corporation Facebook page last evening quoting Chief Secretary to Government, says the decision was with effect from yesterday.
Reads the statement in part: “The new government of President Dr Lazarus Chakwera on Thursday dissolved seven more boards of directors of statutory corporations and State owned enterprises, bringing to 67 the total number of boards dissolved since he took oath of office on June 28.”
The dissolved boards include Malawi Revenue Authority, Roads Fund Administration, Reserve Bank of Malawi and Malawi Agriculture and Industrial Investment Corporation.
Others include Smallholder Farmers Fertiliser Revolving Fund of Malawi, Pesticides Control Board and Sunbird Malawi Limited.
But when contacted last evening, Chief Secretary to Government Charles Zangazanga referred The Nation to controller of statutory corporations Stuart Ligomeka, who declined to speak saying “it was outside working hours”.
On Monday, government dissolved boards of Agriculture Development and Marketing Corporation, Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi, Malawi Housing Corporation, Airport Development Limited, Malawi College of Accountancy, Lilongwe Water Board, Electricity Generation Company and Southern Region Water Board.
Others are Malawi Institute of Management, Malawi Posts Corporation, National Food Reserve Agency, Northern Region Water Board, Blantyre Water Board, Central Region Water Board, National Oil Company of Malawi, Malawi Enterprise Development Fund and Tobacco Commission.
The list includes Umodzi Holdings Limited, Technical Entrepreneurial Vocational Education and Training Authority, National Construction Industry Council, National Aids Council, Malawi Environmental Protection Authority,National Water Resources Authority, Public Private Partnership Commission, Higher Education Students Loans and Grants Board and Competition and Fair Trading Commission.
Others are National Water Resources Authority, National Council for Higher Education, National Youth Council, National Library Services, Malawi Commission for Unesco, Medical Council of Malawi, Roads Authority, Small and Medium Entrepreneurs Development Institute, Mzuzu University and Malawi University of Science and Technology.
Further, there is Malawi College of Health Sciences, University of Malawi, Malawi National Examinations Board, Air Cargo Malawi Limited, Central Medical Stores Trust, Malawi Bureau of Standards, Malawi Gaming Board, Pharmacy Medicines and Poisons Board and Malawi Accountants Board.
On Monday, Chakwera also appointed a partial Cabinet of four members where Vice-President Saulos Chilima was named Minister of Economic Planning, Development and Public Sector Reforms.
Initially, the President had appointed a five-member Cabinet. However, lawyer Modecai Msisha, turned down his appointment as Minister of Justice.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Chakwera wrote on his Facebook and Twitter pages that he has made progress together with Chilima on the appointment of a new Cabinet that will be unveiled soon.