Chief executive officer for the Millennium Challenge Account–Malawi (MCA-M) Suzan Banda has quit the US government- funded project two years ahead of expiry of her contract.
Banda was not immediately available for comment, but MCA-Malawi board chairperson Symon Itaye confirmed the development in an interview yesterday.
“I can indeed confirm that the CEO has resigned. The reasons cited are personal,” said Itaye.
He further confirmed that Banda is leaving two years prior to expiry of her contract as she, alongside other MCA–Malawi officials who joined the programme at its establishment, were contracted up to 2018.
Itaye, however, said Banda’s departure will not interrupt the implementation of the compact which has faced previous setbacks, including suspension of the compact in 2012 due to Malawi leadership governance concerns.
“We are a living institution and departure of one person will not affect us, we have plans to replace her as immediate as possible,” said Itaye.
Prior to her appointment, Banda, a former communications specialist, served as MCA-M’s deputy national coordinator and head of operations.
MCA-Malawi is a $350.7 million US government- sponsored programme designed to revitalise the country’s energy sector and Banda has been instrumental in facilitating the initial implementation of the programme. n