Former minister of Information, Communications and Technology (ICT) Malison Ndau says odd events happened prior to losing his Cabinet post on Monday.
The minister said the odd events included learning that he had been fired through a crawler news brief on the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) Television station.
Ndau was the only Cabinet minister fired by President Peter Mutharika and has since been replaced by former chief of the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) Nicholas Dausi.
In the reshuffle, High Court Judge Lloyd Muhara was elevated from Deputy Chief Secretary of the Government to Chief Secretary while his former boss, George Mkondiwa, was demoted to the position of High Commissioner to India.
Isaac Munlo has been recalled from Malawi’s High Commission in India and is Chief Director in the Ministry of Foreign and International Cooperation.
In an interview with The Nation, Ndau said he had had no prior notification that he would lose his job until when he saw the bottom-of-the television screen footnote announcement at a time he was about to switch off his office television screen and head home for lunch.
“I then just said ‘bye’ to my secretary, then I went downstairs, because it [the office] was on the second floor, and I found my driver. My driver had already removed the [ministerial] flag. So, he just took me home,” he said of his last ride in a ministerial vehicle.
And in an interview with Zodiak Broadcasting Station (ZBS) Ndau says it was strange that some people had fabricated rumours twice about him resigning from his post as Information minister, once when there was an outcry on information on the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) visit by Mutharika a few months ago and lately, a few days to losing his job.
“Honestly, that was not true. There was never any time I had resigned during the UNGA saga. Even this time around, some people are saying the same, but ‘no,’ that is not true,” he stressed.
The former minister said he was perplexed that when Parliament tackled the Access to Information Bill last week, Leader of the House George Chaponda had introduced the Bill abruptly on the floor, going against earlier set plans that the Bill be introduced on Friday—a few days later.
Some critics have faulted frequent changes in ministries, saying that affects continuity. n