Former chief Immigration officer Elvis Thodi has been appointed the new director general of the National Intelligence Bureau (NIB) replacing Nicholas Dausi who was last week drafted into President Peter Mutharika’s Cabinet.
Newly appointed Chief Secretary to the Government Lloyd Muhara yesterday could neither confirm nor deny Thodi’s appointment as government’s spy chief, referring The Nation to Dausi, who is the official government spokesperson in his capacity as Minister of Information and Communications Tehcnology.
Dausi also said he could not comment “on matters of State intelligence”.
But NIB sources confirmed the appointment of Thodi, who was serving as head of administration at public tax collector Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), as well as that of Martin Gabriel Kadzuwa as NIB deputy director general.
Thodi has previously worked as director of research at the National Police Headquarters before former president Bingu wa Mutharika hired him as chief immigration officer.
Thodi left the Immigration Department in August 2012 after the Joyce Banda administration did not renew his contract. Instead, he was deployed to MRA as head of administration.
Dausi has been the head of the State intelligence agency since June 2014 when Mutharika appointed him while serving as publicity secretary for the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to replace Joseph Aironi.
Thodi could not be drawn into commenting on his appointment as his mobile phone went unanswered on several attempts. However, what the NIB sources confirmed was corroborated by congratulatory WhatsApp messages to Thodi from some of his friends and family, some of which The Nation has seen. n