The Government of Malawi through ministry of Local government has demoted 15 district commissioners and administrations officers promoted in April this year, claiming that their posts did not exist in the civil service.
In a letter from the ministry addressed to one of the demoted DCs states three reasons, among them, lack of funding to service their new positions.
“I write to inform you that after thorough consultations with the relevant authorities and discussions held with you on 11th August, 2014 with regard and further noting that the post to which you were promoted does not exist, there was no Established Warrant and there were no funds available to service the post.
This renders your post to District Commissioner Grade P4 null and void. You’re further informed that you have been reverted to the post of Chief Administrative Officer (Grade F/P5) with effect from April 7, 2014. You will now, however, serve at Lilongwe District Council”, reads part of the statement.
Other DCs that FaceofMalawi contacted denied being demoted while others confirmed of the development.
The affected DCs include; DC for Chiradzulu James Manyetera, DC for Nkhotakota James Kanyangalazi, DC for Salima Rev Moses Chimphepo and DC for Mulanje Jack Ngulube.