The Parliamentary Public Appointments Commitee (PAC) has recommended that President Peter Mutharika should fire MEC Commissioners and Chairperson Jane Ansah for incompetence demonstrated during last year’s elections.
Sources within PAC have confided in iHubOnline that the majority of PAC members voted in favour of firing the current Commissioners.
The recommendations are contained in a report due to be tabled in Parliament later this week before being sent to State House for President Peter Mutharika’s attention.
PAC was directed by the Constitutional Court in its landmark Presidential Elections ruling to inquire into the competence of the commission on 3 February.
In the ruling, the court nullified the vote outcome on grounds that it was missmanaged and had irregularities.
The recommendation to sack the Commissioners follows the grilling of 7 Commissioners in the last couple of weeks.
According to some sources within PAC, the Committee voted 12 against 6, in favour of sacking.
Speaking to Journalists PAC Chairperson Collins Kajawa acknowledged that the committee had concluded with assessing the capacity and competence of the Commissioners but could not divulge contents of the report.
He, however, said the recommendations will also be presented to President Mutharika through Parliament for implementation.
“We have concluded our investigations. We are now working on Administrative and Protocol issues before presenting the report to the house,” he said.
The MEC commissioners are Jean Mathanga, Mary Nkosi, Clifford Baloyi, Yahaya M’madi, Linda Kunje, Moffat Banda, Elvey Mtafu, Killion Mgawi and the Chairperson Justice Dr. Ansah.
The HRDC has led a mass movement demanding the resignation of the Commissioners but registered no success.
As stated by some during the inquiry, fear of loss of benefits was cited as a major concern for early exit.