Malawi Parliament rejects Atuweni-Juwayeyi  appointment as FIA head

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Atuweni Juwawi _ Rejected

LILONGWE (MalawiTalk) =Parliamentary Public Appointments Committee (Pac) has rejected Mrs Atuweni Juwayeyi Agbermodji ’s appointment as Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) Director-General.

The FIA director general is appointed by the President following a competitive interviewing and recruitment process, but is subject to confirmation by the Public Appointments Committee (PAC) of Parliament.

Sources inside the committee indicates that she got few votes hence could not qualify to be given the position.

However, chairperson for the committee  Mrs Joyce Chitsulo said she could not comment on the matter and that the outcome will be sent to Office of President and Cabinet.

Juwayeyi-Agbermodji spent her career at FIA, rising through the ranks to the position of Director-General during past governments until her tenure expired.

During her tenure as director general, FIA took a leading role in investigations into the police food rations deal involving a firm owned by a businessperson of Asian origin  mR Zameer Karim who later deposited K145 million into a Democratic Progressive Party bank account whose sole signatory was  former president   Prof Peter Mutharika.

Atuweni Juwawi _ Rejected

To appoint the director general, the law requires that the post be advertised and allow a minimum of 14 days, more likely 21 to 28 days, for applications to be submitted.

Shortlisted candidates have to have references taken up and due diligence checks done as per Section 7(3)) of the Financial Crimes Act. Thereafter, the minister submits at least two names or a maximum of three names for the President to choose from.

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