Clam-up after shake-up

Government offers no explanation as heads roll at Police and ESCOM

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Inspector General of Police, Lexton Kachama

GOVERNMENT officials provided no further explanation after the shake-up in which the heads of the police and the country’s supplier of electricity, ESCOM, have been suddenly replaced.

A terse official announcement from the Chief Secretary to the Government, Lloyd Muhara, said yesterday Inspector General of Police, Lexton Kachama was replaced by his deputy, Rodney Jose.

The announcement which is circulating on social media, also said the chairman of the board of ESCOM, Perks Ligoya, had been replaced with a high street banker, Thomson Mpinganjira.

ESCOM is under serious allegations of corruption and inefficiencies, and in which homes and businesses are being subjected to  electricity blackouts that last for up to eight  hours a day.

Ligoya, a former ambassador to India, was however rewarded with another diplomatic posting, this time as ambassador to the United Nations.

Spokespersons in government as well as in statutory corporations under which ESCOM falls, offered no further explanations on the reasons for the changes.

Mpinganjira was apparently caught by surprise over his appointment. He told The Express: “I am waiting for official communication.”

On his part, Kachama who was appointed Inspector General of Police, IG, by President Peter Mutharika in February 2015, would only say when contacted by The Express: “ I have retired, but I don’t want to talk. I’ll not talk anything about my future plans.”

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