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Chief Secretary to Government, Lloyd Muhara, never at any time contemplated on refurbishing his own office to the tune of K64 million rather the quote was for the whole Office of President and Cabinet office complex.

Media reports misrepresented the contract between government and EQWIP Interior Works saying the K64 million was only for furniture in Muhara’s office. However, a statement from Ministry of Information and Communications Technology indicates that the workload included replacing old carpets, ceiling boards, painting the walls and installing CCTV cameras for security of equipment and replacement of worn-out desks and chairs.

The ministry has said it was necessary for the whole OPC complex to be refurbished as the last time this happened was in 1975.

Funding for the refurbishment exercise is said to have been sourced from Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development.

Following a public outcry on the figures that were in the first place misrepresented by the media, government has put the whole contract on hold so as to look into all aspects and prove the doubting Tomasses wrong about government’s commitment to financial prudence.

Muhara has justifiably remained silent through the whole hullabaloo knowing fully well that those who crucified him from a point of ignorance should first be given all facts.

There are rumours that Muhara is a victim of infighting within government system and those who don’t like him are so determined to bring him down using fabricated stories and mercenary tactics.

Muhara was hired last year to see implementation of Public Sector Reforms within civil service and has since played a huge role in pushing government’s new agenda into fruition.

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Chief Secretary to Government, Lloyd Muhara, never at any time contemplated on refurbishing his own office to the tune of K64 million rather the quote was for the whole Office of President and Cabinet office complex.

Media reports misrepresented the contract between government and EQWIP Interior Works saying the K64 million was only for furniture in Muhara’s office. However, a statement from Ministry of Information and Communications Technology indicates that the workload included replacing old carpets, ceiling boards, painting the walls and installing CCTV cameras for security of equipment and replacement of worn-out desks and chairs.

The ministry has said it was necessary for the whole OPC complex to be refurbished as the last time this happened was in 1975.

Funding for the refurbishment exercise is said to have been sourced from Ministry of Finance, Economic Planning and Development.

Following a public outcry on the figures that were in the first place misrepresented by the media, government has put the whole contract on hold so as to look into all aspects and prove the doubting Tomasses wrong about government’s commitment to financial prudence.

Muhara has justifiably remained silent through the whole hullabaloo knowing fully well that those who crucified him from a point of ignorance should first be given all facts.

There are rumours that Muhara is a victim of infighting within government system and those who don’t like him are so determined to bring him down using fabricated stories and mercenary tactics.

Muhara was hired last year to see implementation of Public Sector Reforms within civil service and has since played a huge role in pushing government’s new agenda into fruition.

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The High Court in Lilongwe has granted a restraining order stopping Enock Chihana from acting as Aford president and nullifies all decisions he has made on that capacity since the expiry of his mandate on 8th September.

The court has further ordered the holding of the party convention before end of this month in line with Aford constitution.

The ruling follows an application filed by Dan Msowoya, Christopher Ritchie, Owen Mumba Earnest Kanyanya.

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A code of conduct for reporting 2019 elections has included a provision whose aim is to regulate opinion polls.

In a draft code of conduct which representatives of the media and other stakeholders are discussing in Lilongwe on Wednesday, one of the issues raised is that opinion polls have to be handled carefully.

The code says media houses should not present random surveys as scientific opinion polls.

It says in reporting opinion polls, the media need to reveal which party, an individual or organisation commissioned and paid for the poll, the purposes of the poll, the identity of the organisaton and its expertise in polling.

During the opening ceremony of the exercise, Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Jane Ansah said the electoral body recognizes the important role that the media plays in the electoral process.

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A code of conduct for reporting 2019 elections has included a provision whose aim is to regulate opinion polls.

In a draft code of conduct which representatives of the media and other stakeholders are discussing in Lilongwe on Wednesday, one of the issues raised is that opinion polls have to be handled carefully.

The code says media houses should not present random surveys as scientific opinion polls.

It says in reporting opinion polls, the media need to reveal which party, an individual or organisation commissioned and paid for the poll, the purposes of the poll, the identity of the organisaton and its expertise in polling.

During the opening ceremony of the exercise, Malawi Electoral Commission Chairperson Jane Ansah said the electoral body recognizes the important role that the media plays in the electoral process.

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