Four YALI alumni appointed into Malawi’s Parastatal boards
Malawi’s president Dr. Lazarous Chakwera has been widely applauded for appointing professionals, experienced and people of substance in society as the new board of directors of Malawi’s 67 parastatal organizations.
Four Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) alumni have since made it into the latest contingent of appointees.
Dr. Chakwela’s appointment of the board of directors is a departure from previous regimes that largely appointed ruling party zealots, handclappers and traditional and religious leaders sympathizing with the ruling party into the boards.
According to the statement issued by Secretary to the President and Cabinet Zangazanga Chikhosi on 23rd September 2020, Mr. Charles Kajoloweka (Mandela WF 2015), Miss Thembi Thadzi (Yali 2010 and Mandela Washington Fellow), Mr. Marshall Dyton (MWF 2015) and His Royal Majesty Ngwenyama Inkosi Ya Makhosi Gomani V (MWF 2018) are the four alumni who have made the grade.
Kajoloweka, a firebrand human rights and governance activist in Malawi is an alumnus of the Mandela WF 2015, a Yali Alumni MW Fellowship and Founder and Executive Director of Youth and Society (YAS) NGO. He will seat at the National Youth Council of Malawi (NYCOM) board.
Another member appointed to serve at the NYCOM Board is Thembi Thadzi, a Yali 2010 and Mandela Washington Fellow, who also has served in several positions of influence within the youth sector.
Thadzi served as Presidential Advisor on Youth, Chairperson of National Youth Council of Malawi and she is also a recipient of the Commonwealth Youth Initiative award.
Marshall Dyton is another MWF 2015 in the NYCOM Board. He is the CEO of Freelance Web Solutions Malawi, an independent institution which provides affordable web products to charitable organizations and Small to Medium Enterprises (SME)
His Royal Majesty Ngwenyama Inkosi Ya Makhosi Gomani V (MWF 2018) has been appointed to the National Gaming Board/National Lotteries Board. Gomani, a youthful prominent Ngoni chief, has been a strong advocate for the termination of Child Marriages in the country. Prior to the current appointment, Gomani has also held senior positions in various parastatal boards.
The four young leaders are taking on the new mantles at a time when parastatal organizations in Malawi have been marred by weak accountability, institutionalized corruption and weak citizen trust.
In an interview with Yali TV, one of the appointees, Dyton Marshall described his appointment as an achievement to the YALI family.
“What I gained from YALI is being translated into action. The YALI program is being recognized by the Malawi government, and it is an opportunity to sell the YALI agenda,” said Marshall.
Advocacy and Marketing Coordinator for YALI Alumni Malawi Chapter, Jimmy Brian Kayange, said the appointments only reaffirms the relevance and uniqueness of the YALI program and that the results based model training which YALI fellows undergo is truly manifesting itself.
He expressed confidence that the newly appointed YALI alumni will bring in a fresh perspective to parastatal growth and help catalyze parastatal targeted performance indicators.
“Their appointment will not only enhance professionalism and increased citizen trust in public bodies but also re-energize and inspire other young African leaders across the continent,” said Kayange.
In a statement published on their Facebook page, the US Embassy congratulated the four YALI Network alumni on their appointment and wished them success.
The Malawi Government is in the process of setting up vibrant parastatal boards as part of Corporate and public sector reforms to ensure responsive and effective public service.
The boards which are touted to bring a significant corporate revamp, have also seen the inclusion of a significant number of young professional leaders.