By John Ikani
The president of Malawi, Lazarus Chakwera has come under fire for appointing his daughter, Violet, to serve at Malawi’s embassy in Brussels as Third Secretary.
Mr Chakwera who pride his administration as a strong force against nepotism made it a key pledge during his election campaign in 2020.
Reacting to the appointment, citizens flooded social media with screenshots of speeches and newspaper cuttings depicting the president condemning his predecessor for being nepotistic.
A key social media influencer, Onjezani Kenani, who was also a fierce critic of the former regime, is among the more prominent voices condemning President Chakwera, suggesting he is proving to be worse than Mr Mutharika.
“The last time I checked, Peter Mutharika never appointed any son or daughter of his to any taxpayer funded position,” Mr Kenani, pointed out.
The former president did however appoint his niece, Duwa to serve as First Secretary at Malawi’s embassy in South Africa.
State House has defended the president’s appointments, saying everyone who has been given a job was considered for positions based on their qualifications.