Former MANEB boss Chiunda charged over exams leakage

By Chancy Namadzunda:

Former Malawi National Examinations Board (MANEB) Executive Director Gerald Chiunda has been charged over the leakage of national examinations materials.

Chiunda, who was arrested yesterday together with Head of Security Owen Kutho, Chief examinations development officer Ishmael Faki and Chief examinations officer Joseph Chilombe, have been formerly charged at Zomba Police.

National Police Spokesperson James Kadadzela told the local media that the suspected have been charged for allegedly failing to exercise due care in relation to the safety of national examination materials and that they failed to take reasonable steps for the security of national examination materials.

He said the charges are in accordance with the Maneb Act.

They are expected to appear before court anytime.

In November, Chiunda was suspended over the leakage of Malawi School Certificate of Education (MSCE) examinations.

According to a suspension letter signed by MANEB Vice Board Chairperson Dr Edith Mmela, Chiunda’s suspension paves the way for thorough ongoing investigations into the gross mismanagement of the exams.

“On behalf of the board, I am writing you to inform that the board has resolved to suspend you from duty in your capacity as Executive Director with immediate effect in order to allow the board to conduct thorough investigation into the matter,” reads part of the letter dated November 11, 2020.

Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) Chairperson Gift Trapence had also called for Chiunda’s resignation.

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