Thursday, February 2

Pastor Ngwira confirmed as spy chief amid insecurity in neighboring Mozambique

By Staff Writer:

Public Appointments Committee (PAC) of Parliament has confirmed Pastor Dokani Ngwira as Director General of Malawi’s spy agency, National Intelligence Services (NIS).

PAC Chairperson Joyce Chitsulo confirmed the appointment of the former executive secretary of Water Services Association of Malawi (Wasama).

Ngwira, who was appointed to the position by President Lazarus Chakwera in July last year, ascends to the top position after serving the agency for a long time in different positions.

In February this year, the then State House Press Secretary Brian Banda announced 10 principal secretaries (PSs), 28 district commissioners (DCs) and five chief executive officers (CEOs) of councils had been interdicted due to their failure to account for K6.2 billion Covid-19 response funds.

According to a list from Office of President and Cabinet (OPC) which The Nation sourced, Ngwira and other security institutions chiefs were also affected as heads of clusters.

However, the list never took effect.

His confirmation also comes when the country is following closely the violent unrest in the northern province of Mozambique might spread to neighboring states, Malawi being one of them.

Recently, The United States of America (USA) State Department said it plans to closely monitor Mozambique’s border with Malawi.

The Insurgency in Cabo Delgado is an ongoing conflict in Cabo Delgado ProvinceMozambique, mainly fought between Islamist militants attempting to establish an Islamic state in the region, and Mozambican security forces. Civilians have been the main targets of attacks by Islamist militants.

The main insurgent faction is Ansar al-Sunna, a native extremist faction with tenuous international connections.

In December last year, Chakwera announced that troops from the Malawian Defence Force will be sent to Mozambique to assist in anti-insurgent operations

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