Kumbatira - Back as Post Master General

Kumbatira – Back as Post Master General

BLANTYRE (Malawi NewsNow ) —Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) Director General Mr Andrew Kumbatira has been redeployed back to Malawi Postal Corporation as Post Master General, a position he once held before joining MACRA.

In a swap move, Kumbatira will be replaced by current Post Master General, Mr Godfrey Itaye,

Kumbatira was credited for MPC’s turnaround strategy which saw the corporation posting profit following years of operating as one of the perpetually loss making government entities.

According to Kumbatira, the revitalisation of MPC was based on successful implementation of its strategic plan since 2011.

He said among other things, MPC transformed itself from a mere postal services agency to a robust corporation which is involved in a diverse of services, including financial, courier and communications.

“Post offices have now become one stop service centres where people can send and receive letters, dispatch and collect parcels, buy airtime units, send and receive money, pay water and electricity bills or even access the Internet,” said Kumbatira.

He said apart from its licences with MACRA, MPC also has a permit from the Reserve Bank of Malawi for provision of financial services.

In addition to its own Fast Cash Money Transfer Services, Kumbatira said MPC also has agency agreements with Western Union and Money Gram through which people can receive money internationally.

The corporation also has an agreement with DHL for receiving and sending of parcels internationally through post offices.

“Under the partnership with DHL, we are selling standard size boxes where you can pack your items for courier transmission at a standard prize. You don’t have to pay us per kilogramme as DHL usually charges, as long as your items fit into the box,” said Kumbatira.

He said MPC has also invested US$1 million into the automation of its counters through which all its post offices will be interlinked to communicate online, real time.