Beyond the reforms in Malawi civil service: Muckraking Extra

Next Wednesday all roads will lead to – and all eyes will be trained on – the Bingu International Conference Centre as President Peter Mutharika unveils the seminal reforms his administration wants to institute in the civil/public service.

President Mutharika with his dutiful Vice-President Saulos Chilima providing a rare glimpse of political leadership to deliver his boss’ vision.

President Mutharika with his dutiful Vice-President Saulos Chilima providing a rare glimpse of political leadership to deliver his boss’ vision.

Peter strategically put his trusty deputy, Saulos Chilima, to front the reforms. Angoni, coming from the results-oriented private sector, was not a bad choice.

I am not sure how the Saulos Commission has gotten around the – if I may be allowed to dub them thus – ‘counter reform’ suggestion to tie some public appointments to the tenure of the presidency. This, if carried through, will certainly defeat the whole essence of public reforms.

Some of these institutions we want to tie to the presidency were created by the Constitution, the supreme law of the land. I am talking about the Malawi Defence Forces, the Malawi Police Service, the Malawi Broadcasting Corporation et cetera. These reforms must not begin to make these very important institutions ‘political’ organs rather than organs of the state.

Saulos and his commissioners have been meeting various stake-holders on the proposed reforms. I know any government blue-print has pre-set goals; consultations are there just to perfect them.

But I hope the Saulos Commission has noted the serious reservations the suggestions to attach certain public offices to the president’s tenure attracted.

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Bmarket
Guest

The function itself, printing a cloth for the function that was used just for two hours means the reform has failed coz there was no need to have a launch and even printing cloth is a waste of resources that would not be spent. There was need for a new approach in launching the reform may be a president talking to the nation on tv without wasting money on fuel printing cloth and time and money wasted in organising the launch. Please it’s useless to waste money on the launch itself, so we can’t change our mindset.

Justice Dzonzi
Guest

The problem is the commissioners amangochindanako instead of discussing real changes! Naji Chilima amakonda pa bumbu !

dyton chiwaya
Guest

Koma a Malawi the Presidency want to bring reforms and u distorts facts. What has it to do with ill educated Lomwes. For a century nobody has ever thought about it. Harmonising salaries its a good idea. Others seem are from mars. Good deeper mapwiya.

TAWONA BEWULA
Guest

Iwe gwape. Dont you know that there iis a syndicate to put lhomwes in strategic positions. Go to MRA and have feel of it.

kachikho
Guest

It is madness to tie some very important positions to the tenure of the presidency. This will promote corruption , nepotism , inefficiency and all sorts of ills in the civil service. The reason why the civil service is a shame for the country is due mostly to the fact that most government ministries and departments including statutory corporations are being headed by incompetent people with no experience . Let people get positions on merit that is people with proven record of successful performance

Achimidzimidzi
Guest

By the way, is our president reformed yet? He is too lousy to reform others.

They say,’If you want to know the condition of the road, ask those who are coming back’

Apparently, majority of the commission are strangers. And a seminar maybe introducing new forms and not reforming the existing ones.

Are all Head watchmen invited to attend, sir? It should be inclusive somehow.

john
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president peter mutharika may be meaning well with his reform but am afraid the people that surround him force him to endorse things that were not supposed to be endorsed. I have n mind a list of board members. the department of statutory corporation did its job very well and submitted the names to the president. but anthu achipani cha DPP hijacked the list and started including/putting their colonies their such that what was meant to be a lean list ended up being bloated. I have met some of the so-called board members, its pathetic. For example, get a list… Read more »
truth
Guest

So taxation of leave Grants 4 CHAM employees is within the so talked reforms.our friend from Govt received their LGs without tax deduction.? us 4rm CHAM.Tidana nanu.

tuvitwana
Guest

AS SOME HAS SAID, ALL THIS IS TO CREATE room 4 ILL EDUCATED LOMWEZ THAT’S ALL. SHORTLY WR WILL C SUICIDE BOMBERS IN THIS COUNTRY. PIPO R TIRED

M.S
Guest

A Chilima kod new salary ya CHAM iyamba liti? Since october kuli zii! Mukutiganizila koma?

Mulomwe
Guest

Zoti the reforms must not begin to make these important institutions political organs sindikugwilizananazo chifukwa they are already such considering how appointments a ma CEO amachitikira,ma officers mmene amasunthidwira ndale zikangosintha. Including MRA ndi kwinako.

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