Malawi Vice-President Saulos Chilima has said given an eye opener to the progress of Public Sector Reforms Commission which he is chairing, saying said ever since the reform programme was launched in February 2015, there has been meaningful progress.
“Often times people are blinded into negativity,” said Chilima on Tuesday at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe when fore ministries signed the performance contracts with President Peter Mutharika accepting to implement public reforms that the government is current advocating.
Chilima said among the notable achievements were the decentralisation of teachers’ salaries which has eased problems of delayed payments for teachers, establishment of passport printing centres in all the regions of the country and a modern and computerised system at the road traffic.
“Some people think reforms are not happening or will not happen. We are saying no, reforms are happening and will continue to happen,” said Chilima.
“I would like to assure Malawians that [these reforms] are here to stay. This is not a rehearsal, they are for real and they will be done,” Chilima stressed.
The Vice President said reforms are “processes that take time”.
He also revealed that the commission will in May this year start the national identification programme.
“We will soon start the national identification programme and we want every Malawian to be registered by the year 2018,” he explained.
University of Malawi political science professor Ernest Thindwa told ‘Daybreak Malawi’ program on Capital Radio on Wednesday said the reforms should move from talkshop into producing results..
“ Talking has not translated into tangiable results,” said Thindwa.
“The challenge is to translate talk into action,” he added.
But Chilima explained that since Mutharika launched the reforms programme, a lot of activities are taking shape, especially those involving ministries that signed performance contracts.
Through organisational performance agreements (OPAs), ministries will champion and demonstrate that it is possible to work on targets and implement on their promises on the agreed dateline.
Chilima also disclosed that about eight million Malawians will have national identity documents (IDs) by 2018 once cogernment rolls out the pilot 5,000 IDs in May this year.
“In May 2016, we will launch teh first 5,000 ID cards then 8.4 million IDs will be issued, for free, to Malawians by June 2018,” Chilima disclosed.
The IDs project is being handled by National Registration Bureau.
American Ambassador to Malawi, Virginia Palmer commended the Malawi Government for implementing the reforms that will see the change in the way the country conducts its business.
She assured of her country’s total support to Malawi in carrying out the exercise.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :