Malawi Vice-President Saulos Chilima, who heads the Public Service Reform Commission, has saluted President Peter Mutharika for inspiring and guiding his committee of reform commissioners throughout its assignment over the past few months.
Chilima speaking Wednesday during the launch of the Public Service Reforms Programme in Lilongwe, stressed that he and his team achieved much because they utilised Mutharika’s passion and demonstration of ‘servant leadership’ that embraces the wishes and hopes of ordinary people into national programmes.
The President commended the Chilima Commission for having done a good job in revamping the public service and giving it a new direction in propelling effective national development.
Noting that there had been 79 attempts by previous administrations to achieve desired reform results in the past, Mutharika expressed hope that the new attempt will deliver.
“This time around, reforming the public service is not a matter of multiple choice. It will be done and it must be done. And it must be done now,” declared the President.
By launching the reforms programme, Malawi government has rolled out an Organisational Performance Agreement (OPA) and Service Charters for public officers to “realise their core” objective of serving the people timely, professionally and with respect.
“The OPA framework will set out clear steps so that the Civil Service has the capability and capacity to perform at the highest level possible to ensure that our civil servants are fully accountable and the public know ‘who does what and to whom are they accountable,” said Mutharika, adding that the signing of these OPAs will be between him and the Ministers.
Mutharika described OPA system as a crucial tool to achieving national development and that some selected ministries including the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Ministry of Trade and Industry as well as the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development will pilot this initiative and at the end such ministries and departments will be assessed and their performance will be announced to the public.