CSOs want Public Reform scrutiny by Malawi Parliament

Civil Society Organisations (CSO’s) say proposed solutions by the Public Service Reform Commission must first be approved by National Assembly before implementation.

Mkandawire: Let CSO's meet  my commitee

Mkandawire: Let CSO’s meet my commitee

Timothy Mtambo Executive Director for Centre for Human Rights and Rehabilitation (CHRR), said reforms being pursued by President Peter Mutharika administration are not inspiring because they are not aligned with the national vision.

He therefore urged government to ensure that all proposed reforms are periodically scrutinised by Parliament to improve the program delivery and ensure that reforms reflect the views and wishes of Malawians.

While appealing for depoliticisation of the Public Service Reforms by supporting it with necessary legal regime in order to ensure scrutiny, he said National Assembly is right institution that must be allowed to play its rightful oversight function to the reforms.

“I can assure Malawians that those reforms are not supposed to be implemented without an authorization of parliament. We are represented by parliament so, any kind of reforms should be scrutinized by the parliament, who are the representatives of the people of this country,” suggested Mtambo

Mtambo has said at the moment “the reform program is just a program which is empty and has no legal basis”.

He also warned that by letting everything been done by few individuals to head the reforms then the country might end up with “deforms” instead of “reforms”

“These reforms are being taken as a law itself. There are changes in the name of reforms; cancelation of JCE exams, the hiking of school fees in secondary schools and colleges. People just woke up in the morning in the name of reforms and change things,” he observed

Mtambo also underlined that the program would have done better to Malawians if the reforms had began first in the presidency office and then trickle down to juniors.

“We have always said that the reforms were supposed to start from the presidency” he said “The head is not reformed, we have a lot of power in the office of the president and that is why corruption continues in this country. So how do you expect the juniors to transform?”

However, speaking in an interview, Chairperson for Parliamentary Committee on Government Assurances, Harry Mkandawire said their committee has already been requested by Vice President Office to work together with the Public Service Reform Commission in question.

“The Good part is that the office of the Vice President has requested my committee to work with the Public Reforms Commission. Now the area you are talking about, we are yet to agree,” confirmed Mkandawire.

When asked when did his committee received such a request, Mkandawire replied “We were asked long time ago during the last meeting of parliament.”

But since the committee’s relationship with the Commission has just started and they are yet to agree as to the terms of reference of how they are going to work together, he therefore admitted that his committee was not part of reforms being implemented at the moment.

Mkandawire has also asked the CSO’s to meet his Committee to discuss on how the committee should work with the Commission.

“This is what CSO’s would want to see, I therefore urge the CSO’s to come to us, to let us know what our relationship with the Reform Commission should be. And if they have an idea, they can sell it to us so that in turn we would be saying; look, people out there they want this, because CSOs are also the representatives of the people”

Mkandawire has since congratulated the office of the Vice President for seeing it fit that their committee should be a bridge between the commission and parliament.

In 2014, Malawi Government under leadership of President Peter Mutharika instituted Public Service Reform Commission being chaired by his Vice President Saulos Chilima.

The commission was instituted to facilitate the creation of an effective and efficient Public Service that will spur economic growth through the nurturing of a market economy that is foreign direct investor friendly as well as one that will facilitate long term investments in the health, education and other social programmes.

Since, the commission has made several recommendations which president has approved and have been implemented.

However, on Wednesday, CSO’s claimed that the success of the reforms are just on paper and called for resignation of Mutharika over poor democratic and economic governance.

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29 thoughts on “CSOs want Public Reform scrutiny by Malawi Parliament”

  1. KK says:

    M’dala uyu kungomuwona akuwoneka wa sakho kwambili. Sorry its just my opinion.

  2. Dausi Phiri says:

    A birds eyes view on ones facts is very important.Mtambo pa ichi chokha akunena zoona.

  3. mhango says:

    An mtambo it seems y hv issues wt muntharika,, parliament was concerted through the commite of govmnt assurance n public reforms,, what a u talking about, dnt confuse pipo wamva ntambo,, please gv the president a space to work,, AMalawi Ena bwanji nsanje,, kulinjalatu mmidzimu nde tusacgedwe nzumenezo.. Wamva ntambo bda bzako a pp n mcp,, jst register ur party… Fotseck..

  4. levelheaded says:

    Mtambo, how can something that was in the party manifesto be subject to parliament scrutiny? Civil service reform was in the DPP manifesto and it was approved when people voted for that party. Taking it to parliament is like asking people the same thing which they already approved since members of parliament represent the same people who approved these reforms by voting DPP government into power. Mtambo are you telling this country that party manifesto contents should be debated in parliament once the party is in power? Muzitengera pamgong’otu a mtambo kenaka zikuwonekerani.

  5. Truth shall prevail says:

    Well said Mr mtambo. The reforms should not be left in the hands of a few individuals and people should be consulted through their MPs. This is a national thing not a DPP manifesto.

  6. MULOPWANA says:

    Amalawi sitidzatukuka ndipo ndife anthu omvetsa chisoni chifukwa sitimavetsatsa chimene akutanthauza munthu, zinthu zothandiza ife ngati dziko inu kulowetsa, mtambo sakunama there is a need for parliament to intervene if we r have better reforms for every citizen of country

  7. MLOMWE says:


  8. Malawi says:

    Looking from the comments, one tend to wonder whether their is objectivity in our comments. We seem to personalize everything even if someone provides facts. Malawi will only develop when we remove our tribal lines and we become to look at factual issues rather than personalities and tribal lines. I rest my case.

  9. ndili frank says:

    Mtambo is just stating facts. Be factual and not childish when commenting on issues of national importance. Proper procedures must be followed. Government /civil service functions within the confines of the law. It is only parliament that makes the laws of the land. Therefore, the reforms must be scrruitinised by people’s reprezentatives in parliMent. The reforms are for people’s goverment not for a ruling. DPP.

  10. chitsa boys says:

    Amalawi ambili ndi mbuli zophunzira chifukwa cha dyera amabungwe palibe chimene mukuchita malo mothandiza osauka mukufuna kuyambisa chisokonezo anakuzani ndani kuti boma amachotsa ndi mademo? Amabungwe samalani anthu osauka osati akabwila kodi malamulo amati chiyani posankha pulezidenti sitiza lola pulezidenti wa madulira ngati jb

  11. chitsa boys says:

    If the mtambo is there to reprsent pipo why he dinot take any action when the oposition reject government plan of borrowing money to buy maize for the puwa? Why the cos are looking when the vendors are selling maize at k900.00 bigili ya faifi lita ya cuimanga? Where are u?

  12. Mtambo: You think parliament means opposition. Parliament composes of MPs whose majority are from the governing party. The Executive has the powers to execute policies such as reforms. Parliament now has a handful MPs who think in the past like Mtambo. It will just be a waste of time and resources.

  13. Lazaro says:

    Mtambo, you and your CSOs claim to represent people. Which people do you represent? As far as I know, we, the people, never chose you to represent us. We have never sent you to speak on our behalf. We choose our representatives during elections. What we know is that you represent the one who funds you. You represent your wife and kids. You represent your belly. You earn your salary by doing that. You don’t serve our interests. By the way that’s not the duty of parliament. Parliament is there to make laws and monitor their implementation. Parliament is about ‘what’ and the executive is about ‘how’. The issue of reforms is not for parliament to decide; its about ‘how’ to do things, which is the executive’s role. You think MPs like Winiko, Songazaudzu et al can know the ‘how’? Rubbish

  14. Mhesha says:

    Timothy doesn’t know the difference btn parliament issues and executive or judiciary issues. Have seen Laza complaining about the reforms and yet he is the leader of the opposition bench. Why can’t you start your own political party? If the reforms are being done illegally drag the executive to court as normally do. Raising school fees…. to the point of bringing parliament to have its endorsement?

  15. Moses Makoko says:

    Malawi watikanika kuyendetsa. Whatever is being done, it’s an attempt to pretend that something is being done. Bwanji osangovomeleza nkutula pansi udindo ena ayendetse? Zoyesayesazi mpaka liti?

  16. Munganya Uyu says:

    I just heard that these reforms are a management issue fulstop

  17. blessings says:

    Mtambo is right this time around,penapakenso osamangimunena munthu cause Ali ndi zofooka zake za homesexual ayi,I support mtambo,these reforms should be approved by parliament,otherwise reform yake ndimene akukweza nayo ma school fees,ndikumayika mmipando anthu opanda ma qualifications in the name of political rewards,thumbs up mtambo

  18. Sad Huss Mthunzi wa Bowa says:

    When we wanted multi-party democracy, we wanted parliament to be representing us on all government matters, policies, etc. We did not want few individuals to dictate on issues. Parliament must therefore meet and debate on the reforms. That is democracy. All malawians must know that the president, his vice or his party cannot propose and then implement anything without Parliament. Parliament makes laws.

  19. Chindere says:

    Fish indeed start rotting from the head. APM should roll out reforms right in his office. By the way where are the PSs that were 96 in total? The excess 56 if the required are 40 can save about K56m a month and recruit 560 teachers. The same can also apply to useless directors in the ministry who nothing but bunch of individuals who were appointed on political aggrandisement and party rewards.

  20. mwana mulopwana says:

    It seems Mtambo has nothing to offer, it is high time the donor communities stop funding these NGOs which are being headed by headless sluts, They just milked them,
    Malawi needs reforms in all sectors and laws will follow,

  21. jona pwele says:

    Mtambo is just hurt that amama lost so everything is coming out of frustration!kodi chilichonse cha a peter chikhale choipa? A mtambo koma e NDE muphulika boma ndi boma bambo

  22. losco says:

    SSO representatives of people, which people? Count us out leave them alone!

  23. kumangoni says:

    That is the profitable voicing Mr Mtambo

  24. myao says:

    PRC shouldve included old guards like DD Phiri.

  25. Timing Zero says:

    Vuto lanu atumbuka ndiloti each one of you wants to eat from government coffers. If one of you is not eating mumayamba ng’weee ng’weee. Kodi inu mukuganiza kuti alomwe onse pano akudya. Alhomwe ambiri akulira koma sakupanga nawo noise like you are doing. Inuyo amtambo musiye mtima wa nsanje ndi wotsankha mitundu. Chakwera asakupusiseni.

  26. defender says:

    reforms are not part of national vision really? by the way wat’s our national vision? don’t give urself pressure to criticise everything. to say there is nothing on the ground on reforms & investors,at this stage its really absurd kkkk do u expect results at preparating, exploring and planning stages of any project? we r not even at imprementing stage.kkk l think indeed this is the sillest way of looking at things ya! defenders of the president r right,these pple have evil mission to this country, evil plan 4sure. a malawi ambiri ndiwosaphunzira koma akuthandizako pa chitukuko cha dziko than these uncivilised educated pple who can sell their country 4 their on benefit.amalawi omvetsa chisoni kkk

  27. Mtambo jokes too much says:

    Mtambo and his fellow Tumbukas are a bunch of serious jokers fighting to unsit a legitimately elected leader because he is not from his tribe. Shame on you Mtambo.

    1. These mtambos are from zomba mbale wake ndi judge mtambo, si atumbuka ayi,they are zomba fools

  28. Sapitwa says:

    Za ma dibetinso mpaka Ku Parliament zomwezi mpaka muzikataya nazo nthawi?
    All the changes Dr Banda.Dr Muluzu,Dr Bingu wa Mutharika, Dr Joyce Banda did were not scrutinized in walls of the National Assembly! Whether you call them reforms, we call them changes.
    Change will change us even if we try to resist!

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