Malawi civil servants head count ends, officials computing data

Government says head count for civil servants has finally come to an end but authorities are keeping a tight lid on the results following donors assertion’s that Malawi has a ballooned civil service that is draining on the country’s meagre resources.

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Spokesman for National Audit office Lawrence Chinkhunda said it will take time before the results are made public.

“We are now in the process of computing the data then we will give the results of the head count to the authorities first but obviously the public will be informed,” Chinkhunda said.

The head count was sanctioned after donors, led by the International Monetary Fund expressed displeasure of the government wage bill amid fears there were some ghost workers on government payroll.

However Chinkhunda could not say there were ghost workers on government payroll.

Reports indicate that the head count has revealed that critical ministries of heal.th, agriculture and education are grossly understaffed.

Chief Secretary to the Office of the President and Cabinet George Mkondiwa said the ministry of health has 40 percent of its workforce.

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15 thoughts on “Malawi civil servants head count ends, officials computing data”

  1. Chigawaneni says:

    Be objective when handling issues. Come up with sound decisions from the results of the head count, don’t be emotional.

  2. AKA NYAKWAWA says:

    mituyo mukawerenga nkhalambazi muzichotsrkonso mmaoffecimu…nkhalamba zigwira ntchito mpaka liti..
    ku Ministry of information muonekonso ku capital hill komko munthu sakupita ku any work shop koma marecords akusonyeza kuti anali kumchinji amatero….cashgate ikuchitikabe anyapapi inu musatiphimbe mmaso….mukuba ndalama koma satana wakuchenjererani…..kuba kwa chaka chimodzi mukakhala kundende for 14 years….apathee meinanso mulingu akukanthani….pompano…ulamulirowu muumva kunyung’unya ndithu…ngati mumawerenga ma comments awa anankhumwa ndi anzanuwo check ma allawance ku information omwe anyamata awa akugwira ntchito akulandira…..munthu tikucheza naye mu lz mommuno kpma akuti wapita kumchinji papepala….wasigna allowance k20 grand patsiku…..kuchitanso kumuiyaniratu ndalamazo kuti kuli khobidi lanu kuno….nanga yemwe wawatuma anyamatawa kumchinji kwa papeparayo wasigna zingati patsiku……nanga driver yemwe akuyendetsa galimotobyojambula ikupita kumchinjiyo mwampatsa zingati……ndipo or ine sindingazikane sinanga ndikakana mundichotsa vep ndikufoilitsa dhill ya bwana…..who has instructed this cashgate???. I am sure its not J.B for she has no power to do that.

  3. Komadi zina zikuonjeza,eti mpaka certificate ya msilikali wathu wa mamuna kukhala ndi dzina loti MARIA ROZA,angakhale mamuna ameneyu,achotseni ntchito amenewa.

  4. mixon manong'a says:

    We are still waiting.

  5. Cholopi says:

    Head count is one of gud thing only is costly.
    One in many district council tax collecters without any acountant qualifications are being given jobs kumapanga za ma account aboma coz miseche kwa ma bwana or anagona ndi ma bwana now head count ikuyenera kuika anthu pa malo awo oyenera muli anthu ambiri ali ndi ma qualification sakupedza ntchito coz angokokerana. Data imeneyo make it public aliyense adziona ndi ma salary omwe plus ma qualifications….
    Salary harmonise ikhalepo bomamu zitithandiza koopsa…..
    Komanso ena achoke ntchito dzawo mulibe bomamu khalango anaimwera madzi stil cling to work….
    Retirement age ikhale 55 years achinyamatanso alawe mawo boma pliz…
    Peter woyeeee
    Muthalika woyeed
    Head count Woyeeee

  6. Mzilikazi says:

    It is indeed questionable of the earnings of the chief secretary.

  7. bondera says:

    So many Acting positions in govt, nde paja mumatutumula za ghost worker tationetseni ghost worker yo

  8. bamusi says:

    Try and error government musova

  9. Dr Haswel P. Bandawe says:

    Maybe I find it strange that Government did not have an updated head count of its employees because I have never been a civil servant.

    But is it not the case that there is such a thing as Civil Service establishment? And that there are known vacancies and vacancy rates? Isn’t the budgeting of civil service salaries based on known number of civil service employees and prospective new recruitments minus retirements/ retrenchments?
    Did it require the IMF to force the Government to produce a head count of civil service employment?

    In this day and age of computers, I find this lack of information that is readily available to be very strange, to put it very mildly.

    What does the head of the Civil Service do if he/she is not aware of the size of the Civil Service? How is the recruitment guided?

    And then, we are told it will take time for the information to be disseminated to the public! That the information will have to be vetted by the superiors first! So, the superiors were unaware of who was in what post, in which Ministry/department of Government! Really!!

    Maybe there is something wrong with me that I cannot appreciate how difficult it is to keep track of head count, and that running a Government includes knowing who does what where; conversely, there is something seriously wrong with those in charge of running the Civil Service and those who make decisions affecting employment in Government and budgeting as well as the Auditor General.

  10. Rector Kamoto says:

    Thats true that most of government ministries and departments are understaffed and this is making the civil service not to perform efficiently and effectively.There are many vacancies in top postions and their are discharged by the junior staff.Though the IMF is advising the government to reduce the wage bill,its duties and responsiblities will be affected.

  11. simulemba says:

    The Malawi civil service is not overstaffed. It is badly managed as a result it does not deliver as expected. I hope this time around NAO will give details of ghost employees uncovered. The country is just too poor how on earth can a Chief Secretary earn MK1,700,000 per month? Govt may wish to redesignate further the Chief Director posts to Principal Director (of course that was the most stupid decision by any govt. Seriously speaking, Dors Malawi need the post of Vice President?

  12. Kamuna says:

    December ija Chilima anatilonjedza za reformation ndi salary increment siino?

  13. Nkhani za ma ghost workers ndizovuta kwambiri! Some senior officers in Salaries dept usually chew the monies paid out for ghost workers.

  14. Kokoliko says:

    Tidikirabe tive zotsatilazo

  15. Gadabwali says:

    Head count itha bwanji enafe asatiwerengetsere?

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