Malawi PSs shuffled: Sande, Kang’ombe retire

Malawi government has shuffled principal secretaries (PSs) following the retirement of Commissioner for Disaster and PSs in the office of vice president Bernard Sande and secretary for local government and rural development Chris Kang’ombe.

Sande: Retires

Sande: Retires

Kang'ombe: Retired

Kang’ombe: Retired

Minister of Information, Jappie Mhango, who is also government spokesman confirmed that the two Principal Secretaries will tired at the end of this month as part of Public Service Reforms recommendation of trimming PSs.

Among other recommendations, the reforms encourage PSs that have reached or about to reach the mandatory retirement age of 60 to retire early as well as a freeze on external recruitment to allow for re-deployment within the system.

Government has moved PS for Energy and Mining Ben Botolo to replace Sande while Stuart Ligomeka who was Chief Director in the ministry of lands has been deployed to be PS of Local Government, replacing Kang’ombe.

At Energy and Mining Ministry, according to Mhango, Botolo will be replaced by James Ali who has been acting as PS at Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for almost a year.

“James Ali is leaving Foreign Affairs for Energy ministry as Chief Director,” said Mhango.

In an attempt to reduce the number of PSs, government created the position of chief director to accommodate all individuals occupying positions of PS II and PS III.

In its report, the Public Service Reforms Commission chaired by Vice-President Saulos Chilima made several recommendations after noting that the civil service had 96 PSs against 20 Cabinet portfolios.

Reads the recommendation in part: “The rightsizing in the number of principal secretaries [PSs] by fifty-six [56] from the current ninety-six [96] to forty [40] by deleting irrelevant portfolios, deploying some PSs and exiting those that may not be required within the system.

“A freeze on external recruitment in order to allow for re-deployment in the first phase in order to ensure best fit within the system,” reads part of the reform document.

The commission also recommended that a decent one-off exit package should be offered to PSs and an examination of the entire civil service to determine the total structure and delete all irrelevant positions in order to develop a lean and vibrant organisation.


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You Principal Secretaries who are retiring, what you MUST know is that Government will NEVER appreciate anyone no matter how hard you work. Even if you work your lungs out, this will never matter. Sooner or later Government will realise how important and useful you were when it will come to realise that it is remaining with upcoming PSs full of cashgate ideas right from the Primary, Secondary and up until their College time (likasas calibre). What then can you expect from this lot? Kangómbe has faithfully worked as a PS in a number of Governments while Sande has been… Read more »
Foolish govt leading a country populated by imbeciles. Chilima said there are no vacancies so tell me why add PSs. Sande and ka little cattle are retiring not being retired. James Ali is Mkondiwa’s boy. Botolo has been removed because he wanted to remove Gideon Nyirongo from Energy without knowing that Nyirongo is the guy who enriched Mkondiwa through MAREP Project when Mkondiwa was PS Natural Resources. Dont blame Chilima he has love for Malawi the problem is APM he is being misled by Mkondiwa who is busy destroying the civil service. Why is it that Chewas and Northerners are… Read more »
lupiya AG

Very sorry mabwana

che kaukutu

kwanga mkupenya by the way when is Mutharika who is over 78 years retiring? what about Goodall Gondwe

Paka Bush

Eeeish….Bernard Sande the Headmaster retiring? Kapume munthu ovuta iwe…..Kang’ombe munthu wabwino iwe…We enjoyed uli Chief of Staff..Umayitha Job..


Retiring is a reform because these people will not be replaced. That exactly what the VP said that those PS retiring will not be replaced as part if reform. Iam sure you did follow him.

Reforms??????? my foot!!!!! anthufe a malawife ngopusa opepera. kodi ma reform ake ati. zoona this government thinks we are all brainless. Chilima obera mavotiyo ali we are saving money by trimming number of PSs yet all he does is to change name from PS nomenclature to Chief Director. A Malawi, I challenge Chakwera let him wake up, let him probe this and see whether there is any saving at all, I challenge opposition parliamentarians and civil society and the so called donors to probe if changing a name of a position equals government saving. but this is what pitala and… Read more »

Is retiring a reform/ bodza lenileni


byeeee kapumeni mabwana inu


How can employees retiring be a reform? Komatu apa VP mwamuveka chinyau! Asatana inunso?

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