VP Chilima says govt to create ministry of public reforms: Malawi PSs to be reduced by 56

Malawi Vice President Saulos Chilima on Thursday spelt out v civil service reforms being carried by Public Service Commission (PSC) and  disclosed that government will create a special ministry responsible for public Service Reforms to enforce implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the reforms that will be taking place.

Chilima : Urges Malawians to transform or forget development

Chilima : Urges Malawians to transform or forget development

Chilima, who chairs the commission, told a news conference on Thursday in the capital Lilongwe,  that the aim of the reforms is to facilitate creation of effective and efficient public service that will spur economic growth.

He  called on all Malawians to transform or forget development.

Chilima announced that government wants to match the number of PSs and existing Ministries based on the needs and that  the number of principal secretaries will be reduced  by 56 from the current number of  96 to 40.

“This should be done through transparent and consultative process,” said Chilima.

“We will delete all irrelevant positions in order to come up with lean and vibrant organisation,” he announced.

Chilima said the number of government ministries will not exceed 20..

The VP also notes that junior staff in civil service continues to violate set rules and procedures relating to performance.

“We have noted that there is a senior government management paralysis with regard to their supervisory roles. Now we want senior officials to exercise their mandates and discipline insubordinate staff without fear or favour,” he says.

Chilima said to ensure the independence of the office of the Auditor General, the commission has recommended that the office should be reporting direct to parliament.

The Vice President has named eight ministries to champion the reform program which include: Ministry of Finance, Home Affairs , Education, Transport, Local Government, Energy and Health.

Chilima was flanked by seven commissioners namely; Professor Peter Mwanza, Thomas Mpinganjira, Evelyn Mwapasa, Reverend Matiya Nkhoma, Seodi White, and Bright Mangulama.

Before Chilima spoke, Minister of Information Kondwani Nankhumwa read out a brief background on the objectives of the PSC.

Nankhumwa said the Commission held various meetings with stake holders across the country

He also said training of civil servants at the Malawi Institute of Management (MIM) will resume soon.

Nankhumwa also announced that decentralisation of immigration and road traffic services are underway.

He said the commissioners undertook a special study tour to the following to Kenya, United Kingdom and Singapore.—(Additional reporting by Malawi News Agency)

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Muchizi John
I am now having a different view about VP’s capabilities. I think he is not that clever and shrewd. He says he want to create a robust civil service while he’s busy politicizing it. How would one with a clear head tie President’s tenure of office with the tenure of head of civil service [chief secretary]. Worse still politicize Anti Corruption, Budget Director, Secretary to Treasury and such others. The only way civil service will become effective,efficient, robust and professional is to free it from political interference. One sure way to free the service from undue political influence is making… Read more »
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Vin mongu
much as reforms are a must in malawi with the civil service being bloated, i agree that we do not need a ministry to do reforms because they will be with same power structures as other ministries and it will erode its power. mr. chilima, produce a public blue print with proper analysis since what you are saying would not coherent make a difference. what is it that we want to hear: 1) how did PSs end up going to 96 in the first place? Reestablish the form path from Permanent Secretary to Deputy Secretaries, Under Secretary to director going… Read more »

Kuyendetsa airtel doesn’t mean is intelligent. Unali mwayi chabe. Running government is not selling airtime achimwene. Zimene akunena zikuwoneka alibe nzeru. Retrenchment ya ma Ps samachita announce. You just come up with package and come up with criteria. Reserve Bank did that. You look at age, performance and those you dont like. Then you open up to every Ps who wants to go. We will go. Chilima will be surprised. He thinks psychologically he can buly Pss by telling them they are going? We want our packages now chilima wamva?


Anthu mukamapeleka ma comment mumakhala ngati mukunena za nzerutu,koma mbuzi zokhazokha,Mr chilima mufuna muwauze chochita munthu oti anayendetsa company ya Airtel,Bravo VP I ADMIRE YOU


The guy has just created a ministerial job for himself.


Just allow some of the younger PSs to revert to Directorships and the system will sort itself out. So if we had these many PSs already, why was Natty Professor adding on the already bloated number?


Reform ilowe ku water basi


Kulimbana ndi ma PS oti ntchito yawo timaiwona,bwanji osamuuza Muthalika kuti achepetse ma advisor?


I have always said that in this government the VP is the only best thing that ever happened. this guy works. chonde let it not be just leap service.

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