Malawi Vice President Dr.Saulos Chilima has received praise from one of the country’s oldest media groups when the Sunday Times newspaper described him as ‘the only star performer’ in a cabinet assessment the paper conducted.
Chilima scored 80 percent (8/10) in the rating while some ministers including Foreign Affairs George Chaponda scored as low as 20 percent as the paper urged them to stand up and go to work.
President Peter Mutharika who scored 50 percent with an advice that “there was still way to go to be good, sir”.
“Despite his shortfalls, Mutharika who in our opinion is a transactional leader, is just an average performer. The sooner he reshuffles his politically oriented cabinet by dropping some dead wood and the tired ministers by hiring goal getters who can spur economic transformation the better,” advised the paper.
On Chilima, the paper commended him for the strong leadership he has shown at the Department of Disaster Management Affairs which he heads, saying during the 2015 flood disaster he showed an enviable and unprecedented leadership.
“Systems were working, communication was in sufficient supply and the daily press briefings to update the nation on the latest development was commendable in as far as government information is concerned,” said the paper.
The cabinet assessment also praised Chilima for the coordination of both international and local relief aid which were successfully distributed to the beneficiaries without any case of theft or misallocation.
The paper also praised Chilima for focused leadership on public sector reforms, saying slowly but surely people are accepting that time has come for the nation to reform and change the way we have always conducted business.
The paper said there is political will and determination on the reforms which is a sign that for the first time the reforms could actually work if the government keeps the momentum.
“What has happened at Road Traffic is a clear example of a strong and focused leadership and how as a nation we should learn to put our foot down on ideas that in the long run will benefit the nation without thinking politics or the next election. Good leaders never rescind decisions or sit on the fence when there is public outrage but work to correct the situation,” said the paper.
The VP’s performance is not a surprise for many for his well known as workaholic and a no nonsense manager who produces results with focus and determination.
As Chilima scored highest some Ministers scored very poorly that included Bright Msaka of Energy, Natural Resources and Mining (2/10), Foregn Affairs Dr. George Chaponda (2/10) and Information Minister JappieMhango (3/10) and fading and aging star Finance Minister GoodalGondwe who scored a miserable 30 percent.
Minister of Industry and Trade Joseph Mwanamvekha came second to the VP scoring 70 percent while Transport Minister Francis Kusaila and Lands Minister AtupeleMuluzi scored 50 percent each.
Since its introduction, most Malawians take Sunday Times’ cabinet assessment seriously especially this one which has come at a time when government is failing to inspire hope of transformational leadership which the DPP promised during the campaign trail.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :