Atupele to ‘incentivise’ civil service to deliver: Promote transparency

United Democratic Front (UDF) president Atupele Muluzi has pledged to re-organize the civil service so that it is able to deliver quality service to the public.

Atupele said this during the second presidential debate held in Lilongwe on Tuesday evening which attracted 11 candidates and only President Joyce Banda snubbed it.

The UDF torchbearer pointed out that it is clear that Malawians need a government that will restore both local and donor confidence.

Atupele:  We will focus  on people centred civil service
Atupele: We will focus on people centred civil service

Commenting on the moderator’s question on Civil Service Integrity: ‘what measures will you undertake to restore public trust?’ the UDF leader said his administration will focus  on people centred civil service, “a Civil Service that serves the people of Malawi”

He pledged: “We will incentivise to deliver”

According to Atupele, there is need to remove the secrecy on expenditure by the authorities, saying taxpayers need to be updated on how their money is used.

The UDF Presidential Candidate repositioned himself as a leader who would form a transparent and accountable government if elected in the May 20 elections.

Atupele, who was seen pouring water in glass to conspicuously dehydrated DPP presidential candidate Peter Mutharika, also sounded unity call for developing Malawi.

“We will have to work together (inclusive growth) to develop this country,” he said.

He spoke tough on corruption and wrongful self-enrichment.

“We will remove the veil of secrecy surrounding all mining deals. We will also have experts who can ably negotiate mining deals,” said Atupele.

He noted that lack of transparency by leaders is the root cause for the country’s inability to benefit from mines.

NASAF President James Nyondo pointed out that Public Service Commission must be strengthened.

He suggested a minimum of 20 years in jail for corrupt public officers.

“Senior civil servants and politicians mess up the public service because of politics,” noted Nyondo.

Mutharika said controlling officers should enforce accountability.

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