Chakwera awaits Chilima report in civil service clean-up

President Lazarous Chakwera announced on Sunday that he is waiting for a comprehensive report and recommendations from Vice President Salous Chilima following a task force that he instituted to overhaul the civil service in order to root out entrenched corruption in government.

Chakwera (R) and Chilima: Report on recommendations expected

The special task force was formed in February 2021 to comprehensively review the government systems of allowances, procurement and employment contracts and was given a 90-day timeframe (which expires on May 23 2021).

Chakwera tasked Chilima that  the task force should recommend radical changes to the structure of the entire civil service, as well as the entire system of allowances, employment contracts, and procurement in the public sector.

“Those recommendations are due for submission to my office in the next four weeks, after which we will take next steps towards my goal of overhauling this broken and rotten system from top to bottom,” said Chakwera during his National address on Sunday.

The President said theft and corruption is deep rooted in the civil service and that anyone who steals or wastes public funds should be seen as a atraitor to the country.

“The sad reality though is that there are so many public servants who are so eager to get rich that they are willing to defraud their own country. The other sad reality is that there are so many private citizens who are so eager to access public services and government contracts that they are willing to corrupt public servants to defraud their own country,” he said.

Chakwera vowed that his administration will pursue those stealing public money ” until you are defeated, no matter how long it takes”.

On February 19, 2021 Chilima set up an 11 member taskforce to review three government systems of Allowances, Procurement and employment contracts following revelations of massive abuse and theft of K6.2 billion Covid-19 funds that were released to different clusters last year.

Since the formation of the taskforce, Chilima has been busy and held several meetings with the task force.

The taskforce meetings will continue for the next two weeks, according to a loaded programme of the Veep for the next 15 days.

Chakwera ordered the taskforce to submit its report and recommendations within 90 days.

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Simpungwe
Simpungwe
14 days ago

Bwana Chakwera papani for my question, but what do you do with all the reports Chilima prepares and presents? To us it looks like the reports are used as toilet paper as we see no implementation or improvements after all of Chilima’s reports.

Ndani
Ndani
15 days ago

The president should be getting periodic briefings on progress so that at the end of 3 months he should adress the nation even in the event that the report may not be finished

Nyaxe
Nyaxe
16 days ago

This president is good at waiting. Every headline he is waiting for something he he he he

Baba Tunde
Baba Tunde
15 days ago
Reply to  Nyaxe

The Task Force was given 3 months and that period hasn’t elapsed. So you want him to act in haste when the report is not ready? Reforming the contracts, procurement and pay structure is not something anyone can do in haste. Otherwise there will be lawsuits and confusion. Let the president follow due process here

Tsetse Fly 2
16 days ago

National clean up day. Every day. At 0500hrs! The two are buddies.

Dzitume
Dzitume
17 days ago

Civil service is too big. there have been many theories before

Sikelo
Sikelo
16 days ago
Reply to  Dzitume

Yes that’s why it needs to be looked at

Mbuya
Mbuya
17 days ago

Typical of politicians, trying to put the blame on the meagre paid civil servant. To them, their cronies, Army, police and corrupt judiciary are saints. Hypocrisy at its best.

Crooked
Crooked
17 days ago

I have lost faith in chilima, he failed under apm and is also failing under lmc.

Ian Nyasulu
16 days ago
Reply to  Crooked

This is a big joke here. it’s not amusing.

MOG
MOG
17 days ago

you guys wake up,… dont make jokes here

Bwande
Bwande
16 days ago
Reply to  MOG

WHY ?

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