Chakwera storms Capital Hill, demands answers for civil servants’ salaries delay

President Lazarus Chakwera on Thursday stormed the Capital Hill without warning and questioned controlling officers in the Department of Human Resource Management and Development (DHRMD) on why civil servants had not yet received their August salaries.

Nyasa Times has information that public servants were supposed to have their salaries remitted by last week but to-date have not been wired.

President Chakwera storms Capital Hill

Chakwera, who was accompanied by his deputy Saulos Chilima and Secretary to the President and Cabinet (SPC) Zangazanga Chikhosi, was coming from the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) where he presided over the launch of Scaling Up Nutrition 3.0.

“While on the way to State House, he [President Chakwera] directed the motorcade that it goes to the Capital Hill. Upon arrival, the President visited two offices and asked whether they had received their salaries to which they said no.

“From there, the President proceeded to the DHRMD, the department responsible, and interrogated the Controlling Officer (CO) on the chronic delay and openly expressed his great displeasure at the delays,” said a State House official who did not want to be named.

Chakwera and Chilima at Capital Hill on Thursday to demand answers for delay in civil servants salaries

According to the official, President Chakwera has demanded that a report on the problem and the remedial measures to be taken to urgently resolve the it be submitted to his office tomorrow [Friday] for his continued intervention.

Social commentator, Jackson Msiska, hailed President Chakwera for the act, saying it showed that he was also concerned with the malaise about civil servants’ unfortunate predicament.

“The President needs to do more these across the board in Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). These shake-ups must come often so that no one is found sitting on their jobs,” Msiska.

But Msiska advised senior public officers not to always wait for the President before they could start performing.

“It is unfortunate that it had to reach to the extent of the President storming Capital Hill. These people know what they are supposed to do and when. They have a well laid out job description. Public officers must learn to do their jobs without being pushed at all,” he said.

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Yusuf Makaonja
Yusuf Makaonja
2 months ago

Chakwera and Chilima will go to capital hill again for this issue or for other issues if system are not streamlined. They say 95% of our problems are due to people and 5% due to machinery. The attitude has to change and need civil servants that go to capital Hill to work and not seek allowances. The two leaders have to be decisive in making sure that there are real drivers in the system. The people you put in place have to drive the agenda through their character. If you have people like Nundwe running the army and using the… Read more »

Kambewa Ngozo
2 months ago

FOSEKI
We also need head count as the whole civil service payroll system is full of Gost workers. The government is losing a lot of money ndi mbava from capital hill

caleb
caleb
2 months ago

Can you see the samosas on the counter? Someone is trying to make ends meet

Kanyimbi
Kanyimbi
2 months ago
Reply to  caleb

The samoosa seller needs to be praised. This one is the one who is innocent. He/she is not a thief.

Kambewa Ngozo
2 months ago
Reply to  caleb

FOSEKI
You don’t sell samosas in office. You may sell out the building. Kenaka we will have kanyenya, bananas, utaka in all government offices

Zamadula
Zamadula
2 months ago

Chakwera should stop worrying about optics (his image) and should instead start worrying about improving the lives of Malawians in general. He asked his Vice to conduct a study into civil service reform. His Vice acted swiftly, but sadly “reviewing” the resultant report is taking longer than it took to conduct the study itself! There are numerous examples of actions Chakwera should have taken months and months ago, but he has not because he is scared about how people are going to react. As a leader you should not be scared about making an unpopular decision: As long as you… Read more »

Assedunavailability of crucial witnesses.
Assedunavailability of crucial witnesses.
2 months ago

It’s like upon arrival of the president the civil servants got paid.

President Mkango Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza
President Mkango Chisokonezo Manthakanjenjemereza
2 months ago

Thanks bwana, Mukayenderenso ku Treasury kumene akuchita fund mochedwa ma government funding hence delaying zitukuko. Tatopa nawo anthu amenenewa. They even fund less than half of the fundings without explanation. Treasuty is the hub of all problems the government is facing needs overhaul.

Ernest Nyirenda
Ernest Nyirenda
2 months ago

Malawi walero – waiting for someone to push you in order to do ur job

Ali Palimandi
2 months ago

This reminds me of Heinz Doorfen and Perry The Platypus. Heinz Doorfen demands a report on civil service reform. Perry is quick to produce it. But Heinz is stuck in mindset change! [Phineas and Ferb in sept 2021]

Banda
Banda
2 months ago

Would think with computer system provided by the people of Germany and the UK payroll would be sutomatic each month. Many countries pay their employees every two weeks as should Malawi. It is not like every employee needs an adjustment each month. Problem with Malawi failure to plan long term rediculous hearing a workshop or graduation is scheduled days in advance like payroll. Never heard of day, weeks,months, years not coming about life and time continue outside Malawi.

Cesspool
Cesspool
2 months ago

Namondwe pa Capital City 🤟
Chakwerafying with Chilima at the Hill there were no drums to herald his arrival
The duo was received with apprehension by the civil servants who are below par in their laissez faire mood torturing the whole government machinery by withholding their dues.
It’s time you smoked out the Ifmis ghosts haunting the corridors of Capital Hill. They’ve nailed the civil service to mediocrity we must paste any political labels to these dunderheads they ought to carry their own cross to the terminus

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