Chilima demands disciplinary action on errant parastatal organizations

Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima, who is also Minister for Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms, has directed the Controller of Statutory Corporations to take a disciplinary action against parastatal organizations, which failed to submit on time Reforms Status Reports requested on 7 July, 2020.

State vice-president Chilima: 10 parastatals miss deadline

Chilima had requested that Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Directors of Finance for parastatal organizations to submit their reports by 17 July 2020.

The request was made during his interface meetings with the CEOs and Directors of Finance of parastatal organizations based in the Central Region on 7 July, 2020 in Lilongwe and those in the Southern Region on 9th  July, 2020 in Blantyre.

However, it has emerged that some of the parastatals did not meet the deadline, prompting Chilima to call for a disciplinary action against them.

But according to a statement signed by spokesperson in the Office of the Vice-President Pilirani Phiri made available to Nyasa Times on Tuesday , out of 66 parastatals that were expected to submit the reports, only 56 met the deadline with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development (SMEDI) being the first to submit on 14th July, 2020.

“Nine parastatals missed the deadline with some of them submitting as late as yesterday, Monday 20th July, 2020. At the time of issuing this statement, the Malawi Institute of Management (MIM) had not yet submitted. To this effect, the Vice President has expressed dissatisfaction with the conduct of those that missed the deadline,” part of the statement reads.

“Dr. Chilima has since directed the Controller of Statutory Corporations to take disciplinary action on the CEOs of these 10 parastatals specifically MIM which is yet to submit,” the statement concludes.

The parastatals that made late submissions include Malawi Revenue Authority (MRA), Malawi Bureau of Standards (MBS), Malawi Housing Corporation (MHC) and Malawi Council for the Handicapped (Macoha).

Others are Malawi Gaming Board, Nurses and Midwives Council of Malawi (NMCM), Malawi Accountants Board (MAB), Malawi National Commission on Unesco and Pesticides Control Board.

Public Sector Reforms spokesperson McCarthy Mwalwimba, said the disciplinary process will involve the parastatal CEOs as they are the leaders.

He said: “The CEOs will be disciplined because an institution is run by a leader so any action is based on the leadership. So, it is all about a question of dialogue.”

President Lazarus Chakwera dissolved the boards of many parastatals in a ramp of reforms that he has rolled out since assuming power, tasking Chilima with the role of public service reforms as many Malawians have lost trust in state institutions and see them as inefficient and corrupt.

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Itsanana
Itsanana
7 months ago

Time management. Incompetent people hold these positions. Pretty much they’re the same ones who were late to the meeting. Fire them! They got in those positions by virtue of being a Lhomwe, they’re not qualified

Banda
Banda
7 months ago

Chilima should indeed be disciplined for misleading Malawians on COVID.

Ndata Boy
7 months ago
Reply to  Banda

it seems english is a problem to you sir kkkkkk

Medson
Medson
7 months ago
Reply to  Banda

Don’t forget the president must also be disciplined on covid19
Information

ERUTU
ERUTU
7 months ago
Reply to  Medson

Medson you don’t understand English. Go back to school

ERUTU
ERUTU
7 months ago
Reply to  Banda

Banda you don’t understand English. Please go back to school

Malawi belong to the citizens

Thanks chakwera and Chilima that is great leadership, next time adzapanga machawi,mwina nga DPP akufuna kumapanga delays ngat atate awo amunthalika . Government yinasintha, akuyenera kusatira za new government,osawanyengere mbava zimenezi zikubisa chiyani. Deal with anyone hiding something.

ERUTU
ERUTU
7 months ago

True true true 💯%

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
7 months ago

ma Indians ku Salima sugar company ngati ali illegal amangidwa?????????????????

Itsanana
Itsanana
7 months ago
Reply to  nafundo zalo

Deport them.

paul naluso
paul naluso
7 months ago

KP IT UP MR VP. WE NEED SERIOUSNESS IN PUBLIC SECTOR KUTI AMALAWI TITHANDIZIKE. YEMWE AKUFINYIKAYO ATULE PANSI UDINDO MULOWE ANA AMACHAWI NGATI INU BWANA.

Mzungu Dala
Mzungu Dala
7 months ago

I fail to understand why the Malawi institute of Management (MIM), of all entities, should fail to submit the report in time. They are supposed to be Management Consultants themselves; they are the guys who conduct consultancies on organisational reform and development, organisational functional reviews, job evaluation, management audits, etc. They are supposed to be the guys who should teach us report writing, project proposal writing, TIME MANAGEMENT, etc. In fact they are supposed to be the guys who should have advised the other parastatals on how to write a good STATUS REPORT. SMEDI has beaten MIM to it. SMEDI… Read more »

Mdala
Mdala
7 months ago

Not only in the public sector Mr. Chilima, the same slumber exists also in the private sector. But you should know?! Anyway, we appreciate your big engagement and your tremendous efforts to bring this public non- or under performing organization up to speed! High efficiencies, punctuality, fast and pragmatic service to the public is paramount! This deliberate delay in ordinary public procedures and services must come to an end!- Therefore we need standardised time frames! For example a utility connection, takes not more than one month after application, a passport not more than 3 working days… This will help government… Read more »

Bob Finye
Bob Finye
7 months ago

Chilima himself deserves to be disciplined for misleading Malawians about COVID-19.

Mfumu Jay
Mfumu Jay
7 months ago
Reply to  Bob Finye

@Finye: ndiwedi wosokonekera ubongo, hetini? Nkhani iri apa ndiya ma parastatals osati COVID-19, shaa!!

Bob Finye
Bob Finye
7 months ago
Reply to  Mfumu Jay

Nkhani ndi ya discipline. Kumamvetsetsa zinthuzi.

Medson
Medson
7 months ago
Reply to  Mfumu Jay

Misunderstanding nkhani yili apo ndiya discipline

ERUTU
ERUTU
7 months ago
Reply to  Bob Finye

Cadet bakha 🦆 phweeeeeeee

ANA ACHEPA
ANA ACHEPA
7 months ago

Very good start olemekeza.

Otayo
Otayo
7 months ago

In any business targets must be: 1. Achievable 2.Measurable 3.Realistic 4.Time realistic If you set targets which are over ambitious not only do they fail but also you demotivate your employees. 5.Autocratic leadership in Business always ends in a failure. 6.Here we are talking about small, medium and large organization. How on earth can these institutions with different volumes of activity be given same deadline! 7. Was the deadline discussed with these institutions or just imposed on them? 8.where are we here Top _, bottom leadership style? 9. Leadership where middle managers have no automomy 10. Decisions are made quicker… Read more »

BigMan
BigMan
7 months ago
Reply to  Otayo

So they should have just ignored the deadline? Why not ask for more time? You are from MIM aren’t you?

Otayo
Otayo
7 months ago
Reply to  BigMan

I’m not from MMI my friend if I may call you. I’m from Business community/Economics/Business Administration and the rest of it

Mkanda Gudu
Mkanda Gudu
7 months ago
Reply to  Otayo

But in any case, whether big or small an institution should be ready to report any at time. This could be no brainer to a performer

Otayo
Otayo
7 months ago
Reply to  Mkanda Gudu

1.Ofcourse yes, institutions are meant to be reporting either quarterly reports or yearly reports. 2. I don’t know whether Chilima’s demand for a report: Was it quarterly or yearly report. Or just an ambush. 3. If these CEO make a premature report because an autocratic leader wants it on his desk, do not blame them of a misleading report if they make lots of errors. 4.Companies/institution have an obligation to make such reports in a time frame as set in their policies. 5.If you want to ambush them the first thing is to change their policies so that they are… Read more »

Otayo
Otayo
7 months ago
Reply to  Mkanda Gudu

1.Yes institution have the obligation to report their institutions’ status whether quarterly or yearly as set out in their policies. 2. I don’t know if this ambush demand was meant to meet a legally quartery or yearly report as set in their policies. 3. We need to follow insitution policies and stop using unknown ambush policies by politicians. 4.if there is a need to divert to ambush policies, first change the policies and put it in writing that ministers will request an ambush report at anytime of their choosing. 5. Where there is no Law no one is deemed to… Read more »

Gowoka
Gowoka
7 months ago
Reply to  Otayo

But over 56 had beaten the dead line. what’s special with failing others?

Mzungu Dala
Mzungu Dala
7 months ago
Reply to  Otayo

@Otayo, while I agree with most of what you have written, I beg to differ on your general observation that the parastatals haven’t been given enough time. The parastatals were given enough time. We should regard SKC’s demand for REFORMS STATUS REPORTS in its historical context. SKC had interface meetings with the organisations way back in 2014 when he was APM’s VP. They agreed on MEASURABLES, DELIVERABLES, TIMELINES, etc. Enforcement of reforms is a continuous process that has, or should have, inbuilt mechanisms for monitoring and evaluation. What SKC is simply asking for is this: Ever since we kick started… Read more »

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
7 months ago
Reply to  Otayo

well if they have just been in the offices busy with personal chores and making no audits or follow up! yes they would be late to submit bcoz are caught pants down. otherwise if people are hard on it then straight from that day 7 and 9 meetings should have been done and let everyine attatched do their job and the compiled or communicate back to VP may be for an extra day pending on how much compiled. HE IS APPROACHABLE AND THAYS WAT WE CALL IT WORKING TOGETHER. Apo biii ah nde musowa di poyambila ndi ma ghost workers… Read more »

Contrarian
Contrarian
7 months ago
Reply to  Otayo

Teachers are not doers. MIM – what do they reach about management? Only theoretical management? Hahaha! The worst of the pack. Is the institution to be taken seriously?

Sarah sarah
Sarah sarah
7 months ago
Reply to  Otayo

Otayo people do no reasoning in these shores no more. They want orgs to drop everything at the request of elected politicians, forgetting the fear mentality they are creating is what destroys same orgs.
Leaders who grorifies rigid checklists and blueprints should be viewed with skepticism and avoidance

Desderata Marmite
Desderata Marmite
7 months ago
Reply to  Otayo

I’ve more than once hinted on the calibre and understanding of simple management principles by the vice president of Malawi. Actually, what has just been explained above paints a complete picture of the aftermath of such an archaic way of running an organisation, let alone a country. All that will surely demotivate the civil service, not long from now we will witness several social unrests. One wonders as to how this guy managed the cellphone company he said he headed. If this is how he went about his daily business then the employees there were not enjoying their jobs. Now… Read more »

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