Chilima says 300 pieces of legislation need amendment to unlock various reforms implementation

Vice President Saulos Chilima has called for stronger collaboration between National Assembly  and the Executive arm of government especially on legislative reforms in parastatals and government ministries that are blocking progress for reforms in order for the Public Sector Reforms to have meaningful impact on the people of Malawi.

Chilima meeting officials of Parliament
Chilima: Parliament has three consecutive critical roles; representing the electorate, making laws and overseeing the government through hearings and inquiries
Chilima meeting officials of Parliament

Chilima, who is also Minister of Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms, observed that throughout the history of modern politics and democracy, the role of Parliament – as another arm of government – has been crucial in holding to account the executive for its politics and actions.

The Vice President made the remarks when he engaged the Speaker of Parliament, the First Deputy, the Second Deputy speakers and the secretariat led by the Clerk of Parliament.

The major objective of the engagement was to enhance this collaboration as well as appreciate the reforms that Parliament intends to implement for it, too, to achieve efficiency, effectiveness and professionalism.

Chilima was excited to note that the reforms that Parliament is embarking on will help the institution improve trust with the general public and strengthen cooperation between Parliament and other arms of government. The reforms also aim at attaining the much needed financial, legal and administrative autonomy for Parliament.

“Parliament has three consecutive critical roles; representing the electorate, making laws and overseeing the government through hearings and inquiries. In fact, as we speak we have more than 300 pieces of legislation that need amendment to unlock implementation of various reforms,” he said.

Chilima assured the Speaker of Parliament that President Lazarus Chakwera, is committed to enhancing Parliament autonomy to achieve the desired separation of powers in practice.

He said some of the reforms that Parliament is working on also include automation of Parliament registers to reduce absenteeism in the chamber, automation of Hansard transcription, enhancing parliamentary outreach between lawmakers and electorates through establishment of parliament radio and television, as well as e-parliament to evolve to paperless transactions.

And in the same line of enhancing collaboration, Chilima later engaged the Committee on Government Assurances and Public Sector Reforms to update them on the reforms, solicit their views and feedback as well as highlighting the critical role that they have as lawmakers in ensuring that the onus of having a clear legal framework to drive the reforms agenda rests with them.

He said they have committed to transparency and accountability in the process of carrying out public sector reforms because without oversight of Parliament, we will be working in a vacuum.

“We have agreed to work on a well structured programme of oversight for continued engagement because we all have one goal in mind: an effecient, effective and professional public service. I have assured the Committee that the next national development agenda has taken into account the reforms agenda through the three key pillars of commercialisation, industrialization and urbanisation,” said the Second Citizen.

“In this vein, I have reiterated that legislative reforms will be critical to achieving goals of the three pillars and this is where Parliament and oversight Committees will play a major role,” concluded Chilima.

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1 year ago

Bwana Chilima

1 year ago

Mr meeting. Everything meeting with zero outcomes.A show-off app incompetent man

Nzeru Banda the Political Analyst

Another crucial area that needs serious reform is Government Communication Channel or call them systems. There is a lot of red tape that cause delays in implementing government projects. Government may have good programs, approve them today but implementation would take 4 to 6 Years. Cant we learn from the private sector on how effective, efficient and professional they are? It is the delays, too much unnecessary consultations that breed massive corruption. No wonder we are not moving forward as a country. Do the needful now Mr Vice President Chilima or its NEVER! Learn how the Portuguese do their things… Read more »

Patrick Phiri
Patrick Phiri
1 year ago

Chilima should also ask speaker to implement Section 65 with immediate effect, otherwise the reforms are meaningless if the law is applied selectively.

1 year ago
Reply to  Patrick Phiri

Have you heard of the independence of the legislature from the executive?

1 year ago

Kodi ma MP akumva? Eversleeping during the parliamentary debates pythons are abroad at the parliament swallowing the allowances without sweating thanks for the attendance register the CDF has turned into personal monies no tactile development on the ground most of these parliamentarians never attend the ADC meetings. Such interfaces with the constituents is anathema for our honourable MPs they are in the ranks of the untouchables. Mama Speaker please hasten the process of creating the three hundred reform pieces into law so that the level of accountability is above the “business as usual ” approach. This is a moment in… Read more »

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