Chilima says Tonse sent packing ‘gang of thugs’: Malawi reforms deploy results-based model

Vice President Saulos Chilima has said his UTM Party, President Lazarus Chakwera’s Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and seven other parties who make the Tonse Alliance that won the June 23 Fresh Presidential Election actually sent a “gang of thugs” out of the government.

Chilima greats Joyce and Khumbo Kachali -Pic by Roy Nkosi
Chilima speaking at the event
A cross section of the audience at the Weekly Brief -Pic by Roy Nkosi

The governing Tonse Alliance ousted the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which Chilima served as State Vice-President but kept accusing it of rampant corruption while as its second-in-command until he formed his UTM to advance a transformational change agenda.

Speaking at Kamuzu Palace as the presidency marked 100 days in office, Chilima reminded that the struggle for transformational change was not without drama and paid tribute to some frontline troops who died.

In his speech, Chilima, who is also Minister of Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms, said the Tonse Administration led by Chakwera, has put public sector reforms as one of the items on top of its agenda and that the President tasked him to lead and drive the Reforms agenda.

He said the Public Sector Reforms, in general, seek to improve the public administration of the State, its roles and functions as well as the effectiveness and efficiency of public service institutions in a systemic and sustainable manner.

“We are talking of sustainability because our reforms must bring about enduring changes in the manner in which public sector actors act with the aim of bringing about meaningful and lasting development. We are, therefore, aiming at ensuring institutionalized structural changes and permanent behavioural changes,” said Chilima.

He said the reforms which he is championing, are an answer to the “cries for change” that the people of Malawi have for so long hoped for but never realized.

“The Reforms are a first step towards permanently institutionalizing the people’s choice of a responsive citizen-centric government that they voted into power on 23rd June, 2020. Indeed, these Reforms are a culmination of tireless  efforts of many Malawians of various walks of life, from women hawking peanuts to lawyers in  wigs and gowns, from plumbers to big-hitting executives, from local community organizers to  senior battle-hardened politicians who fought tirelessly and in great unity to bring about a dramatic  but inevitable electoral victory for all well-meaning Malawians,” said Chilima in a powerful oratory.

Chilima pointed out that   Malawians did not seek electoral victory for its own sake.

“Neither did they view electoral victory as an end in itself. No. Rather, they sought to change this country’s fortunes by first changing its leadership. Their ultimate aim, I dare say, is to have a fairer society and live healthier and happier lives. For that reason, they voted into power a leadership that promised to, among other things,  reform the public sector in order to bring about true change that Malawians actually voted for on  23rd June.,” said Chilima, a pro-democracy campaigner while as a student at Chancellor College when Malawi ushered multi-party democracy in 1994.

Chilima said sustainable reforms must necessarily go through three phases, saying there could be more but for the purposes of the Monday event, he collapsed them into three.

“These are i. Deliberate plan to change government bureaucracy;  ii. Injection of fresh ideas into policy, structures and processes; and iii. Monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the injected ideas,” he said.

The vice-president said , throughout these phases, Tonse administration overarching aim is to ensure  efficient, effective and responsive public service by implementing innovative, systemic and wide ranging changes aimed at delivering to the people; an improved service delivery;  Decentralised and devolved functions; Effective government machinery;  Enhanced transparency and accountability with attendant value for money; Enhanced professionalism by civil servants and all public officers;  Improved revenue collection and improved citizen satisfaction and trust in public bodies

He said these are the practical and tangible deliverables of President Chakwera’s transformative leadership premised on five key principles, being – Servant leadership; Prospering together; Ending corruption; Rule of law; and National unity.

Chilima said the public sector reform program is an on-going exercise, saying at the moment they have concluded the design phase and that some ministries, departments and agencies have already embarked on implementation of the agreed parameters of reform.

He said there are two cross cutting Reforms – Legal and Financial Sustainability, saying in order to achieve all these, government will deploy a Results Based Model which will derive from activities to the benefits for the citizens.

Chilima said Tonse leaders are not naïve and must remain alive to the complexity of the challenges which include: Highly politicised civil service; Poor staff management riddled with nepotism, tribalism and sheer pettiness; iii. Weak accountability; Anaemic revenue collection; Institutionalised corruption and, with it, entrenched interests; Low staff morale; and Very weak citizens’ trust in public bodies

“Even as we admit that these challenges exist,” said Chilima, “we must never tire to reform the public sector and deliver to the best of our effort. We must continue on this otherwise torturous but highly fulfilling path of repositioning and repurposing the public sector so that this Government can truly become ‘a government of the people, by the people, for the people’. Only then can we truly call ourselves in full compliance of the Tonse Philosophy. “

Chilima said reforms are like breathing, “if you stop you die. Let’s continue with this effort “

The vice president said what he outlined was a “synopsis” on the Reforms but said President Chakwera has the “full picture of our 100 days journey.”

In inviting President Chakwera to address, Chilima described him as “a man who God has given the people of Malawi to serve through this phase “

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mtete
mtete
8 months ago

The satisfaction I am getting is the knowledge that DPP is indeed disappearing into the abyss, hopefully never to reincarnate into something more horrible. As for APM, he never was anything near a leader; just a blabbering crook/thug.

Mwana wa Kathu
Mwana wa Kathu
8 months ago

Yes the looters have been chased out replaced by the Tonse looters. Ask Khumbo Kachale where he earned the billions he has, ask Joyce Mama Corruption Banda where is the Presidential Jet, ask Chilima where did he get the funds for the UTM campaign ask Tonse about the deals with corrupt Indians.
SKC is just a Bully Bully China. Bully Bully Chilima knows best to shout at parastatal chiefs etc. Nothing achieved so far. Just fear.

Last edited 8 months ago by Mwana wa Kathu
nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
8 months ago

mzimu wa Izeki uziusa mu ntendere osatha. DPP ku binhu hall REFORM ! anapangapo cani???? basi nthawi imeneija aliyeseyo analandila ma allowase kuponya mmatumba kuiwala mutu wankhani. kodi tonedo analowa mdziko munoyu for all those years could one think just 3 months every kona would become straight????? akungokyenyana kaamba dzanja lomwe linali mu cinthumba linadzidzimutsidwa nkututulukamo ulele nde ga.e siikuenda lelo ndi izi ci TUG OF WAR .dzana amakhala side by side pano alozana misana. imagine nankhumwa brain washing people omwe samadziwa kuti why lelo ndi lelo since june kwaitanidwa rally yongoti lelo ku bangwe. kuiza anthu kiti sakudya kayatu.… Read more »

WTF
WTF
8 months ago

Pple change cannot happen overnight and don’t expect SKC to perform miracles. He has set the pace. If u were in his shoes you would not have done anything in 100days. SKC clear the chuff even it means banging tables. Majority of the parastatal CEOs don’t have a flipping clue on what they are supposed to do. Reform or go home.

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

When I hear the name dpp my whole body shivers. I ask myself if the thugs were back.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
8 months ago

koma ndoedi the body shiver and quiver. eee anthu amaenda kupondera ma toes.kuli kudzimva shuga wa sobo wa original uja osasungunula kapena shuga wa mu condensed milk.
eh koma yaaaa. ife kumaenda ngati galu wacimidzi obhalamutsidwa ndi galu wa cizungu. titapanila micila kucita kukanika kuyenda. kumalephela kufusa njila kaa.ba ambil samacokela kummwela.
dpp inatha ngongoliwa ankakhalila mphika sanakusiyileni mulingo wace. banamizanani..asiyeni azanu alomwekoso. mumathobwa mmaso a malawi kuti asamaone lutsogolo

Super DuperP
Super DuperP
8 months ago

He is working. Total opposite of Chimulirenji the clown 🤡

Kabuchibuchi
8 months ago

Chilima phuma, that’s why he went around banging tables in parastatals and mocking CEOs in public instead of listening to them and drawing solutions together. The result is that nothing has been achieved in 100 days because everyone is just WATCHING. Anzeru siinu nokha Mr Arafat Hamdan Chilima. Dziko lakukanikani kuyendetsa ili.

JACK OBAMA
JACK OBAMA
8 months ago
Reply to  Kabuchibuchi

There were indeed lazy CEOs and its time you must go we need new people becoz you are failing to embrace change and accept you lazy sleeping moron APM is gone. Do not think we do not know. If you think we are sleeping you are making a mistake. How can the whole CEO not understand what Dr SKC is trying to show you. In Tanzania Magufuli imatha pompo pompo. I cannot celebrate on somebody’s failures. Tell me the waterboard and ESCOM CEO’s where doing???

Anaconda Mfune
Anaconda Mfune
8 months ago

I’ve always faulted Chilima in the flowery, baseless manner he presents his dreams. This speech is reminiscent of the days he used to crisscrossed the country telling people what to expect after winning. Unfortunately, none of the promises he made has been achieved and yet he still has the guts to continue lying. One can tell that all the processes talked about therein are text-book material. He is basically failing to put into practice his noise. As someone boldly pointed out, as a country we need to plan on short, medium and long term attainments. Surely, from the dreams he… Read more »

Mzozodo
Mzozodo
8 months ago
Reply to  Anaconda Mfune

Chilima said there were things that will be achieved in the short, medium and long. Passports will only be achieved when the contract with Technobrain or whoever supplies passport booklets expires etc

Chib
Chib
8 months ago

Mr Vice President you can talk of reforms but if you can not change mindset of civil servants nothing will change.,,,eg at migration offices staff asking akuyendestrani ndani? Ya Fanta..,, please this must stop
Giving driving licenses to people who do not know how to drive

Phaloni
Phaloni
8 months ago

Are they not welcoming the same gangs in their parties?

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