Chilima throws out officials for late coming at reforms meeting

Some heads of parastatals and senior officials who reported late for the Public Sector Reforms meeting, which State Vice President Saulos Chilima is overseeing in his capacity as  Minister for Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms, were locked out  at the Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe on Tuesday.

Vice-president Chilima engages parastatals, private sector on reforms
John Chome and others at the meeting

Officials at the meeting told Nyasa Times that Chilima arrived at BICC at exactly 08:50am for the meeting scheduled to start at 9am.

Only a handful of heads of parastatals had arrived at the place when the Vice President was getting to the place.

“The officials  that came after 9am have been sent back while others were seen loitering outside the room waiting for the meeting to finish,” said the source.

Chilima — a technocrat  who before joining frontline politics in 2014 worked as the first Malawian managing director for multinational Airtel Malawi— is well-known for time management.

The functional vice-president Chilima is holding  interface meetings with PSs of parastatal organizations, the private sector and local councils on the implementation of the reforms agenda in the new administration of President Lazarus Chakwera.

On Tuesday,  the Vice President engaged  Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Directors of Finance for parastatal organisations based in the central region as well as CEO for the Lilongwe City Council John Chome.

Spokesperson in Office of the Vice-President, Pilirani Phiri, states that the engagements will be held across all three regions in Blantyre, Lilongwe and Mzuzu.

“The meetings will review and agree on new areas of reforms and take stock of the impact of service delivery, efficiency and effectiveness that the reforms have had so far. These include organisation health checks such as profitability or loss,” said Phiri in a statement.

On Thursday, the Veep is expected to meet CEOs for Blantyre and Zomba city councils at Sunbird Mount Soche in Blantyre while on Friday, he is scheduled to meet CEOs from the private sector.

The country’s second-in-command will then meet directors of finance from the Northern Region, including Mzuzu City Council CEO, on Monday.

Chilima is serving a second term as Vice-President, having been in the same position under the erstwhile governing Democratic Progressive Party leader Peter Mutharika. Before falling out with Mutharika, the Vice-President was also in charge of the Public Sector Reforms Programme during which he introduced reforms that were lauded by critics for being effective.

Later, Mutharika directed that the reforms be handled by Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) which stalled under the watch of garrulous Seodi White.

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Patience Ineo
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Patience Ineo

EXEGGERATED!
The room was full to capacity by the time the VP came in! I was there. I am not sure WHO was “thrown out” for coming ‘late.’
It’s good that the VP talked about the virtue of punctuality, but reporters must not cook up stories. Ine hape!

Ana mwachepa
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Ana mwachepa

Foolish mcp supporters, who told you that punctuality translates directly into productivity? At my work place someone always reports early but he is the most unproductive person pamene ife ma late reporters we are very productive. Za ZII BABY Chililma waonjeza, paja amatinso kulibe COVID-19

Iantana
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Iantana

Komatu amalawi timamva ndi chikwapu,,nde apapa mwangotidzizimutsa bwana!.. I remember my late grandpa.. u come late after a call up..amakubweza, transport ndukulandanso

Rays(RFU)
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Rays(RFU)

That was agood move, Time management is one of the best attributes of a good leader.
Meeting imayamba 9am, Anthuwa akudziwa bwino za congested roads in Lilongwe.
Chinali chanzeru kunyamuka kwawo Earlier ncholinga choti akafike ontime.
Kuwabwenza ku meeting ziwathandiza kudzasunga nthawi next time.

Bwana Wa Ulesi
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Bwana Wa Ulesi

8:50am meeting ya 9:00am. Onse ndiochedwa spa anakabwera 8:30am if he was tranna to lead by Example komanso iwe reporter learn kulemba chinthu in detail like planned vs actual attendance. Cuz atha kukhala ochedwao analipo 10 out of 50 koma apa it sounding like vice versa.

Youth Leaguer
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Youth Leaguer

Gee, treating CEOs like kids! Koma ziliko. Even Trump has arrived late to several international meetings. When this man’s downfall arrives, it shall be very amusing to watch! Nothing lasts forever.

Pewani
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Pewani

A CEO who can not manage time can not manage an Institution and deserve to be treated like a kindergatten kid.

MATHOSI
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MATHOSI

If one behaves like a kid he/she will be treated likewise

VYOTO
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VYOTO

IF WE ARE INDEED TO DEMONSTRATE TO WORK HARD X 5! AS DEMANDED BY THE PRESIDENT IN HIS INAUGRATION SPEECH, ALL CEOS THAT CAME LATE MUST BE FIRED,THESE MIGHT AMONGST THE SO CALLED DPP EXECUTIVE CADETS.THEIR ACTIONS HAVE STARTED TO SHOW THAT THEY WANT TO START THROWING SPANNERS INTO THE PRESIDENT CHAKWERA ADMINISTRATION’S WORK AS THEY DID WITH AMAYI JOYCE BANDA BETWEEN 2012-2014.FIRE THESE DPP EXECUTIVE CADETS AS THERE ARE A LOT OF PATRIOTIC MALAWIANS WITH BETTER QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE WHO WERE DENIED OPPORTUNITIES BECAUSE OF THE LOMWELIZATION PRACTICES BY THE LLOYD MUHARA ADMINISTRATION.WAS KAISI SADALA OF TTC ONE OF… Read more »

Teacha
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Teacha

Ankolo tamalembani ngati ku sukulu munapita chonde, do you just fire people with no warning or without proper procedures? Cadet or no cadet we ought follow proper procedures si kumunda uku yayi

Ndatopa Ine
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Ndatopa Ine

It has always been the case with Malawian senior management, be it in government, parastatal or private entities to report for duties late small wonder we are 56 years behind in development. SMH! Time to wake up and begin to work hard Malawians!

Kala
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Kala

Jam mtown mu

ERUTU
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ERUTU

DEADWOOD SHOULD GO. THE LATE ONES HAVE JUST DUG THEIR OWN PIT TRAP 🇲🇼

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