Ex-minister Kumpalume tips new Cabinet members

First congratulations. There is a reason why you are there at this time in our history.

New ministers shares a laughter after the swearing in ceremony at BICC-pic by Lisa Kadango
From your first day at work a lot of people will want to see you. Some just to introduce themselves. Others want to influence your decision making. Here is what to look out for
1) They will call you “my brother” or “my sister”. Trust me they are not your brother or your sister. They are not interested in you at all. All they want is business from your ministry. The day you get fired is the day you will see the last of them. Don’t be a sell out.
2) Your staff have links with all the service providers in your ministry. The day you compromise their deals is the day we will read about how corrupt you are. Don’t be intimidated. Stay the course. Better to stand alone on principle than cower to bullies.
3) One day you will leave office. The lucky ones resign, the desperate ones get pushed, the unlucky ones get fired. When that day comes will you be able to walk with your head held high because you did your very best? Before you get entangled in shady deals, consider the day you leave office.
4) The office you occupy is not yours. Don’t get comfy. The house is not yours. The two vehicles are not yours either. They are for the office. There were people that occupied that office before you and trust me your colleagues will be on a smear campaign to occupy the same office. Just remember reshuffle is like the day of the Lord. Be prepared for it. When it is your turn to go, be grateful and go joyfully. Very few people have had the previlage of being a minister. Always plan ahead what you will do on that day. Pray it doesn’t happen when you are out of the country. It gets a little awkward.
5)if you want to make a difference, be prepared to work very hard. If you don’t, people will forget you easily. It’s best to live beyond your years. Leave a legacy, a reference point for your successors and the generations to come.
6)Remember you will leave office. The staff that call you Hon Minister will no longer obey your orders. You might need favours from them after you leave office. You lose nothing by being nice to the staff even the juniormost. Don’t let power come to your head.
That will be all from me. I will be routing for you all the way. All the best and once again Congratulations.

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Mpakateni
7 months ago

Not Ministry of Healthy, but Ministry of Health.Osamalemba Chizungu cha ku DEC.

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
7 months ago
Reply to  Mpakateni

Kkkkkkkkk chipongwetu ichi tinkati a ku MCC.

Kaitano
Kaitano
7 months ago
Reply to  Mpakateni

Zimatengela chimene wabwelanacho from Ku school imene unapita! Professional yako yochonga zolakwika za anthu ena, imeneyo timaitcha kuti Mphunzitsi! So I don’t have any problem with Mphunzitsi. Ine sindinaphuzire kwambiri ngati mmene munaphuzirila inu, ndipo ndine mbuli koopsatu! Ndipo olo kuti kuyenda maiko ena ngati kumene ndili kuno, ndi chisomo cha Mulungu basi, pamene inu muli ndichilochonse chokuyenelezani kukhala ophunzira mdziko lapasi,koma mukusoweka chinthu chimodzi chokha pamoyo wanu,, eya chimenecho!!!!

Kaitano
Kaitano
7 months ago

Wow! Great stuff indeed! Thank you Dr Kumpalume, ali ndi khutu ave zomwe mwalembazi, if you had their contacts, I wish if you could call them one by one but any way this is the best! You were once a Minister of Healthy right? I have that memory I don’t know if am right or wrong but thank you. Keep safe.

Mpakateni
7 months ago

Sounds good, but hypocritical. Do as I say, not as I do. I wish I engaged the author in person, he would not be able to answer my second question. I am convinced Malawi has first class crooks.This man must be investigated for unlawfully having dual citizenship. Currently, the Malawi laws do not allow dual citizenship, till Parliament amends the citizenship law.

Nedi K
Nedi K
7 months ago
Reply to  Mpakateni

Inu mwalowetsa chidani.A Kumpalume anakulakwirani chiyani. Complete offside. You hate Dr. Kumpalume. Ife amene ndife osazindikira tinaonana MOH ikuyenda ndi professional, a young doctor…who was not such a good politician. He was a technocrat. I feel proud of this rare brand.

The Sniper.
The Sniper.
7 months ago
Reply to  Mpakateni

That is including you! Thinking you know everything!

Thomas nkhontha
Thomas nkhontha
7 months ago

Cznt believe theres s stupid idiot wearing ripped jean and jacket at that function

Noxy
7 months ago

Free advice take it or leave it at ones peril

Kambewa chisale
7 months ago

Let those who have ears hear
Munthu wo kulangiza si Mfiti koma amene amati Tifanane

Usayi
Usayi
7 months ago

These are the issues that we need on this platform. Osakhala zomanyozana, kuopsezana etc

Truth
Truth
7 months ago

Good advice. But we do not go to government offices to get favors but services – let such practices stop forthwith.

Keen Observer
Keen Observer
7 months ago
Reply to  Truth

Not true in life everybody needs a favour in one way or another. A real true honest favour is not bad. A good example I went into an Office of the Traffic Department somewhere, my son wanted to renew his driver’s licence BUT the knock off time was already ticked off so we just wanted to ask what & what we will be required to bring the following day then the officer in charge asked us what was the problem? I explained that we just wanted to get e list of the requirements so that the following day we might… Read more »

mchisala
mchisala
7 months ago

Very good and timely advice. I can see from your very sincere and objective advice you are a patriot shameless Mutharika never knew!!!!

kanchenga
kanchenga
7 months ago

Wao. That’s love at its best. Wamakutu wamva. .

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