Four more ministries on Tuesday signed the performance contracts with President Prof. Peter Mutharika accepting to implement public reforms that the government is current advocating.
The four ministries are; the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Ministry of Lands Housing and Urban Development, Ministry of Industry and Trade and Ministry of Sports and Culture.
Among other things, the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs intends to embark on reforms that will help promote rule of law through the provision of professional legal services in a transparent and accountable manner.
It also intends to establish online registration system of companies and businesses and expedite drafting of bills for various government ministries and departments.
The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development focuses on increasing access of land and providing decent and affordable houses to low-income Malawians by undertaking policy, legal, administrative as well as institutional reforms.
Ministry of Trade and Industry seeks to create an enabling and competitive environment for private sector development, link Malawian businessmen to international markets and empower Malawians participate in economic activities among others.
On its part, the Ministry of Sports and Culture plans to establish an incentive and welfare programme for sports persons, improve planning, implementation and coordination of sports programmes in the country and manage sports structures.
Speaking after signing the contracts, Mutharika said reforms are processes that take huge amount of time and resources.
He then said it was unfair to start criticising government that it is failing to implement any of the said reforms when in actual sense, a lot was being done.
“The fact that Malawians are talking and discussing reforms on daily basis is a clear indication that there is a national consensus that we need to change the way we have conducted business in this country.
“The public has entrusted this administration to govern and produce results and they are waiting for us to deliver. We have no excuse but to deliver. But let me urge fellow Malawians to exercise patience because change is not a one day thing, but a process that takes place gradually,” the president said.
He said by signing the contracts, he saw people having access to land and security of land tenure for socio-economic development, improved business environment through online registration of businesses and companies as well as an improved sports management and political oversight by the justice ministry.
The President then commended the four ministries that signed the contracts and described the event as a sign of willingness and commitment to change.
“It is more befitting and proper that more ministries should join in the reforms agenda,” Mutharika explained.
He then warned that he expected no excuse but tangible results.
“By signing these contracts you have assured me and Malawians at large that you will deliver and produce the expected results, and as such, I expect nothing but good work,” the President said.
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