Malawi Chief Secretary calls for accountability amidst cashgate scandal

Chief Secretary to the Government Hawa Ndilowe has called on Principal Secretaries (PSs) for the improvement of behavior and accountability in all public servants in their day to day work which will lead to improved quality of services delivery.

Ndilowe made the call Monday during the opening of a-two-day workshop for High Level Consultation on Strengthening Integrity and Accountability, in the public service, for all principal secretaries and heads of constitutional and independent bodies at Malawi Institute of Management (MIM) in Lilongwe.

She went on to say at the high level consultative workshop on integrity and accountability in the public service is to consummate ideas to be discussed in order to come up with effective modules for the training program aimed at developing integrity and accountability culture in the public service.

Hawa Ndilowe: Accountability
Hawa Ndilowe: Accountability

“It is my hope that this consultation will be taken seriously, your thoughts and ideas will go towards improving the effectiveness of the training of ethic and integrity in the public service,” said Ndilowe.

She said the discussion is timely as the public service is being bashed for moral decay, breakdown of discipline and poor performances in government departments.

Ndilowe said it is also timely as the country is reflecting Malawi’s performance in the last 50 years and the focus should now shift to the next 50 years as the public service.

She added that the role of the public service is to deliver quality services, programs that improve the quality of life of people and ensure achievement of Malawi’s development agenda.

“Ethics is understood as the process by which we clarify what is right and wrong and by which we act on what we take to be right. Integrity is the adherence to what we believe is right,” explained Ndilowe.

Speaking earlier, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Acting Resident Representative Carlo Flore-Smereczniak said at the end of the workshop they expect effective delivery of public services.

She therefore, asked government to engage those who are not trained to receive training in similar programs.

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