As a way of empowering local councils to ably manage their human resource, the Minister of Local Government, Kondwani Nankhumwa has launched the human resource management system at Mulanje district council.
Nankhumwa said on Monday that the launch is a milestone in the decentralization process.
The Minister said the system which has given councils powers to manage their own payrolls will among other things help improve challenges of salary delays and incidences of ghost workers in the country.
“As you might be aware, devolving of human resource is part of this current public reforms being initiated by government and it has enormous benefits to both the government and council workers especially for the fact that some powers have been shifted from the central to the local government which will ensure smooth running and implementation of development activities at district level and the country at large,” Nankhumwa explained.
The Minister added that councils will also have powers to recruit their staff and besides taking disciplinary action on members of staff which he said was not the case before.
The President of the Malawi Local Government Association, Councilor Samson Chaziya said this is a great achievement the country has made as it will ensure acceleration of activities at council level which is of great benefit to people in the country.
Districts of Mulanje, Thyolo, Phalombe and Chiradzulu under the Shire Highlands started using the new system as salaries for November were processed at Mulanje district council where the server is.
Six other centers are also expected to roll out the system in the country.