President Peter Mutharika has disclosed that his government will reorganize the public services in a manner that would promote professionalism, integrity, technical competence and efficiency.
Mutharika said this on Tuesday when he delivered the State Of National address and officially opened the 45th session of Parliament in Lilongwe.
He said the success of any administration, and indeed, the ability of a government to efficiently deliver public services and enhance the welfare of its citizenry largely depends on the dedication and professionalism of the public service.
“In this regard, we will reorganize the public service in a manner that will promote professionalism, integrity, technical competence and efficiency,” he said.
Mutharika noted that the country’s Civil Service was once renowned for its professionalism and dedication to duty, but it is now regrettable that recently there has been laxity, indiscipline and pre-occupation with selfish motives by a few individuals, which led to the plunder of public resources through cashgate.
“Government will establish a corrupt-free Civil Service. This will be done through full compliance with existing public financial management rules, regulations and practices so as to enhance the professionalism of the Civil Service. Our aim, Mr. Speaker, Sir, is to restore the Civil Service to its past glory,” said Mutharika.
He said government will make sure that the Civil Service is non-partisan and serves the Government of the day.
“We will further ensure that civil servants strictly adhere to the chain of command in
financial management. We will also ensure that no civil servant is victimised because of change of Government,” said the Malawi leader.
The President pledges priorities in reforms to include;
• Reduction of the number of ministerial portfolios, including Deputy
Ministers, to 20
• budgetary allocation for the maintenance of state residences;
• the number of foreign missions abroad.
He said he will establish a Public Service Remuneration Board, which will be responsible for the harmonization of pay in the public service.