Malawi leader urges civil servants to be committed to duty

President Joyce Banda on Friday called on all civil servants to be committed to duty for her government to fulfill its development agenda.

Banda said her government might have the best of plans, but if those required to execute such plans sabotaged them, there would be no meaningful achievement.

“I thank God for the dedicated team of personnel he has given me. Together, we make very brilliant plans for the nation. But no matter how hard we might try, if those below us frustrate such plans, we won’t achieve anything,” she said.

Banda was speaking at the Comesa Hall in Blantyre where she led the nation during the national service of worship commemorating 48 years of independence.

President Joyce Banda greets Head of the Catholic church in Malawi Archbishop Tarcizio Ziyaye at Independence prayers. Photo by Govati Nyirenda/Mana

The President therefore appealed to all civil servants to double their commitment to work if Malawi was to overcome its economic woes.

One Malawi

She thanked God for uniting Malawians as witnessed by the turnout of people of various political persuasions during this year’s independence national prayers of worship.

“I can see the former president Dr Bakili Muluzi there; I can see Honourable John Tembo and Mr George Chaponda there and many others.

“I never dreamt women clad in their different political colours would one day be able to converge at one meeting as is happening now and expect things to end well.

“Malawians, we must know that God loves us. Our plans are not God’s plans and neither are God’s plans ours,” Banda told the packed hall.

President Banda said she would live to remember this year’s commemoration, pointing out that it had shown that democracy in Malawi had come of age.

“I see democracy has matured in Malawi unlike in the past when we could not converge on one place like we have done today,” she said.

Divine Intervention

Banda then thanked all sectors of the Malawian society for the various contributions they make in various spheres of development.

She particularly asked members of the clergy to pray for the nation and herself in particular so that God gives her extra wisdom to run the country.

“Pray for me as well as the people around me so that God should shower us with his blessings and wisdom so that we should always be guided by His will,” she said.

Agriculture

On farmers’ welfare, Banda said she had instructed ADMARC officials to buy all cotton from cotton farmers whom she said were currently struggling to make ends meet.

“Things look rosy for the tobacco farmers but their counterparts in the cotton industry are crying because they still have their crop in their homes. I have therefore instructed ADMARC officials to go out and buy all the cotton from them so that they too should have money in their pockets to buy basic needs,” she said.

In the same vein, she also said ADMARC (Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation) was prepared to buy maize from farmers which would later be sent to hunger-stricken areas for people to buy.

The commemoration which was attended by a cross section of people marked 48 years of Malawi’s independence which it attained in 1964 from the British colonial rule.

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