Malawi VP Chilima says political leadership crucial in reforms implementation

Strong political leadership is crucial in ensuring the smooth implementation of public sector reforms which the Malawi government is currently embarking on, Vice President Saulos Chilima said on Tuesday.

Chilima: Reforms needs political wills

Chilima: Political will is there to implemenent reforms

Chilima was speaking on his departure to Singapore where among other things he will participate in an international interface on Leadership, Foresight and Excellence in the Public Service hosted by UNDP, funders of the trip.

“The interface which will also involve other countries including Kenya will benefit Malawi a lot because issues of how political leadership can be greatly used to effectively implement reforms will take centre stage,” Chilima told journalists at Kamuzu International Airport.

Chilima said officials from the Republic of Singapore, a success story in implementation of public sector reforms, will share their experiences on how public service leadership and political leadership can be aligned to successfully implement public sector reforms.

“This is why I have been accompanied by Commissioner (Krishna Savjani, SC) as an independent and the Chief Secretary to the government (George Mkondiwa) from the civil service and myself from the political side so that we can all tap best practices to ensure successful implementation here,” said Chilima.

The veep said eight ministries that signed contract performances with President Mutharika are leading the implementation exercise and racing against December dateline.

He cited the Home Affairs Ministry and the Ministry of Finance tasked with the issuance of identity cards and the prevention of the reoccurrence of cash looting respectively.

The Vice President said, subject to the President’s approval, two more ministries will sign contracts with the President so that they deliver on the assignment that they will be given.

After rigorous desk consultation process, President Mutharika launched the reforms agenda on February 11 where he warned that days of doing business as usual are long gone as he appealed to Malawians of goodwill to change mind set and accept change.

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Amenewo ndiye manyi. ife pay ya feb sinalandire.odwara onse mupite ku zipatala za boma ku mission musabwere.pitara ndi geturud niomwe azakuthandizeni.mwina ndi part of reform


One of the stumbling block to achieve performance goals is lack of follow ups.
Implementation of action logs with time frames is very critical to achieving goals. Consequence management is a critical process to apply for those who fail to meet their goals. 1st warning, 2nd warning and final warning all these written. Why not dismiss them if all HR avenues have been exhausted with no success!


Do you also have deadlines Mr VP out of interest? For example, what became of the infamous visit to Israel? Any impact or enviable outcome on ground? After that then ask about the Singapore trip.

All the best all the same!


Wawa chilima, munthu wanzeru ndiwe wekha DPP yonse, Timakupasa ulemu, Tangokhala pheee ulamula pompano Dzikoli


Zaziiii!no rep from Parliament and Judiciary hahaha mwatindeka


Change must begin within DPP more especially with pple like Majoni


Meanwhile the big man is visiting a cell at Lumbadzi blowing millions in the process. Reforms indeed.

Tawonga Phiri.

We agree that Change is necessary and for everybody. Start slow and start with Ministry of Education at Capital Hill and District Education Managers. The Managers at Capital Hill and staff are a total shame. It takes a year to post a teacher, 15 hours to arrange transport for a funeral by a divisional manager, the list is endless. Then nect should be Ministry of Health.


this trip is well funded by UNDP so wina kummati bwana vp akuononga ndalama ya misinkho yanu yake iti


Useless trip.

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