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 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.