MP  Kouwenhoven rues high vacancy level at Rumphi District Council

Rumphi West member of Parliament (MP) Jacqueline Kouwenhoven (independent) has brought the attention of Minister lof Local Government  Kondwani Nankhumwa that in Rumphi District Council, there is an “extremely high vacancy level.”

Jacqueline Kouwenhoven is-Member of Parliament (MP) for Rumphi West.

The Rumphi West MP said in parliament, stating that she noted the vacancy rate  in the report of the Local Authorities and Rural development Committee.

“Mr Speaker, Sir, 70 per cent of the positions are not filled and yet we are talking about decentralization.  How can a council function with 70 per cent of vacancy level?” she said.

Kouwenhoven  asked the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development to “urgently act” on the matter.

“We have in the Public Works Office one Acting Director of Public Works (DPW) nobody else, an Acting Director of Planning and development (DPD), no register officer, no qualified procurement officer and no qualified stores officer.

“We have an Acting Director of Administration.  In the accounts office where everything is happening, only a few people are working.  I plead for the position of Director of Finance as well,” said Kouwenhoven.

She asked for support from Minister of Transport Jappie Mhango, who is also a Member of Parliament for Rumphi North, to request for the substantive officers.

Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Nankhumwa conceded that there is “ extremely very high vacancy level, not only at Rumphi District Council but almost in all councils across the country.”

Nankhumwa said this is due to the freeze in recruitment as directed by government.

“I know, Mr Speaker, Sir, that the high vacancy level is one of the challenges that is really besetting the development or the activities of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development at district council level. Just to give you an example, we have had cases whereby because of this high vacancy level, you find that an Assistant Aids Coordinator at the district would be given a responsibility as an Acting Director of Planning and Development.

“We are currently discussing at the ministry with the Ministry of Finance Economic Planning and Development so that together find a common solution to the challenge. We may request that a waiver should be  put on the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development in as far as the freeze of recruitment is concerned so that it can be given a go ahead to fill key positions in our district councils,” said Nankhumwa.

Nankhumwa said he shared the concernof MP Kouwenhoven “and as government we are looking into that.  “

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mjanja sichone
mjanja sichone
4 years ago

Contributing factors for Rumphi District Council to have very high vacancy level is that when it comes to flow of monetary terms they receive very little as a result very few officers are unwilling to go and work there. Correction of facts on what the MP said in Parliament, actually a part from the DC there is only one Director and that is Director of Public Works otherwise the rest of Directorate are being held by other people in acting capacity.

Ackim L
Ackim L
4 years ago

Bravo JK, at least you what you were voted for. Others waist alot of time in parliament with petty issues. This is the kind of approach that is expected of legislators……Rumphi West constituency – JK is a blessing from God, you need to hold on to her.

4 years ago

Get the money kept by DPP ministers in their homes for recruitment. The whole civil service is actually paralyzed by this freeze which has come because govt has run out of money – this govt is failing to woe donors back to help because a lot of its ministers are stealing and do not want to stop stealing. This DPP ikudzunza anthu m’Malawi muno. We have nurses and doctors who have been trained and cannot be employed while patients are dying on ques because their is no one to attend to them.

4 years ago

There are not enough alomwes to fill all government position in the country. Open it up to other tribes and this will also improve on efficiency and competence

C Banda
C Banda
4 years ago

Nankhumwa said he shared the concern of MP Kouwenhoven “and as government we are looking into that. ”

That is the standard response from the authorities, pretending to agree with us, but stalling while we think that something will be done about an issue when if fact nothing whatsoever will happen.

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