Mtambo raises red flag on impunity and mediocrity in civil service, calls for patriotism among Malawians

The Minister of Civic Education and National Unity Timothy Pagonachi Mtambo has said time has come for Malawians to rise up and start challenging impunity and mediocrity in the public service, which he said is robbing the country of its precious resources for the national development.

Mtambo made the remarks in Lilongwe on Thursday when he graced this year’s International Labour Day, which the Catholic-based Centre for Social Concern (CfSC) organized at its head offices at St. Francis Parish at Area 25 in Lilongwe.

The minister emphasized that contrary to public opinion that politicians are the ones stealing government money; civil servants are actually the ones stealing thereby robbing tax-burdened citizens of their much-needed resources to transform the country.

He also took a swipe at some politicians who are abusing their powers.

“I must emphasize here that not all civil servants are involved in the malpractice. In the same vein, not all politicians are bad as there are some who truly adhere to servant leadership. We must all seek to do what we do for the sake of common good. We must rise and fight the malpractices together. This is our country, we must guard it jealously,” he said.

Kuppens–The big man syndrome is undermining national efforts to develop Malawi–Photo by Watipaso Mzungu, Nyasa Times

Mtambo appealed to Malawians to support the incumbent leadership in address moral and professional decadence in the public sector.

“We must support our leaders who have chosen servant leadership over lordship. So, what I am saying is: Enough of Malawians just crying. We have to get to work to develop this country as a collective unit. Active citizenship is an important aspect in turning around the economic fortunes of this country,” he said.

“Let us be dedicated to this country. When things go wrong, let us rise and fight together. When our leaders are doing things, let us support them and let us help them actualizing the dream,” he added.

Mtambo further appealed to Malawians to embrace values of patriotism, discipline and hard work, stressing that these are crucial for the attainment of the social and economic aspirations of the nation.

He said the government is committed to inculcating moral and professional values in the public service through the various reforms it is implementing to improve quality of service.

A representative of the Missionaries of Africa, Father Jos Kuppens, said the ‘big boss syndrome’ is undermining national efforts to translate national dreams into reality.

Mtambo calls for civil service patriotism

Kuppens, who also founded the Centre in 2002, emphasized while he is not proposing and advancing disrespect for the people in positions of authority, it is high time Malawians checked the extent to which such respect should be given to avoid enslaving themselves.

“We do not need to put all the honours the big person and them do everything for us instead of recognizing that it can be done by each one of us. Until we realized that our elected leaders are actually our servants and not big bosses, then we shall be able to collaborate with them in doing what is good for this nation,” he said.

CfSC executive director Father James Ngahy said latest studies have shown that most Malawians are working in poor and unfriendly environments in spite of combined efforts by the government and non-state actors to improve the situation.

However, Ngahy said it would be fruitless for the citizens to continue blaming the government for the shortfalls in the labour industry.

“Surely, we are to work hard and creatively in order to liberate ourselves; hence, be free of the chains of dependency. Sometimes we blame the government, of which we have the right do so when it does not do well. However, continuing blaming our government yet doing less than the minimum from our end, contradicts not only the principle of social justice, but also the distributive and commutative justice,” he said.

He said the International Labour Day should thus provide workers with moments of reflections on how they can improve in their working.

Father Ngahy further stated that the day is a moment when people should re-look at themselves inside-out.

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Wakwiya ndi Kadeti
1 month ago

Controlling officers like PSs, parastatal CEOs and directors are the main thieves. They influence accountants and IPC into the game of stealing. They steal fuel through cards. Nankhumwa ngwakuba. MPs are crooks. Politicians are wasting money as well through ridiculous salaries increases, duty free vehicles, allowances etc.

Ali Palimandi
1 month ago

Timothy is the right minister for the right portfolio at the right time.

Dowa boy
Dowa boy
1 month ago

Now its time to reap the new habit Malawians were taught

Dowa boy
Dowa boy
1 month ago

That is what u planted during the osaopa time.

Marumbo
1 month ago

the warlord Mtumbo still trying to look relevant. Zaziii! Ndiye mwati akatolika anapanga Labour day yawo? Ali ndi ndalama zoseweretsa eti!! Akatha apo ndiye azitinyansa ndizopereka mumiphakatimu. Nosense!!!!

Immmana
Immmana
1 month ago

Get rid of urself and Bendulo then we will know u r serious

Zoona zenizeni
Zoona zenizeni
1 month ago
Reply to  Immmana

We are moving the courts on the issue of Bendulo. He was given a position of Director and MPSR expressly say that the holder of that position should have a degree or master. I find it very stupid for people with high qualifications to be reporting to the dunderhead.

John gadaga
John gadaga
1 month ago
Reply to  Zoona zenizeni

Well let’s say bendulo knows a thing or two about computers but that isn’t enough to give such huge responsibilities against the requirements of the sacred MPSR.

On a serious note, watch bendulo closely he may have already obtained a masters today evening from some Jerusalem University and others

Alex mgeni
Alex mgeni
1 month ago

This government is blaming the civil servants too much. Too much excuses. Just work with what you have or fire the bad ones….. Osamanama.

Concerned Bonafide Malawian
Concerned Bonafide Malawian
1 month ago

Positive indicators for national development ….

Last edited 1 month ago by Concerned Bonafide Malawian
Ndafera Nkhande
Ndafera Nkhande
1 month ago

It is always time has come yet we see nothing being achieved. These talk talk busy bodies bore me so much. When will we see action being taken if the civil servants are bad? Politicians waste their time blaming the civil service yet they are in direct control of the very people they try to bite.You mean you do not sit down in your offices and supervise your staff? Then if you do not supervise them you are failing your duties.We are fed up hearing the very same issue as if it is a song.

The Patriot
The Patriot
1 month ago

The Goebbels of MCP, the propaganda master, has literally nothing to show in as far as productivity is concerned save for being “kidnapped” and pointing fingers at this and that. That aside, MCP has to know for sure that it can never distance itself from any corruption in its led Govt. There is not way you can spin off the COVIDGATE. It’s you and your folks, PERIOD. So stop this useless talking.

Chekweche Ngozo
1 month ago
Reply to  The Patriot

Same usual story from court family State administration, nothing new

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