Ndilowe’s meeting was ‘ordinary’, say Malawi top civil servants

Public service directors and principal secretaries in the civil service have described the meeting which was summoned by Chief Secretary Hawa Ndilowe on Wednesday as ordinary and not “crisis meeting” as envisaged  following reports of high level corruption.

There have been fevered speculations on corrupt practices in the public service following the shooting of Budget Director Paul Mphwiyo recently.

Ndilowe called for a meeting Wednesday at Bingu International Conference Centre for all public service directors and principal secretaries- in what was construed as a sign that there is crisis in the civil service.

But some directors who attended the meeting and spoke to Nyasa Times said there was nothing unprecedented to the meeting.

Ndilowe: Meeting was ordinary
Ndilowe: Meeting was ordinary

“Chief Secretary called for the meeting of Directors simply to share her vision and agenda on how the Public Service can improve, be efficient and effective in serving Malawians and it was not a crisis meeting in wake of whatsoever is  going on,”one of the directors who spoke to Nyasa Times said after the meeting .

“When Ndilowe  was appointed Chief Secretary, she met Principal Secretaries, then Chief Executives of Parastatals, the Directors are the the third group she is meeting. The meeting should have taken place some months ago but it was postponed. It was mere coincidence that the meeting took place when government has embarked on crackdown against corruption, fraud and theft in public purse,” said another official.

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