Seodi speaks out:  ‘Politics is sexy, Malawi destiny not with politicians but public servants’

Former Chief Director for Public Sector Reforms Seodi White has publicly commented about her contract being terminated,  says politicians will not change the destiny of Malawi but a vibrant civil service.

White: Government is a ‘revolving door’, you enter, you exit!

President Lazarus Chakwera, a former church preacher,  is on record to say God has given Malawi  through the Tonse Alliance of 9 parties the destiny of  better life for all not the few.

Butin  her farewell video clip circulating on social media, White said people wrongly believe that politicians will change the destiny of Malawi

“I have been working as what they call Chief Director responsible for Public Sector Reforms, this means I was the technical lead in the government of Malawi,  leading change and change management in 23 ministries, 56  state corporations, 35 local councils and I think 10 constitutional bodies such as Law Commission,

“So this means  I was coordinating, engaging on reforms.  It’s been a great experience,  naturally if you are put in that kind of kind of job its very interesting. It makes you grow as a leader, as  a person and as a professional. It’s been great,” said White, a lawyer by profession and a women’s rights activist.

White was appointed as Chief Director of Reforms by former president Peter Mutharika.

“I didn’t know what I was getting into when I first got his job. I didn’t even know this is kind of job I wanted but when the former Head of State appointed me I thought I would try it and see what is about. So it was more curiosity than anything else. I am glad  I did and I am glad it’s coming to an end at this point in time because sometimes there is a danger of overstaying in government and you become just as government and I think  this has been worry to say I need to develop other skills,” she said.

White said there will legal pitfalls on issues of accountability which have been reformed.

“But what I found very interesting was  that the issue of accountability  was not properly monitored. The law, the Public Service Act and all other regulations  did not  clearly spell out what non- performing or  performance target would entail.

“We have tried to change all that. We have created the Malawi Public Sector Reform Policy, Public Service Management Policy and now  we have created the draft bill called the Public Service Bill which it entails better  performance, better accountability and more efficiency and effectiveness. When it goes  to Parliament I hope it will help,” she said.

In her take way message White said: “Many times we psychologically believe that as citizens of Malawi that the ones who will change our destiny are politicians. No. The destiny of each and every country is as effective and  as advanced as its public  service.

“Civil Service is very powerful machinery that can change the destiny of this country .Lets work closely with more expectation from  the civil service  rather than  from politicians.”

White continued: “I know politics is sexy, I know it looks great when people are campaigning but once  politicians enter the government machinery, they are dependent on the civil service to deliver the promises and if the civil service is not responsive or is having problems to deliver that, the country will not prosper.”

“I am leaving as a strong believer of civil service  as a critical change agent of any country particularly Malawi.”

On her firing, White described government as a ‘revolving door’ where people enter do their jobs and exit.

“I have so many plans, I am so excited about the future. Just like everybody should be,  because government is a revolving door. You enter, you exit.

“It should not be a place where you stay permanently, It’s a revolving door.,” she said.

Deputy Secretary to the President and Cabinet Janet Banda confirmed White’s contract has been terminated  together with director of Information Mzati Nkolokosa, deputy director of Information Deogratias Mmana and former broadcaster Timpuza Mwansambo because their  recruitment was deemed faulty.

The  officers were not in the mainstream civil service prior to their contracts while those seconded from other departments such as journalists from Malawi Broadcasting Corporation will be returning to the public broadcaster.

The issue of contracts, transfers and secondment of officers in government has become a touchy issue following two leaked internal memos from Attorney General Chikosa Silungwe cautioning against unnecessary transfers, secondments and dismissal of public officers.

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Benito
1 month ago

Seud is right it’s Malawians that can change the country but without vibrant leadership we can’t deliver

Sams
Sams
1 month ago

Apa ndipamene mukanasonyeza ukadaulo uja wolila. Talilanitu tive.

Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba

Whoever appointed you did not follow the procedure. He simply wanted to keep your filthy mouth shut. How could you be a PS from space? That is not the way. I am waiting for more CEO or DGs to go. There is Felix Jumbe, there is Sumbuleta and Steve Maseya at MBC. There is Gerald Viola. Clean up NOCMA, MBS, MERA, ESCOM, Water Boards, EGENCO etc. These CEOs are political and belong to dpp. They are doing their best to sabotage government effort to make MAlawi a better place.

Madd Maxx
Madd Maxx
1 month ago

Just another useless chipwadza.

Itsanana
Itsanana
1 month ago

Is that the best picture Nyasatimes could find of Seodi White. Why not use the one she was crying for Jane Ansah? This is insulting.

Wachiyao
1 month ago
Reply to  Itsanana

Wrong question. The two right ones should be, ‘Is that the best dress she could wear in front of the camera? And is that the best sitting position she could come up with considering the length of her dress?”

Mulumuzana
Mulumuzana
1 month ago

Her farewell massage seems wise. But one wonders why wasn’t she demonstrating the same during her tenure in office? Cheating pays not really. She must have learnt a lesson and I hope the little time she has been with the Tonse has transformed her for the better.

CESSPOOL
CESSPOOL
1 month ago

The problem with this woman lies in her inability to accept that the public service reforms were championed by Chilima who was siphoned from the reforms by APM. In her case she was a sponge that failed to differentiate between foul corrupt waters and chlorinated services. Her parting words display injury to missed opportunities in the government nest she ought to have realised that the sun was dusking on her opportunism,

Mafikizolo
Mafikizolo
1 month ago

Fare thee well Seodi. You belong to the dustbin of Malawi’s history together with other personalities who should never have held positions of influence in our country such as Gertrude Maseko, Chisale, Rosa Mbilizi and others. To be honest with you, over the years, your behaviour on a number of issues has irritated many people in this country. You are definitely a person only a mother can love.. Good riddance.

par2
par2
1 month ago
Reply to  Mafikizolo

please put another picture that one shows a white underwear

Dan
Dan
1 month ago

By the way when did you know that? If you knew that you should have kept your tears for stupid things thatb you were foolishly crying for on camera. Malai and especially the civil service needs none like you

Ngombwax
Ngombwax
1 month ago

Just go! And if you corruptly obtained anything from the govt — like many of your fellow political appointees in the previous regime — the young man you contemptuously derided, SKC, will make damn sure you’re going to jail. (Politicians are not supposed to send anybody to jail in a democracy. But this is the Malawi you helped build when you feverishly supported the undemocratic DPP regime, and you’ll now reap what you sowed). By the way, the people of Malawi, and not the civil service, kicked out the rotten DPP regime. So your parting shots in apparent praise of… Read more »

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