Take politics out of reforms, newspaper urges Malawi govt

As Chief Secretary to the Government Lloyd Muhara claimed the current reforms programme  being a success, a leading daily newspaper has said in its editorial comment that “before anyone can stand on the roof top of a sky-scrapper and start touting the current reforms programmes being a success, they should just show Malawians where progress has been.”

Reforms Chief Director Seodi White speaking at Sectorial conferences opened by the Chief Secretary to the Government Lloyd Muhara at Capital Hotel in Lilongwe on Monday.-Photo by Stanley Makuti, Mana

In his keynote address on Monday at the opening of the National Reforms Conference underway in Lilongwe, Muhara said the success rate on implementation and effectiveness of reforms is at 85 percent.

“In summary, we have achieved 85 percent of what we intended to achieve [since the reforms were launched on February 11 2015],” said Muhara.

But Nation Publications Limited with its daily title on Tuesday in its editorial comment pointed out that “sadly the more resources government has been spending – in the name of implementing the reforms – the more service delivery and the lackadaisical style of doing things has remained the same, if not worsened.”

The paper said it has been more of “political rhetoric than anything else.”

In the comment, the paper says the current reform programmes, perhaps more than any other, has been crowded in and messed up and muddled in politics.

“The politics out of the reform programme then no one will have to sound the gong alerting people that the reforms they are implementing are a success because it will be the beneficiaries themselves first singing, dancing and honking to the musical vibes of the programme, “the paper said.

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Mopiya Mulupare
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Reforms are long processes. They take 10-15 years to be felt in most cases. It can’t be accurate that 85% of of the planned was achieved. Two years is too short because you are changing processes, mindsets, culture of doing things. These can’t be achieved in 24 months. Ask the intended beneficiaries to assess the claims.

chimanga
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Excuse me Sir, Show us what you have done. Is reforms stealing from Parastatals? Empty tins you are. Just shut up

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