Worry not about the leakage; worry about contents of Silungwe’s letter 

The letter Attorney General  Dr Chikosa Silungwe wrote to Vice-President Saulos Chilima, Secretary to the President and Cabinet (SPC) Zangazanga Chikhosi and all heads of public institutions may, as they love to call it, an internal one, not meant for the public.

In the letter, dated August 20 2020, Silungwe warned those he was writing to against poorly-drafted contracts, unlawful dismissals and reckless redeployment as such tendencies  have cost taxpayers K29 billion between 2018 and 2020.

However, just by revealing how much we, as taxpayers, have lost due to poor decision making by those entrusted with leadership, Silungwe’s letter ceases to be an internal one.

What Silungwe’s letter reveals is a depth of administrative rot deeply entrenched in the country’s public service sector.

He is telling us that, hey, we have enough money to efficiently run our hospitals, our schools, our social protection systems; but that money is wrongly used to cover up administrative errors of those entrusted to manage of our public service sector.

Such a letter, fellow Malawians, isn’t supposed to be internal; it must be a public document.

In fact, Silungwe must be faulted for making that important letter as an internal one. Had it not leaked, Malawians would have never known that administrative mishaps within our public are that costly.

Thank God that memo leaked and whoever leaked it must be decorated as a champion of transparency and accountability.

That is why you must be shocked to read, especially on social media, some zealots busy debating the politics around the leakage of the letter, not the important public details that the letter contains.

They are even accusing Silungwe of disloyalty, saying he has deliberately leaked the letter for reasons better known to silly politics they are so addicted and prisoned to.

If such ‘leakage zealots’ don’t know, the contents of the letter Silungwe contains important information for the public to know how they are being governed.

It is in the spirit of accessing such information, that is why, as a nation, we pushed for Access to Information law to ensure that the public has access to vital information needed in pursuit of holding our government responsible for every action they take.

For this, kudos to Silungwe; but next time, don’t make such letters internal—do a press statement.

For now Silungwe is the man of the moment in this government.

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Gerado
Gerado
14 days ago

Nyasa editor, your writing is so mature! Why don’t you edit all those reporters articles before they get published? Am sure you will do something

Jasphet Simvula
Jasphet Simvula
14 days ago

The campaigners for multi party democracy, Late Chakufwa Chihana, Mapopa Chipeta, Ahmed Dassu and other colleagues left democracy half cooked. Look at the corruption and theft of public resources under democracy. Democracy is fast failing us and we must stop the slide into abyss

Sunshine K. Happy
Sunshine K. Happy
14 days ago

I’m an alien living in Malawi. I just wanna say, I thank you, the People of Malawi, and trough you, the Government of Malawi for making this such a wonderful place to live in. Sun shines brighter in Malawi.

Always,
Happy Sunshines

Last edited 14 days ago by Sunshine K. Happy
Muhariwa
Muhariwa
14 days ago

Malik letter is read and very touching.But the President and his vice should clearly know that there are many uneducated people who voted in their favour and this is so dangerous to democracy and they should be very careful with the matter. A few educated ones voted for them into power and some did not even attend any of their campaign meetings only laughed many from their meetings.Today, those you call educated ones are in your good positions. Note, this carefully otherwise try yourselves to mixed bag. We voted for change and made it but there should not be any… Read more »

Yonseyonse Sindyeka
Yonseyonse Sindyeka
14 days ago

Funny, the writer is against the spirit of his own write up.
To me he is just as good as the Social media zealots he is talking about.

Mbonga Matoga
Mbonga Matoga
14 days ago

First of all it is important to clarify that the K29 billion is a bill incurred by the previous regimes and not the Tonse alliance government. What Sulungwe has done is to warn the current regime to avoid the same mistakes that the previous regimes committed.

Secondly I am concerned that this is now a second time that we have seen government confidential letters leaking from Sulungwes office and the question I have is who is behind these leakages and for what motive.

Mr Sulungwe should sort out this unpatriotic behaviour from his office or the buck stops with him……

Last edited 14 days ago by Mbonga Matoga
myfriend
myfriend
14 days ago

Chilima rein over the rot at Road Traffic. The department is completely rotten and we have cofidence in you tha you will deal with this nosense.

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
14 days ago

taxpayers money.
mpaka housemaid
jomo
ka namwali kanyawani kaku machinga kaja kupita ku UNGA ndi mbwiyawo oodzera uja.

Heston
Heston
15 days ago

Bravo Mtanga

Malawi walero
Malawi walero
15 days ago

Zayambikaaaaaas🐕‍🦺🐕‍🦺🐕‍🦺🐒🐒

Mina
Mina
14 days ago
Reply to  Malawi walero

Zinayambika kale Koma izi akuti from 2018- 2020 the tonse alliance are only in government for 61 days this is just a warning or lesson to learn from what happened in this period from 2018-2020 .

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