AG Warn Secretary to President on Making Costly Decisions
In the internal memo addressed to Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Office of the Vice President and all Principal Secretaries and Heads of Department, the Attorney General Dr. Chikosa Silungwe is blunt on issues of secondment and transfers saying they have proved to be costly.
The government legal advisor says secondment is provided for under Regulations 1:175 and 1: 176 of Malawi Public Service Regulations (the MPSR); the Employment Act; and the Labour Relations Act but any purported secondment outside this legal framework is illegal.
Dr. Silungwe says in the space of two years, government has spent about 29 billion kwacha in settling what courts have ordered.
In his advice, Silungwe has further added that government should always follow the law when making decisions like secondment.
He has further added that all recruitments should be advertised through media in a drive to offer equal opportunities for all deserving applicants.
Since the Tonse Alliance was voted into power on June 23, several top government officials have been reshuffled.