Chakwera Firm On “Fixing Broken Systems Agenda”
President Lazarus Chakwera has directed Principal Secretaries (PSs) to be appraised quarterly to assess their performance.
The President made the directive when he held an interface with the Principal Secretaries from different Ministries and Departments at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe on Tuesday, 14th June.
Chakwera has since implored the PSs to be in the forefront in the realization of his agenda of fixing what he calls broken systems in the public service.
At the start of the interface, the president cautioned the PSs against showing traits designed to sabotage the service while expressing commitment, his administration is working to correct all wrongs that have existed for a long time.
This he indicated is the only way to ensure that there is signage among MDAs as the PSs are considered key players of the fixing broken systems agenda.
During the same event, Secretary in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Colleen Zamba made it clear, she will not condone laxity in the operations of the civil service.
She said “Meetings of PSs will be there every month to make sure that there is team work and there is bonding, there are several things which we will be putting together to move forward as a team.”
Immediately after her appointment, Zamba announced a number of stringent measures that include imposing a ban on lakeshore meetings.
Governance expert, George Chaima responding to the interface President Chakwera had with the PSs, described the move as a step in the right direction.
Chaima told Zodiak online, that regular meetings with government senior officials will assist the President to appreciate the challenges that the civil service faces.
“Many people have been complaining that the civil service is slow, for the president to have a meeting with the principal secretaries is a good thing because it is going to address some of the challenges that the civil service faces,” he said.
Giving reference to the performance of the civil service during the one-party era, Chaima is hopeful, Malawi can resuscitate the lost glory of the civil service.
“Sometime during the Kamuzu era, the civil service was vibrant, they were doing things on time, so there was signage as compared to what we have experienced for the past three decades” he added.
The country’s Ministries and Departments have a total of 37 Principal Secretaries.
Last modified on Tuesday, 14/06/2022