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SKC meets parastatal leaders: Demands Reforms Status Report by July 17

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Malawi’s Vice President the Right Hon Dr. Saulos Chilima, who is also Minister for Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms, has asked leaders of parastatal organisations to furnish his office with a Reforms Status Report by July 17, 2020.

Chilima: we want to reach a desired state Chilima: we want to reach a desired state

Chilima made the demand after an interface meeting with the leadership of parastatal organisations from the central region, at Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe on Tuesday.

The parastatal leadership includes chief executive officers (CEOs), directors of finance and also CEO for Lilongwe City Council.

“To fully understand what has been happening, I have requested a Reforms Status Report due on 17th July. Once this is done, we will be engaging individual parastatals on a quarterly basis to take stock of the gains to ensure that we improve on service delivery to benefit Malawians,” said the VP, who took oath of office on June 28 alongside President Dr Lazaus Chakwera.

Chilima added: “During the engagement, I also noted that some directors and managers are on Acting Employment Basis. They should immediately be reviewed for confirmation or removed. I also noted that most CEOs keep on being transferred from one parastatal to another.

“This tendency must be looked into. If one is incompetent in one organisation, they cannot become competent by simply moving to another parastatal. Through the reforms, we want to reach a desired state that is responsive, efficient and effective in service delivery.”

On Thursday, Chilima is scheduled to hold a similar meeting with Southern Region based parastatal leaders in Blantyre, before proceeding to Mzuzu.

The meetings aim at reviewing and agreeing on new areas of reform and to take stock of the impact of service delivery effectiveness that the reforms have had so far.

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