Lilongwe, June 17: Government on Tuesday said it would reorganize the public services in a manner that would promote professionalism, integrity, technical competence and efficiency.
President Professor Peter Mutharika said this in Lilongwe when he was delivering the State Of National address and officially opened the 45th session of Parliament in Parliament building.
“The success of any administration, and indeed, the ability of a Government to efficiently deliver public services and enhance the welfare of its citizens largely depend on the dedication and professionalism of the public service,” said Mutharika.
He said the country’s Civil Service was once renowned for its professionalism and dedication to duty, but it is now regrettable that recently there has been laxity, indiscipline and pre-occupation with selfish motives by a few individuals, which led to the plunder of public resources through cashgate.
President Mutharika emphasized that his government would establish a corrupt-free civil service through full compliance with existing public financial management rules, regulations and practices.
Mutharika further said government would make sure that the civil service is non-partisan and serves the government of the day, and strictly adhere to the chain of command in financial management and that no civil servant is victimized because of change of government.
The president added that his government would reduce the number of ministerial portfolio, including deputy ministers to 20, budgetary allocation for the maintenance of state residences and the number of foreign missions abroad to ensure efficient delivery of service.
“My administration will establish a public service remuneration board, which would be responsible for the harmonization of pay in the public service.
“The body would be mandated to remove the inequalities that exist in the system whereby employees doing similar work at similar grades are remunerated differently merely because they work for different departments and agencies of the government,” explained Mutharika.
According to Mutharika they would provide equal and quality services to people irrespective of their location, all civil servants working in rural areas would be given incentives to encourage them to continue providing efficient services to rural communities.
Commenting on the state of the national address, Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN) Executive Director, Martha Kwataine said it is time for government to implement what has been promised.
“The speech was quite comprehensive and more especially because he talked issues of incentives for all civil servants working in rural areas. At first it was only teachers who were given hard ship allowances, but now I hope that nurses and doctors would also benefit,” said Kwataine.
She commended government for the initiative of equipping all hospitals with necessary equipments as patients would be assisted accordingly and that would also make hospital officials to deliver quality services.