New brooms at Malawi’s Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) on Wednesday unveiled plans to the media in Blantyre on how the office intends to revamp the civil service such as improving effective performance and the fight against corruption.
Newly-appointed Chief Secretary to the Government Hawa Ndilowe, accompanied by her deputy Willie Samute among other top officials, said the priority number one was improvement of effective performance accountability to ensure achievement of meaningful results in every ministry, department, agency and parastatal.
Ndilowe, who replaced interdicted chief secretary Bright Msaka, said her office would also strengthen oversight in addressing immediate challenges facing the economy and delivery of major basic social services such as medical drugs in public hospitals.
Ndilowe said her office would also work hard towards improving of welfare of public servants, adding in order for the public service to achieve its purpose, human resource is important.
The Chief Secretary said the civil service leadership would also fight to restore discipline and integrity of the civil service, by among other things, fighting corruption.
Ndilowe announced OPC would by end of May hire a spokesperson to open up the office to the public. Previously, it has proved hard for journalists to get information from the office but the OPC team assured this would change.