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Analyst wants reforms on presidential powers

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Chancellor College-based political analyst, Bonface Dulani, has said public service reforms will be meaningless if they do not touch on reducing presidential powers.

Dulani was analysing the public service reforms which have been implemented the year ending.

He said the reforms started with promise and initially looked like a sure way of improving service delivery in the public service but they have stalled in the last quarter of the year.

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Dulani said the reforms are important if the country is to move forward but insisted that the presidential appointing powers is the area where the reforms are needed the most.

“There have been complaints in the recent weeks that ACB [Anti Corruption Bureau] lacks direction and seriousness in curbing corruption. All this is because the people leading ACB and of course all other parastatals are presidential appointees,” he said.

He said it looks like even Vice President, Saulos Chilima who is leading the reforms has lost hope in their future.

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“There is clear lack of political will from the government. President Peter Mutharika publicly declared that he will not have his appointment powers reduced but that is where the reforms are needed. The reforms were tried before but failed and as it stands, it looks like we are going the same path,” he said.

Dulani also said there is need for the reforms to be supported by the laws saying they can be legally challenged if the laws which establish the parastatals are not amended to reflect the reforms.

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