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Civil Society Organisations optimistic on reforms

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Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have said although there is need to do more on the reforms being implemented, they are optimistic that the reforms will continue bearing fruits.

The CSOs and Public Service Reforms Commission were on Tuesday engaged in day-long meeting in a Lilongwe where the Commission gave the CSOs an update on the strides that are being made.

Malawi Economic Justice Network (Mejn) Executive Director, Dalitso Kubalasa hailed the seriousness which government has attached to the reforms.

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“This is the 80th attempt that government is making [at] reforms in the public sector. When they were announced, the reforms were met by suspicion and scepticism. But unlike in the last 79 attempts, we are seeing some elements of positivity. The approach is different. There seems to be some sort of passion in them. These traits were not there in the past,” Kubalasa said.

Livingstonia Synod Church and Society Programme Executive Director, Moses Mkandawire, underscored the significance of the reforms.

“At the end, what we need is an improved public sector. The challenge that we have had is that it has been very slow or inefficient, such that those who are supposed to benefit from these services, get frustrated and in the process we are not developing,” he said.

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In an interview, Secretary for Public Service Reforms Unit, Nwazi Nthambala said: “On reduction, there is a procedure that has to be followed. There are laws that have to be changed. It is, therefore, a long process.”

She, however, stressed on the progress that has been made in other areas.

“Things are now working very well. For instance, there was a time when teachers were leaving their classes to look for money because of delays in receiving their salaries. That is a thing of the past. Teachers are no longer getting their salaries late. That is a sign that things are going on well,” she said.

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