Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) and Consumers Association of Malawi (Cama) have called for immediate dismissal of civil servants who are resisting reforms in the ongoing Public Sector Reforms Programme for the good of the country.
The CSOs recommendations come after they had a meeting with Vice President Saulos Chilima in Lilongwe on Tuesday where the VP sought feedback from the CSOs on the progress of the reforms programme so far.
One of the issues discussed at the meeting was the resistance from some civil servants to reform hoping that the VP would get tired and stop the fight for reforms in the process.
CCJP Acting National Secretary Martin Chiphwanya who confirmed discussing the civil servants’ resistance said yesterday in an interview that such civil servants should be removed from the service because they are a threat to the nation.
“It is very disturbing to hear that some public servants are not in support of this reform agenda. If our country is to progress, such elements should be uprooted because they are a threat to our existence as a nation. This is no longer time to do business as usual. Our image as a nation has been heavily bruised due to among others ineffective public servants used to doing business the usual way,” said Chiphwanya.
He added: “Let patriotic and hardworking civil servants remain and let those unwilling to reform for the betterment of our country go.”
Chiphwanya said the public reforms offer the only realistic avenue of restoring dignity and credibility to the battered image of Malawi. He said recommendations to depoliticise the civil service are in tandem with principles of corporate governance which promote fairness, professionalism and competitiveness in the hiring of public servants.
“CCJP views this as a step towards making the civil service an entity that serves the interests of all Malawians and not just a few ruling elite,” he said.
Cama Executive Director John Kapito warned public servants resisting change that CSOs and others would not relent because of their frustrations but fight on until Malawi is saved from the current mess created by such civil servants.
Said Kapito: “We have a small pocket of civil and public servants that will frustrate the reforms because they are now afraid that their actions and behaviour will be under public scrutiny and they will do everything to scare people but we will not relent because we are tired of poverty and having a public and civil service that cannot deliver.”
Kapito warned civil servants that are frustrating the reforms saying the reforms do not belong to Vice President but to all Malawians.
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