Former principal secretary publishes book on civil service know-how


Former principal secretary for Tourism and Culture Reverend Elsie Tembo has penned a second book titled My Footsteps in the Malawi Civil Service which she launched last Tuesday in Lilongwe.

Tembo described the launch as great and that the patronage was impressive.

“The enthusiasm of the audience to get the book after the highlights were made by the guest of honour, former secretary to the President and Cabinet Hawa Ndilowe and other dignitaries, was great,” she said.


Tembo said she was happy to launch the book, especially that she connected the day of the launch to her uncle’s birthday, who inspired her to write the book and that he has been her mentor and life coach.

“Apart from my uncle’s inspiration, I felt that I could share my 40 years of experience in the civil service with other young people, who are aspiring to develop a career in the public service.

In the book, I am sharing some of the secrets to my success, the challenges I met on the way from stenographer to principal secretary, and how I surmounted them and still made it to the top,” she said.


Tembo said people have a chance to read the book and that they can access it at Graceland Book Centre in Lilongwe and that she was working on putting it in other bookshops.

She said, in this modern age, it was important to write as part of promoting reading and writing culture.

Tembo debuted with Let Them Rule, which was published in 2019.

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