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Minister warns civil servants on politics

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Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Kezzie Msukwa, has warned civil servants working in his ministry to refrain from engaging in active politics or resign to pave the way for professionals to serve Malawians better.

Msukwa said the new administration should not fail to perform beyond people’s expectations because of some civil servants who are frustrated because parties they are affiliated to failed to win elections.

The minister was speaking at Chitipa Boma where together with his deputy Abida Mia, he met officials under his ministry and others at the council.

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Msukwa said allocation of plots should be procedural and strictly on merit regardless of one’s affiliation to the governing party or opposition parties.

“Leave politics to us. Concentrate on your work. Be professional always and let land and plots be given to deserving people, not only to MCP and UTM family. Malawi belongs to everybody,” Msukwa said.

He also warned against the tendency of some officers at the ministry who allocate themselves land and sell at a later stage.

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Reacting to the warning, Acting District Commissioner for Chitipa John Bosco Baluti said his office will make sure laws are being followed in anything they do.

Baluti said civil servants who will be in active politics will be cautioned in accordance with the law.

“The minister has spoken and he is serious on the matter. As a district, we are going to make sure that we operate under the laws,” Baluti said.

At the meeting, officials from Departments of Lands and the Malawi Housing Cooperation complained about encroachment by communities on public land and poor funding for operations.

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