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Parastatals challenged on prudence, efficiency

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CHIKHOSI—There is too much wastage

The government has challenged statutory corporations against wastage of resources and providing substandard services to the public.

Secretary to the President and Cabinet, Zangazanga Chikhosi, was speaking in Mangochi Wednesday when he opened a three-day orientation workshop for newly appointed board members of parastatals.

“There is too much wastage which needs to be controlled and stopped if the country’s economy is to grow,” Chikhosi said.

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He noted that currently, Malawians are frustrated and disappointed with poor service provision in most statutory corporations, some of which they accuse of offering poor services.

Chikhosi singled out Agricultural Development and Marketing Corporation, Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi, water boards and the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority as being among poorly performing institutions in the past years.

Chikhosi then challenged the boards to find ways of turning around performance of the entities.

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He ordered the boards to set performance targets and create systems that would ensure that they attain them.

“The boards should be working hand in hand with management to ensure that they are making profits which will help government achieve its goals,” he said.

In her remarks, Comptroller of Statutory Corporations, Nwazi Mnthambala, said her office had already put in place measures to track performance of all the 67 statutory corporations.

“We want them to start running as proper commercial entities; hence, we will make them adhere to some performance indicators.

“We will not tolerate corruption and abuse of office which have been rampant in most organisations,” Mnthambala said.

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