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Saulos Chilima wants ‘casual’ CEOs disciplined

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Vice-President Saulos Chilima has urged the Office of Comptroller of Statutory Corporations to discipline Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of parastatal organisations that failed to submit in time performance reports on the status of the reforms they are undertaking.

On July 7, Chilima, who is also Minister responsible for Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms, had requested that the performance reports should be in his office by July 17.

But a statement from his office which was released Tuesday indicates that out of 66 institutions that were expected to submit the reports by July 17, 56 delivered on time with the Small and Medium Enterprises Development being the first to submit on July 14.

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The statement states that nine parastatals missed the deadline with some of them submitting their reports as late as last Monday.

“At the time of issuing this statement, the Malawi Institute of Management [MIM] had not yet submitted the report. To this effect, the Vice-President has expressed dissatisfaction with the conduct of those that missed the deadline.

“Dr Chilima has directed the Controller of Statutory Corporations to take disciplinary action on the CEOs of these ten parastatals, specifically MIM which is yet to submit,” reads the statement issued by Press Officer in Chilima’s office, Pilirani Phiri.

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Social and political commentator Henry Chingaipe has described as good the move by Chilima to direct that measures should be taken on parastatal CEOs whose institutions failed to submit the reports in time.

“It is a good development. It sends out a signal that casual approach to government business will not be tolerated and that those in leadership or managerial positions will be held personally accountable for the discharge and performance of their duties,” Chingaipe said.

Chilima revived the reforms agenda immediately after being re-elected as the country’s vice-president together with Lazarus Chakwera who had led the Tonse Alliance at the polls.

He had initially undertaken the agenda during the previous administration before the role was taken away from him apparently after he fell out with the then-governing Democratic Progressive Party.

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