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Seodi White, others sent packing

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WHITE—Change is constant

Government has terminated contracts of a number of senior pubic officials including Chief Director of Reforms Seodi White, Director of Information in the Ministry of Information Mzati Nkolokosa and his deputy Deogratias Mmana.

Minister of Information Gospel Kazako, who is also government spokesperson, confirmed the development, saying some of those that have had their contracts terminated were not hired in accordance with the law.

Kazako said it is not personal but that government wants to align the public service with the Tonse Alliance development agenda of ensuring the rule of law prevails in everything including hiring and retention of public officers.

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“They are Malawians and we talk to some of them. The issue is that they did not follow procedures when getting the jobs in government and we want to correct that. There are a lot of people in government today who are not qualified for the positions they hold while some did not even attend any interviews. They were just being picked from their homes to Capital Hill,” Kazako said.

He added that it is important that laws are followed when employing people into the public service, saying political colours should never be qualification for anyone to get a job in government.

“It is not that we want to replace them with UTM or [Malawi Congress Party] supporters no. Even the [Democratic Progressive Party] supporters will be getting jobs in government provided they qualify and follow procedures.

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This is a national service which everyone, from Chitipa to Nsanje, must have an equal chance to compete for irrespective of their political colours,” Kazako said.

He added that more dismissals will be coming especially to those who used shortcuts in getting employment in the public sector.

“You know about those three names today but there others you will be discovering in due course while others will have their contacts terminated in due course,” said.

Reacting to the termination of her contract, White said she was leaving government a happy person and that she is proud of her work as Chief Director of Public Service Reforms.

“To me change is constant. Government is a revolving door where some people go in while others come out. I will move on with my life very happy of what I have achieved and I hope that one day Malawians will benefit from my work,” she said.

Meanwhile, Chancellor College political scientist Mustafa Hussein has said although frequent transfers and dismissals of public servants interrupt progress, if there is evidence that they were recruited without following procedures, correcting measures must be implemented.

“What is important is that it should not be political. If procedures were breached then corrective measures such as transfers and even dismissals should be implemented to try and correct the anomalies,” Hussein said.

Government has been moving people from various ministries and departments since then governing Democratic Progressive Party was booted out of power at the June 23 fresh presidential election.

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