Chief Secretary to Government Lloyd Muhara has urged civil servants in the country to desist from corruption and serve Malawians diligently.
Muhara was speaking in Lilongwe yesterday during commemorations of the Africa Public Service Day.
The development comes at a time corruption has become the order of the day in the civil service with civil servants demanding kickbacks to provide services which were meant to be free.
“I urge the civil servants to desist from corruption. Corruption is evil and has no place in the civil service.
“There is always a belief out there that when you need a public service, it takes forever to get it. Let us change the way we do things and prove the public wrong,” Muhara said.
He asked the civil servants to concentrate on what they are giving out and not what they are getting.
Muhara challenged the civil servants to ask themselves whether they are serving Malawians in the manner the public expects them to.
He told the civil servants to be selfless, committed and dedicated saying the public deserves the best.
Civil Servants Trade Union president Josephy Mdambo concurred with Muhara that corruption is evil and that it needs to be stumped out of the public service.
Mdambo, however, said the civil service needs to be well motivated to ensure that they deliver public services efficiently.
“There is need to strike a balance between what we get and what we are expected to give out,” Mdambo said.
Africa Public Service Day is an event entrenched in the African Union calendar.
It originates from the conference of African Ministers for Public or Civil Service held in Tangier, Morocco in 1994.
It was agreed at this conference that June 23 should be celebrated annually as Africa Public Service Day to recognise the value and virtue of service to the community.
It is also a platform to reflect and share practical recommendations on women empowerment in public service nationally and across the continent.
It aims to discover innovations, reward excellence in the public sector, motivate public servants to further promote innovation, enhance professionalism in the public service, raise the image of public service, enhance trust in government, collect, document and share best practices for possible replication within a country as well as across the African Continent.