Secretary to the President and Cabinet Colleen Zamba has denounced laxity in service delivery by some public servants and urged them to prioritize developmental aspirations of Malawians.
Zamba was speaking at the Malawi School of Government – Kanengo Campus in Lilongwe during the opening of a workshop for senior public officers including directors, deputy directors, administration officers and under-secretaries from government ministries and departments to discuss what is working and share ideas to improve on areas that are lacking.
In her address, the SPC reminded the civil servants to prioritise developmental aspirations of Malawians over personal interests.
Zamba also denounced slowness in meeting deadlines which she said are common problems in the public service hampering progress in delivery of projects.
“For instance, if the President issues an instruction for something to be done, some officers just ignore it, only to do it at their pace and time, that’s not acceptable,”‘ said Zamba.
On leaked government memos, the SPC appealed to public servants to adhere to their ethics and discipline.
“Some officers just choose at will to leak classified information on social media, which is gross indiscipline,” lamented Zamba.
For her part, the Director General of Malawi School of Government, Asiyati Chiweza, said the school is committed to helping reset the attitude and morale of the civil service.
Meanwhile, public feedback shows that Malawi’s civil service is embroidered in several mismanagement cases of public resources and delays in service delivery among others.
Reported by Isaac Jali.