There are massive redeployments taking place in ministries and departments affecting human resource officers and secretaries, but the Department of Human Resource Management (DHRM) has described the movements as normal.
So far, human resource personnel and secretaries have been moved enmasse from the Accountant General’s office, prompting the civil servants to connect the redeployments to the looting of taxpayers money from the Capital Hill.
The transfers at the Accountant General’s office have followed similar redeployments of accountants between October and December last year in connection with the looting.
DHRM principal secretary Sam Madula said in an interview on Monday: “The movements taking place are normal. They [employees] are being moved around the service, filling gaps. By Friday, my office will have moved a large group.”
The department has started with the clerical common service, but could go as far as directors in ministries, with the blessing of the Chief Secretary, Madula disclosed.
However, he could not state the number of civil servants who would be affected by the redeployments.
The redeployments are taking place alongside evaluations and reviewing performances of civil service staff to develop a training programme to ensure civil servants are rising through the systems normally.
He said government was going back to the old system of training staff requiring upgrades through the Staff Development Institute (SDI) and Malawi Institute of Management (MIM).
“This will especially be done in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology looking at roles of recruitment, pensions and payroll management, while identifying weaknesses and skills of staff,” he said.
Madula said to show that there was nothing fishy in the redeployments, those who have been moved will remain with the same grade, same salary and benefits.