Malawi President Joyce Banda has rebuked principal secretaries over incidences of indiscipline that occur in the public service, including theft of public money, corruption, coming to work late and knocking off early.
The President, according to her Facebook page posting, chided the principal secretaries at Kamuzu Palace in the capital, Lilongwe on Monday following general degeneration of discipline and poor commitment to work productivity, among some public servants.
“These problems arise, in some instances, because of lack of supervision and enforcement of the laid-down Public Service Regulations. Some principal secretaries do not make an effort to address such malpractices,” said the President, adding:
“I would like to point out that the rules and regulations that govern the Malawi Public Service and those that are specific to particular agencies should at all times be enforced to ensure discipline.
“Principal secretaries control enormous resources and are in charge of procurement matters. I would like to point out that I will not tolerate any corrupt and fraudulent practices, among principal secretaries and all public officers.”
Banda said she met principal secretaries and heads of independent and constitutional bodies to thank them for their tireless efforts towards the implementation of Economic Recovery Plan (ERP) as the economic situation continues to get better day by day.
On her facebook account, the President said she has instructed all principal secretaries and other leaders to show discipline, accountability, impartiality and their ability to provide services in a timely and effective manner.