Parliament’s Government Assurances and Public Reforms Committee on Thursday met the Public Service Reforms Commission to mend the bad relations between the commission and Parliament.
The meeting comes after Parliament cried foul that it was sidelined in the ongoing reforms as an oversight body.
The committee wrote the commission, which Vice-President Saulos Chilima chairs, asking for a meeting with the commissioners and secretariat to express their concerns.
Committee chairperson Harry Mkandawire confirmed in an interview that the meeting took place and they have come out more enlightened and appreciative of the process currently underway.
He said Chilima explained that not all reforms required the nod or involvement of Parliament as they were administrative in nature, but those which require legislative changes would be taken to the relevant Parliament committees for scrutiny.
On his part, Chilima said he wanted Parliament to provide oversight and act as a bridge between Parliament and the reforms commission.
He appealed to the committee to understand the reforms without coating them in politics.
This month alone, the commission has met with civil society organisations (CSOs), religious and traditional leaders to seek support and feedback on the public reforms agenda.
The reforms seek to improve efficiency in public service delivery in the country. n