Malawi News Agency (Lilongwe)

16 May 2014

Malawi: PP to Depoliticize Recruitment and Appointment Processes Into the Public Sector

Lilongwe — The People's Party says once voted into power on May 20, 2014 it will stop politicizing the recruitment and appointment processes into the public sector to ensure that it becomes a destination for the best and brightest Malawians.

According to the party's manifesto, PP realizes that the public sector plays a crucial role in the Government's ability to deliver services to its citizens.

However the party says the country's public sector has been characterized by underperformance, poor work-ethics, corruption, nepotism, dilapidated infrastructure, weak inter-ministerial coordination and limited exposure to Information Communication Technology (ICT).

"The contemporary public sector is not motivated, disciplined and dedicated to the course of national development. The Peoples' Party government believes that in its current form, the Malawi public sector cannot successfully drive the transformational agenda that the party has committed itself to pursue and aimed at taking Malawi to an upper middle income status.

"In order to realign the public sector with its ambitious development agenda, the PP government will conduct an extensive review of the various public sector reform initiatives that have been implemented since 1994 in order to identify lessons and challenges that can serve as the basis for a far-reaching reform initiative, develop and enforce a special leadership code for public sector managers so that they can effectively lead their operational units in the transformational agenda," reads part of the statement.

The statements further states, " Peoples' Party will develop a comprehensive performance management and reward system to ensure that public sector employees are adequately motivated and committed to the national development cause."

President Banda also promises to retool the public sector so that it is aligned with the transformation agenda and inculcate new and modern work ethics while enhancing the capacity of the public sector to offer strategic guidance on the question of development to other development stakeholders.

Furthermore PP plans to increase training opportunities and refresher courses for public sector workers and guarantee predictable careers paths and fast-track the implementation of decentralization through democratic local authorities and work to strengthen their financial, institutional, and legislative capacity.

"Recognizing previous salary increases the PP Government will establish a commission to develop a long term plan that addresses public servants remuneration and reverse the public servants pension scheme and implement the previous one," the party explains in its manifesto.

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