Don’t pressurize Chakwera on public reforms report- Independent Civil Society

By Chisomo Phiri

A grouping called Independent Civil Society(ICS) has called on various sections of the society not to pressurize President Lazarus Chakwera on matters to do with the public sector reforms.

This follows a recent call by a consortium of various organizations for Chakwera to authenticate the leaked public and civil service reforms report or risk facing unspecified actions in seven days time on the argument that it is hard for Malawians to hold authorities accountable on matters concerning the report as they are not aware of the contents.

But speaking at a press briefing held in Blantyre on Saturday, the ICS chairperson Caesar Kondowe said they have noted that the President already addressed the issues contained in the leaked document.

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He said:”The President lamented that the report was not intended for public entertainment or futile debates that generate only noise. Instead, it serves as a reference for him to engage with public institutions and officers, providing them with the necessary direction on the reforms they need to implement within their respective areas of responsibility.”

On his part, another member of the group Unandi Banda also backed the initial order that the President made for the report to be made as led by Vice President Saulos Chilima.

He said the demands are breeding a basis of a perceived disagreement between Chakwera and Chilima, which he believes are detrimental to national development.

According to Banda, Malawians must only judge the results when the President chooses to brief the nation on returns from the report.