BY ISAAC SALIMA:
Chief Director of Public Sector Reforms Management in the Office of the President and Cabinet, Seodi White, has said public reforms are there to make an impact on lives and are not a public stunt.
White said this in Blantyre on Monday when she opened a two-day reforms implementation conference for councils. It brought together council officials from the Southern Region.
White said despite people casting doubts over implementation of the reforms since they were transferred from the office of the Vice President last year, the situation is different on the ground.
“What I can tell you is that reforms are not about razzle-dazzle. No-one should tell you that ‘this is how we do reforms’ because reforms are about pushing paper to pen, engaging, following up with different stakeholders so that, at the end of the day, people should see a change. It is not about standing on the mountain and say ‘we are doing reforms’, that is cheap public stunt,” White said.
She said the reforms are on track in different public sectors.
Acting Director of Planning and Development at Machinga District Council, Mbawaka Mwakhwawa, said the district is on track in implementing the reforms despite facing other challenges.
Government introduced the reforms in 2015 and in 2016 President Peter Mutharika approved the reforms for the district councils.