The country’s Vice President Saulosi Chilima has urged Principal Secretaries and heads of constitutional bodies in the country to work hard towards improving lives of ordinary Malawians.

Chilima made the remarks on Monday in Mangochi where he officially opened this year’s annual retreat for Principal Secretaries and heads of constitutional and Independent bodies.

Chilima challenged the top public servants that government and the people of Malawi have higher expectations, especially in the wake of challenges, like economic hardships.

“These challenges can be solved if all Malawians dedicate all their energies and time towards the improvement of the economy and move the people out of poverty,” said Chilima while calling on the principal secretaries to support the leadership of this country in these, “critical times,”.

He said the public service must transform into a professional, ethical, and productive and people centred.

On the current Public service reform, the vice president said the Commission which was instituted by President Mutharika has finished its work and will come up with a full report this week.

The reform is meant to make the Malawi civil service competitive and improve service delivery in the process.

The annual retreat which started on Monday is expected to run for three days and the retreat will give a chance to heads of various ministries to reflect on how government has performed and also seeks to find solution to the problems.

The Theme of the retreat is: Leading for results; The critical role of the principal Secretary/ Head of constitutional and independent bodies

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