The Office of the Secretary General of the governing Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) wishes to disown media reports attributing claims to Honourable Eckeleni Kudontoni that at a regional party meeting in the north he called on civil servants including Chief Executive Officers of parastatals and Malawi diplomats to support the ruling party.

Honourable Kudontoni would like to set the record straight that he understands the strong belief of the State President His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and the undertaking of the DPP to separate state functions from partisan functions to ensure professionalism in the delivery of public service in Malawi.

This is the philosophy that underlines the Malawi Public Sector Service Reforms, one of the arch programmes of the DPP administration, which seeks to ensure efficient and effective delivery of public service in Malawi as a factor for achieving social economic development in Malawi.

The Office of the Secretary General wishes to state that as Chief Executive Officer of the governing party, Secretary General Kudontoni understands that one of the variables for achieving the distance of progress in Malawi is to mark the distinction between state and party functions.

Secretary General Kudontoni believes that in stating the need for public servants to desist from indulging in partisan politics in discharging their duties and encouraging them to support the government of the day, he was misunderstood as meaning that public servants must support the ruling party.

The office of the secretary general would like to assure all public servants that the commitment of His Excellency the State President Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika and the DPP which he leads has not abrogated on its commitment to let them do their work without political interference.

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