By Winston Mwale – Africa brief.
Today, I have held interface meetings with the Minister of Homeland Security, Hon. Richard Chimwendo Banda, Minister of Local Government, Hon. Lingson Belekanyama and Minister of Justice, Hon. Titus Mvalo on the progress of reforms and proposed new areas of reform in their ministries.
I have observed that some departments in the Ministry of Homeland Security have excellent reform areas that could contribute to revenue generation while also improving service delivery.
These include plans by the Malawi Police Service to establish a commercial driving school which will generate revenue as well as contribute to road safety by training drivers. Meanwhile, the Malawi Prison Service’s agriculture programme is feeding over 13,000 inmates for five months and has the capacity to generate income as well if supported. We will step in to enhance this initiative so that in the long run prisons will be able to feed themselves without always relying on Treasury.
During the meeting, I also emphasized that at the heart of reforms in the Police service, should be to rebuild confidence and mend relations with the public to gain the lost trust from the citizenry. I also emphasized that the administration of His Excellency Dr. Lazarus Chakwera is committed to construct houses for security officers and that works must start as soon as possible.
As way forward, I will continue discussions with the Department of Immigration on passports, Malawi Police Services on several security issues as well as with the National Registration Bureau that require serious attention.