5 Pillars of the UTM Government

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Mindset Change

Transforming our mindset Within the first 100 days, we will institute a new corporate culture in public service – a culture characterised with hard work, foresight, think big, honesty and accountable

Promote ethics, responsibility and ambition among citizens

Implement reward and sanctions scheme for good performance and bad performance respectively in public service 

Implement meritocracy in recruitment and performance based promotion

Leadership & Governance

Accountability and transparency will be a norm and not exception. We have put effective mechanisms of enforcing accountability by the Presidency, ministries, departments and agencies

We will uphold supremacy of institutions and systems over personality.  

We will guarantee operational independence of institutions such as ACB, Directorate of Public Prosecution, Malawi Police Service, Financial Intelligence Unit, Malawi Revenue Authority, Malawi Broadcasting Corporation and all others.

The United Transformation Movement will never be safe haven for criminals as is the case now in which people under criminal investigation defect to ruling party and the investigation stops immediately.

We will offer leadership characterised with foresight, great ambition and results oriented

We will be root out corruption in all its forms and at all levels of governance

Economic Management

This will be approached from three fronts:

Fiscal policy management
Effective and growth enhancing tax revenue collection, prudent spending and allocative efficiency

Improve fiscal efficiency by investing in cost-saving areas (such as more office buildings to reduce rental bill) and reviewing some policies (Fleet Management policy is one of them)

Monetary policy management
Ensure monetary policy is relevant to the needs of Malawi economy

Private sector development
We will address infrastructure needs; cost of and access to finance, regulation and standards, and strengthen markets and access to external markets

Public Service Management

We will approach Public Service Management by focusing on the following:

Ensure adequate healthcare workers, teachers, agriculture extension workers and other professions

Reorganise the civil service by ensuring appropriate balance of personnel between support/administrative functions (secretaries, messengers, drivers etc) and service delivery functions (teachers, health care workers etc)

Facilitate devolution of human resource in local councils

We will introduce career diplomacy so that embassies and High Commissions are headed by professionals not political sympathisers.

We will depoliticise the public service to make it professional, efficient and effective 

Public Service Delivery

Within 5 years, we promise the following:

  • No child will learn under a tree or a poorly constructed school block
  • No child will drop out of school (secondary and university) for lack of school fees
  • Every health facility will have full staff establishment, medical supplies and equipment
  • Every household will have access to safe drinking water 
  • Electricity blackouts will be history within first year in government 
  • Cities will have improved sanitation, street lights and paved roads
  • More Malawians will live in decent and permanent houses of their own
  • Farmers will have their income increased through improved prices
  • Women will no longer carry water buckets and other stuff on the head

Transforming our Agriculture

Our overall aim will be to address food and nutrition insecurity, increase agricultural exports, promote agro-processing and value addition

  1. Optimise the principle of comparative advantage by supporting a district anchor program on a product with high value chain
  2. Strengthen extension service provision, research and development and environmental management
  3. Connect smallholder farmer cooperative to readily available markets both locally (using deliberate policies that provides for cooperatives to supply hospitals, schools/colleges, prisons, etc)
  4. Undertake reforms at ADMARC for the institution to effectively and efficiently facilitate agricultural marketing and reduce fiscal burden – e.g. ensure ADMARC is amongst the first to start buying produce from farmers using government recommended prices to minimise predatory purchasing by unscrupulous buyers. 
  5. Undertake reforms on the Farm Input Subsidy Program (FISP) to ensure better targeting and equitable growth among poor households in the rural areas
    Procure latest mechanised farm machines (e.g. tractors and threshing machines) and promote usage amongst small holder farmers and cooperatives/clubs

Reforming the Health and Population Sector

Our overall aim will be to address risk factors that cause diseases, provide quality healthcare to the sick and improve health status of Malawians

  • Faithfully implement the 2017-2022 health sector strategic plan
  • Reduce drug pilferage through reforms such as tracking done by Central Medical Stores Trust and applying stiff penalties on anyone found selling government drugs and medical supplies
  • Continue with incentive schemes (i.e existing 52% salary top up for medical doctors) and extend it to nurses and midwives in hard to reach areas (remote areas)
  • Work towards even distribution of health care workers in rural and urban areas by applying incentives to those working in rural areas (this will be harnessed by full devolution of human resource as councils will directly recruit personnel)
  • Connect all health facilities to electricity- solar for health centres in rural areas
  • Scale up palliative care for people living with HIV, continue aggressively with the ART program and mandate every health facility to scale up Home Based Care (a concept in which community members volunteer and are given basic training to provide care to the sick, encourage patients to take medication, refer chronically ill patients to health facilities)

Housing transformation

Our overall aim will be to bring supply of houses close to demand for houses, increase percent of home ownership, increase percent of permanent houses, transform informal settlement areas and reduce cost of living by providing low cost quality housing.

  • Empower Malawi Housing Corporation to levy cost reflective rentals (implement its reforms) so it is able to maintain and build more houses
  • Transform informal settlement areas by constructing low cost and quality houses (e.g highrise apartments)
  • Reintroduce home ownership scheme to civil servants of all grades
  • Scale up the Cement and Malata subsidy program by removing middle players. Beneficiaries will receive a voucher and buy materials from shop at subsidised price. This will reduce cost of the program

Transforming our Education System

Overall aim will be to restore quality and public trust in government schools. To ensure that no learner or student drops out of school for lack of schools fees

  • Provide adequate teaching and learning materials
  • Improve pupil to teacher ratio to reach standard 60:1 in 80% of schools within 5 years (through recruitment of additional teachers, redeployment of existing teachers, retraining of officers in support functions as said already and devolution of human resource in councils)
  • Design mechanisms to increase girls progression to secondary and tertiary levels and in doing so improve the Gender Parity Index in training 
  • Abolish quota system of selecting students to public universities and construct more universities so that every qualifying student goes to university
  • Scale up bursary scheme for needy students in secondary schools
  • Recruit teachers with good grades on their Malawi School Certificate of Education (a minimum of strong credits in mathematics, sciences and English) for primary schools
  • Strengthen inspection of teachers by their supervisors
  • Make public universities more stable and sustainable financially, 
  • Review governance structure of public universities to make them more autonomous
  • Ensure universities have stable academic calendars by seeking ways of reducing staff-management and student-management disputes
  • Strengthen the Higher Education Grants and Loans Board so it is able to cover more students in need

Job activation and creation

Overall aim is to create one million jobs within first year in government through activating existing dormant jobs, reduce under employment and create new jobs

  • We will fix leakages in the economy and address economic challenges to enable the economy grow and employ additional people
  • We will set up factories for making fertiliser, rubber, pharmaceuticals ad paper. Apart from creating jobs this will also improve the balance of payments 
  • We will promote youth cooperatives to engage in strategic areas such as cement block manufacturing for construction of public infrastructure, afforestation, fisheries, etc
  • We will effect discount on corporate tax to companies with expansion plan that will result in additional recruitment
  • We will scale up investment in public infrastructure that are labour intensive in order to spur employment
  • We will improve labour productivity in agriculture which is at US$170 per hectare compared to SADC average of US$350 per hectare. Farmers will therefore earn more than double from their produce by strengthening markets and connecting farmers to existing structured markets like ADMARC, Auction Holdings Commodity Exchange. 
  • We will leverage on existing structures and market treaties under the World Trade Organisation’s General Agreement on Trade in Services on export of natural persons especially in artisans and skilled professions in areas where we have or can produce surplus labour.

Transforming Our Public Infrastructure

Overall aim is to increase, modernise and prioritise public infrastructure, that has high development and social returns. We will approach public infrastructure to include transport, buildings, ICT infrastructure

  • We will faithfully implement the Malawi National Transport Plan
  • We will construct 2 office buildings in capitol hill within 5 years to reduce rental bill government pays (currently annual rental bill for office and houses for senior officials is around K9 billion)
  • We will introduce trams in cities and medium speed train between Blantyre and Lilongwe
  • We will promote tourism to support air transport
  • We will give autonomy and financial capacity to local councils in lakeshore districts to own and operate modern boats as part of locally generated revenue
  • We will oversee implementation of reforms for Airports Development Limited

Energy and water utilities Transformation

  • Roll out the Independent Power Producers reform by addressing bottlenecks including tariff liberalisation
  • Speed up processing of investor application in energy just as in other sectors (already so many interested investors who are frustrated)
  • EGENCO and ESCOM to operate free of undue political interference
  • Reduce non-revenue water to 20% and below within 5 years to enable water boards collect more revenue from water they produce
  • Empower utility parastatals to collect revenue from any person and institution. Currently, utility companies including MHC are owed a lot of money by politically connected individuals and some government institutions)
  • In short and medium term, we will import electricity from neighbouring countries
    Gender Equality, Child Development and Support to the Elderly
  • Overall aim is to make a society in which men, women, boys and girls have equal opportunities to develop capabilities, self-esteem, do business, get a job, compete for positions and be promoted. 
  • We will take affirmative action on appointments, recruitment and promotion, business award and competing for elected positions
  • We will roll out adoption and use of handcart technologies to ease the burden of carrying water buckets and other stuff on the head 
  • Recognising the importance of early childhood development in building cognitive development, we will ensure every primary school has an Early Childhood Development Centre attached to it
  • The elderly who constitutes about 3% of total population will be beneficiaries of Malata and Cement subsidy to ensure they have decent house
  • Government will ensure children and the elderly have sufficient protection from abuse by strengthening public security system and also elevating the status of the elderly and children.

Transforming Our National Security

Overall aim is to make Malawi safe, secure for everyone , business, property and assets. Institutions responsible are MDF, MPS, RBM (FIU), MRA

Malawi Defence Force

  • Well-equipped and mordernised military
  • Greater participation in peace keeping missions
  • Greater involvement in national building through its Engineering department

Malawi Police Service

  • Reduce incidence of road transport through reforms at DRTSS, civic education of road users
  • Engage in Public Private Partnership to have a towing company that removes break down vehicles on road
  • Prevent illegal immigrants let alone issuance of passport to foreigners who have not met the requirements of the law
  • Control smuggling of round wood, ivory, agricultural produce
  • Control trafficking oh humans and drugs
  • Protect human, livestock and property

Reserve Bank of Malawi and Malawi Revenue Authority

Prevent and Control illegal externalisation of foreign exchange, money laundering and cyber-crimes related to financial transactions.

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