SKC cancels Mzuzu trip over COVID-19


State Vice President Saulos Chilima has postponed until further notice a meeting on public sector reforms scheduled to take place in Mzuzu on Monday July 13, 2020.

The Vice President's spokesperson, Pilirani Phiri, says in a statement released on Sunday that the meeting which was expected to bring together Heads of Parastatals, Directors of Finance, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Mzuzu City Council and all District Councils in the North, has been cancelled in adherence to new guidelines to fight escalating COVID-19 cases.

Phiri says they are well aware that the Mzuzu meeting would have attracted more participants considering that all Northern Region based district councils, parastatal CEOs and their Directors of Finance were expected to attend.

“The postponement is in line with a COVID-19 situation update released by government which states that owing to the escalation of infections and deaths due to COVID-19, there is need to implement stricter measures to contain the spread of the coronavirus in cities, towns, municipalities and communities throughout Malawi,” reads the statement in part.

On Friday the government announced new measures aimed at fighting further spread of COVID-19 by among others regulating meetings and workshops indicating that only those related to COVID-19 are permissible or those approved by District Commissioners or Chief Executive Officers.

Chilima who is also Minister of Economic Planning and Development and Public Sector Reforms, has already held similar meetings in the Central and Southern Regions where he wants to appreciate the implementation of the reforms.

On Saturday, Chilima’s motorcade on his return from the Blantyre assignment was involved in a road accident where four people who were traveling in a Toyota Vitz registration number BW 8173 died after the vehicle collided head-on with one of the cars on the convoy, Toyota Land Cruiser registration number BW 1732.