Hon. Eisenhower Mkaka M.P., Minister of Foreign Affairs, had his first meeting with senior and middle management at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on 17th July 2020. These are heads and senior officers of various departments in the Ministry.

In his introductory remarks, Hon. Mkaka underlined the value of servant leadership and expressed his willingness to receive counsel from the technical experts as he provides the leadership at the Ministry which he dubbed, “the face of Malawi”.

After the 9 departmental heads briefed the Minister on their work, and immediate plans, Hon. Mkaka invited the heads to embrace the five pillars (Servant Leadership, unity, prosperity for all, ending corruption and respect for the rule of law) of the new Government in order to work towards building a new Malawi.

He said it is his wish that the technocrats should fully support and implement the Malawi Foreign policy in unison with the Tonse Alliance Agenda with more focus on the five pillars for the growth of the Ministry and development of the country.

The middle managers expressed the neeed for full operationalisation of career diplomatic service in the Ministry. This approach will ensure institutional memory, improved performance, service delivery, efficiency and effectiveness at all levels.

Other officers decried about staying at one position for instance over 10 years without promotion which ultimately affects performance.

In response, Hon Mkaka assured the officers of a fully fledged diplomatic service. He said diplomacy is a profession and should not be interfered with politics and that is why the new Administration will promote career diplomatic service. He hinted that through parliament they will table a bill to guide implementation of career diplomatic service.

The Minister also promised to ensure that the working conditions in the Ministry are conducive and satisfactory to everyone.

However, the Honourable Minister warned the civil servants to be professional in order to help His Excellency Dr. Lazarus Chakwera 's Government realise its vision. "We will not victimise anyone because of their political orientation but if your political affiliation is a stumbling block to the delivery of your duties and development of this country, be assured that you will not be tolerated", Mkaka said.

Hon Mkaka will, among other duties, meet Professional Officers at entry level and other Junior Officers at the Ministry on 20th July 2020.