MDAs Defy Chakwera's Directive on IPPI Projects Upload

Hesitance by the government institution's supervisors to authorize public projects  has been described as a setback to upload all the data into the Information Platform for Public Infrastructure (IPPI) according to President Lazarus Chakwera's directive.

At the launch of M1 Road construction last month,  President Chakwera who is champion for CoST Malawi, directed that all public entities managing infrastructure projects should upload their respective project data to the IPPI platform by August 31, 2022.

However, CoST Malawi Program Officer Kenneth Msisya, told Zodiak Online on Wednesday that the government entities have alot of projects in the back-end of the system, but for the unknown reasons, many controlling officers are not authorizing them to be uploaded to the front-end for the public to access.

"The major setback that we see is that there is hesitance in terms of approving the projects to appear on the platform. So we have the information in the platform which is in the Back-end, but the controlling officers are not approving those projects to appear in the Front-end," he said.

Msisya said on the day the president issued the directive as he launched the M1 Road construction, the Front-end of the system had data for 22 projects and by the close of business Wednesday, they were only 62.

Meanwhile, National Anti-Corruption Alliance Chairperson Moses Mkandawire, while condemning the defiants, said whoever is trying to sabotage the President's directive should be deemed unfit to occupy any position in government.

"When the head of state has made a directive that has to be respected by everybody at any level of government structure. And if there is somebody who would want to sabotage that directive, then that person is not fit to occupy any position. This is because what the President said is in the best interest of the citizens," Mkandawire said.

Mkandawire has since indicated that they will monitor the IPPI system and tell Malawians those frustrating the directive whose aim was to ensure transparency in the construction industry.

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