Karonga DC defiantly returns to work: Malawi Police arrest striking council workers

Drama continues at Karonga District Council between the workers and the embattled District Commissioner Rosemary Moyo as the DC has refused to take 11 days forced leave given by the Ministry of Local Government claiming that she has not been communicated officially.

Police vehicle carrying workers to their station from DC's office

Police vehicle carrying workers to their station from DC’s office

Karonga council strike workers at police station

Karonga council strike workers at police station

According to Moyo who appeared into office on Monday, the reports that she is on leave are unfounded, saying she is only learning them in the media.

But her return to council prompted the irate workers to boycott the work demanding she abdicates her office.

The incident forced Moyo to call the District Police Officer In charge Edward Chingayipe to lead his men to arrest the workers claiming that their decision was against her court injunction restraining them from forcing her out.

“Am here to do my usual duties, the issue that am on forced leave is not true,” said Moyo.

Chingayipe confirmed that 42 workers have been arrested who will appear before court to answer charges of contempt of court.

“We are here to make sure that there is peace at government offices as well as to protect lives and properties so the workers do not have powers to remove the DC from her office on top of that there is an injunction restraining them not to overthrow the person in question that is why we have arrested them so that others should take a lesson,” said Chingayipe.

The Principle Secretary of the Ministry of Local Government and Urban Development Christ Kang’ombe confirmed to media that Rosemary Moyo was given a leave with effect from Monday until government sort out the issue to avoid bloodshed as the two fail to settle down the matter.

Meanwhile, the Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in the district have condemned the “arbitrary” arrest of the workers and demand their immediate release.

According to the petition signed by Karonga CSO’s Network Chairperson Yotam Kaunda, the District Chairperson of Public Affairs Committee (PAC) Rev. Lesile Mtekateka and Jabesi Nyirenda of Foundation for Community Support Services ( FOCUS) among others, the court injunction does not restrict workers from exercising a peaceful demonstration.

“As Civil Society Organizations in Karonga we have learnt with great shock that our Law enforcers are in forefront violating their law by arresting the council direct employees in the name of court injunction,” cited the petition.

“Section 38 of the republic of Malawi allows any person to express their freedom of sit in protest and demonstrate with others peacefully which was the case with the workers on top of that the injunction granted by Justice Dingiswayo Madise of Mzuzu High court does not restrain the employee to have a sit in protest, hence we demand their immediate release because what the police have done is a gross violation of human rights.”

On 24 September this year, Moyo was kicked out of her office by the irate council workers as they alleged that Moyo was responsible for their poor working conditions such as exorbitant pension deductions and delayed salaries.

Chairperson for the workers union, Bentley Chihana, alleged that since Moyo assumed the office of Karonga DC, the workers’ welfare has declined significantly.

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32 thoughts on “Karonga DC defiantly returns to work: Malawi Police arrest striking council workers”

  1. Benson T Phiri says:

    l once worked with her in zomba division office it’s the same as she’s doing there l think she has a problem anathawa ku plan MALAWI
    ku headquarters mumuona

  2. I live and work in Karonga. The question I am always asking myself is,”Why is our district always in the news for the wrong reasons?” Anyway, bola panopa tilinso ndi nkhani ya stadium, that’s the consolation. Komano zinazi tiziwone bwino, tidzitchuka ndi zinthu zabwino. Zakuti pa nkhani iyiyi wolakwa ndi ndani, apo ndikuti “No comment”.

  3. mwemweka says:

    This is totally a gender issue and I am wondering as to how the so called gender groups have decided to remain quite on the issue. Let us give the few women DCs the necessary support. Somebody is behind all this and MoLG please protect these DCs who are facing resistance from employees.

  4. Concerned citizen says:

    I personally know Mrs Moyo. She has a masters, is trustworthy and hard working. What nonsense is going on in Karonga? Who is behind it? It must be crooks who cannot get their crooked ways. No wonder we don’t develop. What has happened to the women rights group Why are yyouall quiet when a major injustice is taking place before all our eye. Give us the facts here.

  5. Bwigane michael says:

    If justice fails, use power to oust hr. Go bina karonga go. Ba police aba boba dogo. Linga mama uyu okakamila muleka mphomutumila njuchi. Muye myeee!!

  6. Malawian says:

    Most DCs who were promoted by Joyce Banda, through the so called Mr. Makileni, are experiencing problems because they do not have the requisite experience and qualifications to became DCs. Most of them were promoted because of other factors not related with competency. Karonga is not the only region such things are happening like wild fire, I also held about the Ntchisi fiasco which smells the same as Karonga.

  7. dodolido says:

    haha police man are hunting pipo panyasaland Ali mwana agwirise ,ntchito ikuwakanika koma kusodola ndiye eeeeeeee mpaka police Ku border inasamukira pa songwe bridge office anatseka ndikumalanda anthu ma handed kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk shame on u policeman!

  8. ROBERT Matope says:

    DC Moyo is a mad person. I can not believe a normal person can behave like that. The Ministry of Local Government should not entertain such kind of people who can not listen to others. This is a problem of recruiting mahule. Even our courts should not be giving out court injunctions anyhow . Malawi shall never develop if we allow ourselves in such kind of behaviours. Moyo come back to your former school and teach. You were wrongly employed by Ministry of Local Government. Do not be cheated by other DCs who are always taking court injunctions. Those are DCs who will never be respected in life. Moyo you have failed to work in Karonga and leave peacefully. Police in karonga will not help you but destroy you.

  9. KARU UNITED says:

    Nanunso, akungokugwirani ngati mbewa? Mumaziyambiranji? Njoka amaiponda ku mchira? Typical of Malawians, we are never serious in everything we do, cowards.

  10. Pan_Nyasa says:

    Unless the Chewas,Tumbukas,Yaos
    & Lomwes as our Major Tribal
    entities in Malawi;Put an End to
    their unbridgeable selfishess &
    jealousy towards one another,Our
    nation will ultimately perish in
    the midst of our current
    shameless record_breaking status
    in This world.

  11. ndadabwa says:

    this government is indeed dead and peter mutharika is also dead. he is just a leader of gangsters

  12. ndadabwa says:

    a chingaipe ndinu a chitsiru thats why you cant even afford to buy your pwn under wear. a police agalu achabe chabe, akupha, akuba

  13. mphatso says:

    how can DC workers look like anthu a ganyu?this is pathetic i mean look at their attire and the way they look.we need SWAGG in our office workers please anthunso amete tsisi bwino lomwe ngati adapita kusukulu a amalawi chonde

  14. kambuta says:

    Agalu inu a tribalism……chokani,.. apa ife we want united Malawi..

  15. maison says:

    PLEASE MY FELLOW MALAWIANS,I BEG LETS HELP ROSE MOYO IN KARONGA. HER LIFE IS IN DANGER. THAT DC WILL BE MOB JUSTICE ANY TIME FROM NOW BY TUMBUKAS. LETS ACT NOW. HOW WOULD YOU FEEL IF YOU WERE TO BE THE ONE FACING THAT? I AM TOLD ROSE HAS STARTED IMPLEMENTING REFORMS AND THE PEOPLE ARE NOT HAPPY. WHY ONLY AMONG THE TUMBUKAS?

  16. Mfumu-ya-Luntha says:

    Wachuruka apa ndi umbuli! The reasons being advanced by the workers as the reasons for kicking out the DC are laughable and saddening to be coming from people who profess to be knowledgeable. How can you accuse the DC for causing high pension deductions and delayed salaries? Is the DC the one who computes salaries from which pension deductions arise? Does it mean that Karonga DC workers are paying more pension contributions than their counterparts in the entire civil service? On the issue of delayed salaries, do these workers understand that salaries are paid centrally by government and not at District level? So how is the DC responsible for delayed salaries?

    There is a bigger issue here than what is being perpetrated by these shameless workers.
    Either mafana mukuba cash and DC wayitulukira and watseka ziboo zonse, or else you are too daft and you dont know how employment rules work.

  17. sokonombwe says:

    A letter to all Chewas.

    The Tumbukas have started chasing Chewas from north. Then what are doing? Do you mean all Tumbukas in the offices in central region are doing good jobs. Please reveange immediately for this Mchewa Rose Moyo to survive in north. Otherwise she can be killed by these thugs/tumbukas. Do something now. If we were the Lomwe by now all Tumbukas in south could have packed by now. Human beings are full of errors.After all these are all juniors. Juniors can not put the life of CEO like that. No. Do something. Achewa ndi mtundu woputsa zedi mMalawi muno. Atumbuka amupute Mlomwe adzawaziwa a Lomwe. Mumangomva mwena. Munthu wa mayi kumufinya mpaka pamenepo. A mabungwe onse muli du. Where Timothy Mtambo? Why not acting? Where is Ema Kaiya? Why being quite? Act. Our friend Rose is in trouble. Akamupha musazabwebwetenso ayi.

  18. CITIZEN says:

    YOU JUST READ ON PAPER & OTHER MEDIA OUTLETS. COME & SEE ON THE GROUND KARONGA DIRECT WORKERS ARE PLUNDERS,HATERS & DESTROYERS

  19. OBSERVER says:

    THE DIRECT WORKERS ARE THE ONES CAUSING PAIN ON THEMSELVES BECOZ THEY STEAL ALMOST HALF OF THE REVENUE ON A DAILY BASIS. THE FIGURES DECLARED AT THE COUNCIL IS LESS & ALWAYS CONSTANT. I APPEAL TO OUR COUNCELLORS TO TAKE A STAND AGAINST THE DIRECT WORKERS THEFT STYLES. THE AR PAID LATE COZ THEY SYPHOON MUCH & GENERATE LESS. KARONGA IS A BUSINESS DISTRICT WITH A LOT OF ACTIVITIES BUT REVENUE IS THE SAME DAY IN & DAY OUT. LET KARONGA HAVE AN INTERNAL AUDITOR. THESE WORKES HAVE BUILT MASIONS & THEY OPERATE BIG BUSINESSES. THERE IS MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE.

  20. My Haphazard Government says:

    The police action is laughable and demonstrates high handedness and total ignorance of how contempt of court proceedings ought to proceed. the police have put the cart before the horse. If I may ask, was the injunction directed at the workers or councillors and was it served on them?

    They must urgently liase with the Attorney General otherwise we will have to compensate these workers for infringing on their rights to liberty and freedom of assembly, opinion etc.

  21. Moses Makoko says:

    Guys nkhani izi zatikwana! Do we have a government in this country? Where is the minister responsible for this? You mean you are failing to find a permanent solution to this issue? This is a dead government.

  22. F chibwe says:

    Tribalism is at play. Safuna moyo poti ndi mchewa. Tiyeni nafenso tithamangitse ankhonde onse kuno

  23. chizamsoka munthali says:

    Council yonse yinawola katangale thoo, Rosemary Moyo akufuna akonze komanso athetse katangale inu mbava mukumusemela nyau, Ndalama za stadium munadya Ndalama zomangila new slaughter house munadya, madam wakufufuzani mwati mumusowetse, mpaka messenger kugula canter kumanga nyumba katangale wapa council yimeneyi. Long live madam Rosemary Moyo uproot corruption at your office we are with you in prayers asakuwopseze ndiufiti wawo

  24. mulopwana says:

    watsala APM TSANU TSANU

  25. Fya! says:

    This issue has taken unnecessarily long to be resolved. The Ministry of Local Government, Council Director of Administration and other Secretariat Directors, Sector Heads, OC, Civil Society Organisations (few leaders, Rev. Mtekateka and others), selected chiefs, council chair Mr. Kishombe and other influential leaders, with representation of workers should meet and map the way forward. Arresting workers is not solving a problem. This can be looked at as “problem solving” but on the other hand this may fuel extreme anger. Both the welfare of the DC and the workers should be looked into and have a positive resolution where both parties should benefit. If this fails, the Ministry should transfer the DC. Let the workers have peace of mind and the same should apply to the DC. Let us pray so that God intervenes instantly.

    Thank you Tiwonge Kumwenda for the article.

  26. pido says:

    you TUMBUKAs why are you victimizing the lady DC, Cholinga chanu mukufuna DC ameneyu akachoka muziba mwaufulu. Atumbuka ndinu opusa kwambiri.

  27. Mbiyazodooka says:

    Enough of this Karonga DC issue. The problem with Malawian workers is that they like bosses who dish out allowances even where they are not warranted. Any boss who tries to instill discipline and prudent financial controls is deemed a bad boss. This explains why we cant develop as a country.

  28. Nyapapi says:

    Please Tumbukas leave Rose Moyo alone. I think she has learnt a lession, a bitter one for that matter. She will start addressing your concerns. we dont need somebody to lose life here. You are all Malawians. The same problem do exist in other districts and I dont know why you are blaiming the DC for council’s failure. Is the office of DC directly linked to management of council? Please Tumbukas, you are learned people and find a means to act so as Rose and you the workers should meet at the middle while smiling. Not what you are doing.

  29. Mo says:

    This gal is a disgrace to our country and that someone somewhere is harvesting her god given fruit so that she treats pipo of the north like this,guys if someone behaves in away we don’t like in our country lets deal with that person accordingly,Moyo it’s time you walk out before your own Chindindi kkkkkkkkk

  30. NKANDO KHWISA NCHILAMWERA THEKERANI NTAMBANYAMA LOMORA NSANJE BALAKA NKOPE DWAMBAZI LUWAZI NYUNGWE KAPORO ULIWA LUVWERE says:

    THIS IS INTIMIDATION ON THE PART OF WORKERS

    THEY NEED TO BE HEARD
    WHERE IS EMPLOYER /EMPLOYEES RIGHT
    BILL ???

  31. Nyachikadzi says:

    U think these people were stealing governments money and do not seem to be happy with the new DC because their plans have been quashed.

  32. Professor Linton Pamberiii says:

    Anthu aku Karonga zalowa tsankho. Tikuthamangitsirani a tumbuka anzanu working here in southern region

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