Malawi’s 170, 000 civil servants have been given a long holiday starting from December 24 to January 4. They will only report for duties on January 7.
A statement from the Office of the |President and Cabinet (OPC), signed by chief secretary Bright Msaka, says the President has granted the holiday “to allow civil servants sufficient time to celebrate the Christmas and New Year festive season with their families.”
But those who provide emergency and essential services such as medical, security and immigration will not break during the festive season, the OPC said.
“In this regard, Controlling Officers of such Ministries or Departments are required to make appropriate arrangements to ensure that such civil servants who shall work during this period are allowed leave of absence from duty for an equivalent number of days in the course of the New Year,” says the statement.
It advises that the President’s special dispensation to civil servants is not a declaration of Public Holidays in Malawi in respect of the days in question.
While wishing all civil servants a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, President Banda urges them to take care during the festive period and to avoid situations and activities which would jeopardize their safety and well being or that of other members of the public.
With the declaration it would mean that government will save millions of Kwacha as all government vehicles would be grounded and money meant for allowances saved.
Malawi government has embarked on an economic recovery plan.