Malawi govt lays off 123 workers in embassies

Government has laid off 123 foreign staff working in Malawi foreign missions abroad, Foreign affairs officials have confirmed.

Shumba: Job cuts

Rejoice Shumba, spokesperson for the ministry of Foreign Affairs said the retrenchment of the non Malawin staff would enable the government save up to K300 million a month.

“The retrenchment process started in January and will end in March. Those who are being laid off include drivers, messengers and receptionists.

“They were getting a lot of money because they have worked for our foreign missions for a long time,” she said.

She said this means the K1.2 billion a month budget for the foreign missions will go down.

The axing of the non Malawian staff comes at a time the government has recalled almost the same number of Malawian staff working in the missions.

However most of them remain in the missions because the government has no money to bring them back home.

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14 thoughts on “Malawi govt lays off 123 workers in embassies”

  1. Jmg says:

    In ma understandin u said; it will help Mw gvt to save Mk300mill a monthly…why not use that money to bring back our local stuffs…..Yet u r stl sayin Malawi has not money to bring back those ppo…Timve ziti???

  2. Keen Observer says:

    Good move indeed.

  3. zuze dekha says:

    this what we call ideas without principles. cemwa mwacita kafukufuku before coming out with figure with all the soaring bastards and whores in our embassies? mwabadwa liti a BARBIE SHUMBA? or you are one of them like some of the PSs who are in the position and not knowing what to do . who ask the support of their dear boyfriends to sort out the job for them and share our money and bed? from way back and u come up with the crooky figure 123 ? my foot.
    we have had staff even getting nieces nephews on their line for us to pay for their expenses be it fees etc. not only that scholarships that that went to ther relatives. and also spouses to the embassies staff being employed in the office which is unheard.
    this is an ubsurd issue.

  4. Paul Njola says:

    This is a good move. We need to serve from all fronts.

  5. Kholowa mkabudula says:

    Koma abale olemba nkhaninu mumazindikila kuti zolemba zanu zimawelengedwa ndi mtundu wamunthu ulionse komanso zimasonyeza mmene mumaganizila? Lembani zomveka musasokoneze anthu mitu kuti angokulalatilanipo apa

  6. Dr Phiri says:

    It does not make sense. They are non Malawian but local staff to the countries where these embassies are located so should they be brought home? Which home are we talking about?

    1. Opinion says:

      ‘Dr’ Phiri, you have missed the point! Almost an equal number of Malawian staff to the number of foreign staff laid off has been recalled but can not be brought home because the Malawi government has no money. Is this very difficult to understand?

  7. kantama says:

    The PRO is talking sense. Indeed Malawi is spending a lot on these so called diplomats and local staff. School fees is high outside malawi and the govt has been paying to useless workers. Some are there coz of politics, only to take inventory basi koma no qualification. Some have overstayed as if they are the only ones who can do the job and yet they do simple simple things. For the locals, embassies can do with 1 driver basi and 1 messenger. Go to egypt and ethiopia offices.

  8. M'bale says:

    Malawi need to go back to basics, it will take long time for anyone to achieve anything in Malawi. Just too many crooks from the top to the bottom!! The crocks have achieved their ambition, making Malawi the poorest country in the World!! Very sad.

  9. njoya man says:

    This is the most useless pro. She is talking about something without proper figures. Don’t exaggerate the amount of saving from the retrenchment of local staff in embassies. The 1.2 billion kwacha is not a monthly wage bill for local staff but the total package associated with the retrenchment n government is failing to raise that much. This is not new it has been there for the past 5to 6 years. So Shumba or Chumba learn to have facts before cheating Malawians. It’s a pity that Ministry of FA is headed by cheats like Daliso Kabambe by virtue of Mlakho n Duncan Chione because of being a nincompoop.

  10. Richard Soko says:

    This is the end of Malawi’s diplomatic service. It is not a choice but an imperative.

  11. Dipipi was Udiefu says:

    Non Malawian staff working in our foreign missions. Malawi government does not have money to bring them back home. Their final pay packages will be more per month for the two years Muthalika will be President . Reforms I suppose. No replacements? This time it will be grandsons and Grand daughters . Malawi!

    1. Opinion says:

      The government is not trying to bring to Malawi the laid off oreign workers who have been laid off in its embassies but Malawian staff who have been recalled! This has been.written in clear and simple English. If you do not understand the message please refrain from commenting!

    2. Opinion says:

      The government is not trying to bring to Malawi the laid off foreign workers who have been laid off in its embassies but Malawian staff who have been recalled! This has been.written in clear and simple English. If you do not understand the message please refrain from commenting!

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