Government has laid off 123 foreign staff working in Malawi foreign missions abroad, Foreign affairs officials have confirmed.
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.Follow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :