Malawi judges threaten to join judiciary strike

Malawi government has been told that judges, senior officers and magistrates will join the ongoing strike in the Judiciary unless Capital Hill address their demands on conditions of services and salary increment .

Justice Chikopa:  We will withold our labour

Justice Chikopa: We will withold our labour

The judicial officers, through a steering committee on terms and conditions of service for the Judiciary, have since written the Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC) to resolve their grievances within seven days.

Justice Lovemore Chikopa, Chairperson of Malawi Judiciary Committee on Conditions of Service said in a letter to OPC  said that failure to address their grievance, they will “proceed to withhold labour.”

Among the demands are housing, motor vehicle benefits for the judges.

“We confirm that that Government has undertaken to immediately procure a new motor vehicle for The Honourable the Chief Justice. For purposes of specificity the car is a Toyota VX V8.

“We wish to reiterate however that for those of their Lordships whose motor vehicles have clocked 150000 kilometres and reached four years Government is in so far as it has not replaced such motor vehicles in breach of Their Lordships’ terms and conditions of service. It has unilaterally decided which of those terms and conditions it will abide by and which ones it will not,” reads the letter.

“For the newly appointed Judges our position remains that they are entitled to new vehicles. Interpreting the terms and conditions otherwise will result in an absurdity which could not have been intended by the drafters of such terms and conditions,” it adds.

“The Judiciary therefore feels obliged to insist that Government complies to the letter with Their Lordships’ terms and conditions of service.”

Government authorities say the failure to increase judicial workers’ salaries this year is largely because of financial constraints, following a donor aid freeze against Malawi’s government. The freeze is a result of a government financial scandal in which more than $30 million was looted from government coffers.

Ministry of Finance spokesperson Nations Msowoya told a local radio station it is hard for the government to meet the workers’ demand.

The ongoing strike is hampering progress of trials, as court operations remain suspended.

Several trials, including those in connection with the financial scandal have been indefinitely suspended.

Police are complaining of congestion in jail cells, as no suspects are being taken to court.

Inspector General of Police Lot Dzonzi said the only option they have is “giving police bail to those with minor offenses.”

Human rights campaigners and legal experts feared the current strike is impinging on the rule of law as suspects were being remanded with no warrants extended and without a right to bail or trial.-

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47 thoughts on “Malawi judges threaten to join judiciary strike”

  1. happy mugala says:

    The judiciary is behaving like politicians who always think of there own interests. EGOISM (What matters is my own interests). There is no consideration of their friends’ wellbeing and the sources of money.

  2. Quota system says:

    Judiciary staff are well tended to with kid gloves. Already, they were at an advantage before our perks got up. Now they want to surpass us again. Yet their pace of work is so slow that remandees rot in cells. Government easily bows in to be favoured. Shame on this judiciary.

  3. mona says:

    Kubela mavoti zotsatila ndi zimenezo musova apm. Inudi 2019 simufika nanga report LA 92 billion likatuluka mudzatani maina anu nonse Ali pamenepo

  4. Wakumudzi says:

    Iweso uli chisiru wamva tazako tikululira kuti ationjedzere boma sikuti ndalama lilibe ayi uwona atipatsa ndipatikaamba ntchito

    1. Mneneli Wonyenga says:

      ukuti chyn?

  5. mjiba says:

    Very obscene demand coming from people who are supposed to understand the state of a country e economy. This is a result of govt offering different working conditions to different civil servants. harmonize all conditions of service at once wolowa ntchito ya boma aziziwa chimene akumane nacho palibe gulu lopambana potumukila anthu

    1. Wakumudzi says:

      Iweso uli chisiru tazako tikululira kuti ationjedzere boma sikuti ndalama lilibe ayi uwona atapatsa ndipatikaamba ntchito

  6. victim Chamkhuni Lwazazi says:

    Are judges better civil servants than others, say doctors, engineers, teachers, agriculturists, etc? No they should think about poor suffering Malawians, too. Judges already enjoy a lot of luxuries in the poor Malawi. Please judges, be sober and think about the national economy. You are Malawians too.

  7. moffat kuminga says:

    mukangowaonjezera agaluwo nafeso tipita pansewu.mwakula mwatha muziona

  8. JOHN says:

    let us avoid kunyozana mitundu. ife atumbuka talakwa chiyani.

  9. Gada says:

    Welcome back to Bingu days my people!! This is the government you voted for. Malawians we have not seen anything yet. The worst is yet to come. God have mercy!! Munthalika and his cronies are busy siphoning our tax money in the form of allowances. You haven’t heard the president say I will take a pay cut just to show that he is equally responsible for the tough times our country is going through. Instead he thinks every one else to tighten their belts while his is getting fatter and fatter. The judiciary should go ahead and show this moron that it takes more than greed to manage a country. His ingenious and imperiousness will not get him any where. He needs to take the advice of those who have been there and done that. The chickens have come home to roost Mr president. Welcome to reality.. You thought forcing yourself into power was a joke. I hope it keeps on pouring for you. This is the time the president needs to bring back the stashed loot held in foreign bank accounts which his brother stole from Malawians. This is the time to bring back the loyalties from Kayelekere mines. This is the cash that would have been softening the blow on our hard hit economy. But Alas the president is only concerned about his pocket and not that of the poor masses. That is the kind of president we have. The kwacha will not recover as APM is trying to make Malawians believe. In fact it will get worse. At the rate of the inflation, the kwacha will more than likely drop another 15-25%. The president needs to understand that the money stolen through cash gate during his brother’s tenure must be returned to the treasury. or at least he should accept responsibility that’s all the donors want. HE NEEDS TO OWN CASH GATE.

  10. Ulaha Observer says:

    Guys u already get huge salaries. Give chance to junior staff. U want them to be beging u always? Come on be serious

  11. Plebian says:

    Don’t blame judges here. Those that blame judges are myopic. The conditions of service were drafted to meet the needs of employees in good & bad times thus why no clause states otherwise. Mulhako ukutenga bwanji K9 million ku NAC ndi kuchitira phwando nthawi ngati yino. A TUM & MCTU mwadya masikono?

  12. Mbambadi! says:

    Truly truly mai JB analimba nozo. She was a performer-si izi tiona pano. After judges are University staff. Kaya a APM musova!! Mavoti munabera aja mumafuna zimenezi.

  13. Malawian says:

    Lawyers and judges in Malawi are always obsessed with living an extravagant life at the expense of others, poor Malawians. If you want to appreciate how our judges milk Malawi, which is a thin cow, just stand near the entrance of their chichiri offices between 7:30am to 8:30am and 4:30pm to 5:30pm. You will see most of them driving posh and big cars, whose fuel bill is also footed by Malawian tax payers, as if they do not belong to this country. I think it high time that we tell our judges that enough is enough. If they think their condition of services are poor let them resign and jobs elsewhere. It is very disheartening for these folks to demand for improved condition of services without looking at the bigger picture, being Malawi economy.

    1. Ineyo says:

      I find your taking of the matter so wanting. The issue is not that they perceive their conditions of service poor or better. The issue is government is not implementing the conditions of service as agreed by its employees, in this case, the judiciary. I find it normal and necessary for every employee demanding compliance of the employee to what conditions they agreed.

  14. Kwangwagwa says:

    Amene mukunyoza ma judges mukunama. Zimene anagwirizana polembana ntchito ndizimene majudgewo akufuna. Boma ngati linkangovomera ma condition of servicewo ndiye linayamba kulakwa ndi bomalo. Ena mukuti judge aganizire villager kaye. Nanga villageryo anaziganizira payekha. Villageryo anakonza tsogolo lake ali mwana? Paja amati konzani tsogolo.

  15. Fathara says:

    MUFUNE MUSAFUNE MALAWI AKHALA BWINO BASI MULUNGU WATHU NDIWAMOYO. INE SINDISIYA KUWALIMBISA NTIMA A MALAWI, KUWAWUZA KUTI MALAWI AKUPITA KUZISOMO POMPANO TISIMBA LOKOMA MZINA LA YESU CRISTU. MULUNGU WATHU ALINAFE NTHAWI ZONSE SAMATISIYA AMAKHALA NAFE MUNTHAWI INA ILIYONSE. AMBUYE YESU PITILIZANI KUDALISA MALAWI. ONANI SOGOLO LOKOMA LIMENE LILI PASOGOLO PATHU LOWALA LANKAKA NDI WUCHI. TIKUKU THOKOZANI YESU. ZINA LA YESU NDILOPOSA MAYINA ONSE, LILEMEKEZEKE ZINA LA YESU. PETER USADANDAULE MALAWI ADUSA MUMAVUTO ONSEWA POSACHEDWAPA, MULUNGU ALINAWE NDIPO TIKUKU PEPHELELA MUZINA LA YESU ZITHU ZILIBWINO MALAWI NDIWOWALA.

  16. The Truthful One from the West says:

    My question is why did Goodall Gondwe(or is it Peter Mutharika) leave out the judicial staff in the recent salary increase? Goodall Gondwe the incompetent Minister of Finance who is badly letting down Peter Mutharika. An able Minister of Finance cannot expect to raise adequat revenue by increasing fees and charges by over 300%.

    1. Kanthu Ako! says:

      Achitsilu inu!! Government decisions are not made by one person.

      I thought we have a budget officer, PSs, Cabinet etc, and all of them are Goodall Gondwe or Peter Muthalika?

      The budget went through parliament, you telling me no one noticed that Judicial staff were not included?

      Ask for reasons why? not blaming one person.

  17. Fathara says:

    TIYENI TILIMALIZE ZIKOLI TOKHA NDI MANJA ATHU. KOMA A MALAWI TINAKHALA BWANJI?? CHIFUKWA CHIYANI TIKUPITLIZBE KUPHA SOGOLO LA ANA ATHU?? A MALAWI KUSONYEZA KUTI SIMUKUZIWA MAVUTO AMENE ALIPO PANOPA MU ZIKO LATHU LINO?? KODI MUKUWONA NGATI MUKAMAPANGA ZIMENEZO MUKUMUPUZA PETER?? MUKUPUZA ANA ANU AMENE AKULILILA MALAWI WASOGOLO. ANTHU AMENE MUKUWONONGA MALAWI NDINU ATUMBUKA NTHAWI YANU YASALA PANG’ONO, MUZA LILILA KUWUSI SIKULINA TITAKUWUKILANI, NTUNDU WOTEMBELELEDWA INU.

  18. m'bantu says:

    it seems the judges r using juniors to achieve their selfish desires. why strikes all the time?

  19. Mavuto sawona nkhope.

  20. Padambo Njobvuyalema says:

    Poor President Mutharika! God have Mercy. From day one, all our donors said NO to any aid because of Cash-gate. The Kwacha is furiously nosediving, rendering our current national budget unattainable and sending commodity prices flying at top speed, in the process making the life of an ordinary Malawian completely miserable. And now everybody wants you to increase their salaries and wages! Understandable and justifiable as this may be but what can you do my dear President? Is this some kind of a curse on the Mutharika family? Why should you go through the same EXTRA TOUGH environment as did your late brother?
    My President, I, for one, believe something is not adding up somewhere. Why is everybody not seem to be sympathizing with you? It seems we are all placing the cash-gate blame on your shoulders instead of being patriotic to find a common stand to bear the burden together.
    How I wish our MPs who got K24m loans (with 50% of the amount as a donation from the government) could be seen to be working with you during these difficult times. On the contrary, some of them are busy in the newspapers and on the radios criticizing you for what they perceive as your incompetence and government failure. Others are so quiet leaving you to carry the burden alone yet one of the elements compounding our problems are the loan interests the government is paying to the banks for these MPs. What a pity!

  21. yaa!amene anakukuikani pampando mukuwanyozeranso!kuyipitsa mbale yodyera,a dpp mwaona!kuba sikunakuthandizeni muli mmabvuto ndikubera kwanu,mulungu siwamasewera ayi,LAPANI!

  22. Old APM says:

    Koma zirikooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  23. Chilungamo says:

    Dear Your Lordships. Thank you for your ultimatimum and wish to let you know that you can in the meantime withhold your labour as proposed because crimininals are now freelyconfessing their wrong doing through radio stations and we hope shortlly they will also start surrendering themselves to prisons. But we are looking into your concerns. We have submitted a proposal to NAC for funding and we hope to get the funding just as BEAM and Mulhakho did recently as reported by Weekend Nation. Thank you

    1. Zalewa Roadbrock says:

      @ Chilungamo. Respect to you

  24. spot on says:

    now if judges and magistrates are demanding all that,Doctors and nurses must double that,because normally thus how its supposed to be.

  25. chakufa mbeta says:

    ma judges kani nanunso mulibe zeru eti toyota landcruser v8 kuyenda makilometa 150,000 ndiyekuti boma ligule magalimoto ena, 150,000 ndiye kuti galimoto ikadali yanyuyani ka kodi inu majudge ndinu zitsilu eti mukuwona ngati kuti ndinu ofunikila zitsilu mmene ndalama zavutila mungamalakhule zopusa .

  26. kanthu says:

    No wonder we will remain poor are our judges sane or insane how can they demand such benefits when they are no ambulances in almost all hospitals

  27. honey comb Chidyauzu says:

    Wina akomoka chaka chino. H/E Dr Elson Bakili Muluzi the wise one once said running gafament is serious business not for kids. Tizione shee !!!!!!!!!

  28. kukukuki says:

    Keep on raping the economy

  29. DPPP ————-2019 WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO === MORE TO HAPPEN

  30. Zidura Ntengo Undigwere says:

    Big bosses looking out for their own interests, baasi. And nobody is even pretending to have the interests of the villager at heart.
    Malawi needs to designate some services, including the judiciary, as essential services when comes to labor disputes. The judiciary has in the past held the government for huge ransom. Not professional at all.

  31. CHIYAMBA says:

    BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE LORD OUR GOVERNMENT SERIOUSLY NEEDS OUR PRAYERS BECAUSE IT HAS SO MANY ISSUES TO HANDLE.
    TO GOVT PLEASE SIT DOWN AND SORT OUT THESE THINGS. DON’T CONCENTRATE ON ISSUES THAT WILL NOT HELP THE NATION. IF YOU MISHANDLE ISSUES NOW MORE INDUSTRIAL STRIKES ARE COMING. DOCTORS, NURSES, SECONDARY SCHOOL TEACHERS ETC ARE ON THE WAY. REMEMBER THE PRESIDENT THAT HE SHOULD NOT BE MISLED. HE IS OLD. HE NEEDS OUR PROTECTION AND GODS PROTECTION. MAY GOD GIVE HIM WISDOM BECAUSE WISDOM IS THE PRINCIPAL THING. PROV 4:7

  32. The constitution of Malawi needs to be revisited and all conditions of public servants reviewed. We cannot have a government that is run in this way where anyone can go on strike anytime they want. What does the Labor Relations Act say about strikes? Is the judiciary following the procedures laid in this Act? If any other organization decided to go on strike, the same judges will use the Labour Relations Act to declare the industrial action illegal. Who is going to declare their strike illegal? This is very unfair. The civil servants should be treat equal and not those working for commissions like Judiciary, NSTC, Parliament, Law Commission, Human Right Commission etc different from the rest different. The government is trying to bridge the gap and others are not happy. Then the nurses and teachers should have their own strikes because despite providing essenrial services to the public these workers are treated as not important at all. All these problems were started by Bakili Muluzi. Bakili planted seeds of confusion in Malawi and others are finding the going tough. This is where we need a very strong president. Peter looks to be a very playful man and we are heading for more troubles. Think about those people that have cases at the courts. Think about private lawyers who depend on the courts for a living. These strikes in the end affect many people. The judges are already enjoying good life and yet they continue to make unnecessary demands. They send support staff as their harbingers. In 2012, it was the same tactics they used. All civil servants should be treated equally.If not then we all go on strike.

  33. Corrupt Minds says:

    No wonder Malawi is not developing. Dyera a Malawi.

  34. Chinua Achebe says:

    Hahahaha Things Fall Apart when the Justice system stops functioning and is replaced by a radio station! Komatu apa things are slowly going out of control and lets hope we shall not resort to printing money to meet all these demands resulting in high inflation. Pamenepa ndiye pofunika kuonetsa utsogoleri.

  35. Alungwana says:

    There is more to come! Can Friday Jumbe and Allan Ngumuya go and get injunction pliz. Paja mumazithatu zama injunction.

  36. jedi says:

    I am beginning to suspect this is not just mere expression of grievances to get an increment but a scam to thwart progress on something else!

    Already, the Judicial staff earn 2-3 times more than similar posts in the entire civil service. If they are human, may they think of theither counter parts earn in Ministries of Health, Internal Affairs…
    Doctors, nurses, clinicians, messengers that work under the ministry of health, what about Police

  37. Bessam Kapuma says:

    Ndinu a Judiciary mudabetsa Boma kupatsa lawyer mzanu APM. Musova! !!!!!@

  38. innocent says:

    Why does the Judiciary lets us down at critical times in the country – are you not satanic? The trend of the actions has not been encouraging at all, at this point the courts can not be seen as offering solutions to Malawi and that’s why their demands appear awkward!

  39. musovenge says:

    God is watching (am surprising this mg started thru court then why chikondi cha nkhwangwa)chinthu chakuba chimazunzadi musova

  40. Zansete says:

    Mavuto,the center can not hold. Udindo wobela umatelo amati atseke spa Pena pabooka,asanatse spa penanso pabooka. Akuti professor mmmmm!

  41. Alfred Munduwabo says:

    Boma limeneli lichoke . The hands of Maxon Mbendera was to destroy Malawi. Peter was not meant to be the president of Malawi. He will not solve any national strike as far as he is concerned .

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