Staff protest National Bus Company decision to transfer them to Mulli Brothers Ltd

National Bus Company (NBC) has transferred about 15 of its staff to Mulli Brothers Limited (MBL) at Chigumula, but the staff are contesting the decision, which they have described as “unfair” and “unreasonable”.

 Mulli: Staff  tranfered to his company

Mulli: Staff tranfered to his company

According to them, NBC and MBL are two different institutions and the former is not a subsidiary of MBL.

The disgruntled employees have been transferred from National Bus Company to Chigumula, Mulli Brothers Head Office effective February 23 2015 and they were served with letters on February 22.

“I wish to inform you that the exigencies of duty require that you be transferred from National Bus Company to Chigumula Mulli Brothers, Head Office.

“If you need any further clarification regarding this matter please contact the undersigned or the Group Human Resource Manager for Mulli Brothers,” briefly reads the letters dated February 23 2015 and signed by NBC General Manager, a B. Namata.

The letters were also copied to MBL’s Group Human Resources and Administration Manager and NBC Human Resources and Administration Manager.

When Nyasa Times visited NBC premises to get hold of Namata on the matter, his secretary, who even declined to provide her name and contact details, said the General Manager was busy and promised to come back to this reporter, but she did not and days have gone without a word from her on the matter.

But some of the disgruntled employees alleged that the decision is aimed at “doing away with them” considering that the bus company is operating on losses.

The company had a fleet of over 50 buses, but only nine are running a mid huge competition from other players in transport trade.

“The decision is a systematic way of terminating our services. They have targeted individuals seen to causing trouble at the company,” said one of the employees, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Others alleged that NBS will “soon close shop” because of bad policies and “inhumane behavior” of Leston Mulli, Managing Director of Mulli Brothers Group of Companies.

Mulli is said to be the Chairperson of NBC and has more shares in the company, which was formed after the dissolution of state-owned Shire Bus Lines.

“Leston Mulli is one person who does not have respect for others; he doesn’t take advice from his own managers, who always tremble with fear upon seeing their Managing Director because of his bad mouth,” said another employee.

They also claimed that staff at Mulli Brothers at Chigumula have gone for nine months without salaries, but they are failing to press for their pay in fear of being “whipped” and “fired”.

“Mr Namata declined to comment on the matter not because the issues we have raised are untrue, but he is equally afraid of being lambasted by Mulli,” claimed one employee when it was put to them that Namata has ‘declined’ to comment.

While Mulli could not pick phone when contacted on Monday.

Most of the transferred staff are motor vehicle mechanics, drivers, cashiers and conductors, among others.

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47 thoughts on “Staff protest National Bus Company decision to transfer them to Mulli Brothers Ltd”

  1. Gracey says:

    A Malawi tiri ndi vuto tikalemela anthu onse amakhala zitsiru ndipo tikamaoma enafe timaombera mmanja koma ena akuvutika.Chidule ndichakuti anthuwo akuwopa khalidwe loyipa lawolo.

  2. kanchenga. says:

    9 months no pay. No Mulli you made a mistake. When a worker accept to work even for one month without pay just know he is overpaying himself. A house boy is helping himself to your wife. The house girl has become a mistress. In all these cases it is the employer who loses. Fellow Malawians anybody who offers free services is dangerous. They need to eat and have shelter. Who do you think will provide these. After they have stolen from you or enjoyed your wife you will still have to pay them their dues.

  3. Jack Ruby says:

    During the Bingu era I didnt like Mulli,he had a lot of businesses and he wanted to run everything, he had a clothing factory,rice Milling,Chombe/Tambala foods,Chalk factory in Mapanga just to mention a few,and people were not getting paid on time but there was free transport to and from work,when he got squeezed by JB he closed some of his businesses and now I realise Mulli was and is a good man,he created jobs,ask Business people in Chigumula, Bvumbwe,Mapanga and Machinjili,things are not the same we are talking of simple business like Thobwa,Mandasi,Taverns,Bottlestores,Prostitutes,Groceries etc,,..its not the same as before

  4. ochewa says:

    Better tan being fired. I wonder why these employees are urguing. Just appreciate the good work otherwise akanakuuzani to pack u and go.

  5. Jack Ruby says:

    They should be happy that their jobs are safe or at least they will be getting paid,most bus companies are operating on losses even mini buses,remember we used to have Yanu Yanu,Tuwiche,Jakumusi,Chagunda minibus,Jajucha,Musadodome,Likoma Boys,Nyadilani?where are they now?try and you will get the answers ,eveen trucks from UK were all over but how many do you see running

  6. Ngiyakufisela ntcheu says:

    I am no lawyer but I understand in such circumstances (transferred between 2 companies), they should be paid their dues in the National Bus Co, first before taken on board the other company. Mulli akuthawa, he probably knows this.

  7. wawaruh says:

    nyasaland, dziko la mabwana ozelezeka.

  8. Chendele says:

    cause poor governance of NBL other shareholders like simama raised concerns some time back.

  9. Phsyatangu says:

    Mulli amatukwana ndi kukwapula anthu akalakwitsa ndipo ndinkadabwa nthawi ya amai akumati Mulungu,Mulungu zaziiiiiiiii. Kutukwanatu ,mwina timunvetsetse ngongole zikumuzunguza mutu.kikkkkkkkkk

  10. dreamteam says:

    If the employees do not want to go where there services are needed why not just resign and move on. They have not been paid for 9 months because the company is making losses and is about to close shop. And they complain when some one offers them a place where they will have a meaningful future. Please resign – seriously Muli maybe a bad person but some of these stupid employees are quite ungrateful.

  11. Mahikili says:

    Munthu oipa uyu Mulli wa Nsanje yosakhala bwino

  12. mboba says:

    9 .months without pay I can’t and its very shameful bola kumangokhala kunyumba.kungomva kuti ntchito sindingachite bwana otukwana mulli

  13. musisipala says:

    Muli wanted to own everything in Malawi . Look at brick fences on plots all over the country. We told him that too much is poisonous. Nothing will succeed with this Mulli. Wagwa nazo

  14. Malawimabvuto says:

    But if Mulli can really buy MBS then all women in the bank his wives and just ask NBS Oh! almost all beautiful ones in many branches WADYAMO.

  15. Taweni says:

    Does National Bus not belong to the Govt Private Partnership. Where is the shareholding of the Malawian people? Did the majority shareholder buy the rest of shares?

    If not then this is a job for the PPP Authority to investigate.


  16. matin Saidi says:

    This is bull shit,so called Mullins miyenzi 9 osalipila,anthu ndiye anthunu,mungodikila anzakulipilani liti. Mbunzi za anthu

  17. malawian says:

    vuto la kumalawi amona ngati kuyendetsa boma ndikulima chimanga chambili basi.

  18. Tasiyana says:

    ATUMBUKA simuzatheka nkaona munthu wankulu mimba aliyense amakhala ntumbuka dyeraaah! ndiye malo momanenepa thupi lonse mukungonenepa mimba basi;>IDIOTS! Mupite ku Chigumula kwa Mulli apo biii pack ur things and leave! pokuthamangisilani pamasowa uku nkuyamba simunati mwatikwanako kuno ndipo osakhazikisa company yama Bus kwanuko bwanji?mxiiiiiiii

  19. Nkhombokombo says:

    The biggest problem is not Muli but our governments failure to create jobs. People are forced to pick up any trash because they don’t have any choice on job opertunities. Muli as he’s bad doesn’t care who complains or not. 50 people being transfered! To where? Head office? To pick tea? Maboza amenewa, 11 months without pay awaiting these guys, they are not going to be productive.

  20. Achimidzimidzi says:

    You’re being redeployed and reassigned new jobs.

    A Lomwe style. I used to see this in government.

  21. Munyeehulhe says:

    If one wants to experience what I can call “modern slavery” then must try work for MBL and its so called subsidiaries. I do wonder why government through labour ministry never visited and silence these companies owned by this mafia called Mulli?

    What its staff knows is starting time of work which is at 06:30 but they don’t know what exact time for knocking off especially when Mulli is around. They use to be insulted, shouted and harassed and bullied by the top management without any say. There is no any single staff freedom at these companies. Mark my words if I say its Modern slavery at its best.

    There is no pension scheme, no pay slips and most of the time, their salaries used to come at night and in cash/change.

    The company live on miseche (gossips and hearsays) staff are not employed on merit. Its all but cheap labour no wonder, they can live for 7 months without any pay. Where can they go?

    Nanga ndatukwana apa????

  22. mdala says:

    Vuto la amalawi katangale, kuteroko iwo kumapeza phindu eni kampani osapindula. Management ikati titseke kampani ayi, ayi akudziwa kuti asowa posolola lero akuti transfer akukana. Ena ngati m’madana ndi Bigman Mulli musaphatikize ndi nkhaniyi chifukwa management ndikuyesayesa kodi anthuwa inde atisosola ndiye tiwatani?

  23. Nowa says:

    9 months without pay? ndiye ntchito akuchotsakaletu

  24. cbk says:

    guys pitani kwa muliko komano zikapondapondani mpaka mupeze.muli ndi owasamala ambili.awowo omakhala 9month no salary anazolowela nkhaza za muli waoyo.ali pheee amadya chani kaya?machende anu.

  25. Comred Brigadier says:

    Muli amalemba mbuli za STD 8 and JC ncholinga azizitere

  26. Kadakwiza says:

    Nthawi yakwana kuti mu Tumbuka alamulire dziko la Malawi. Apo ayi a Malawi tizibvuti chonchi. Ntchito zake zimenezi chonchi sikupepela uku? A Malawi ganizani bwino, nthawi yakwana tsopano kuti tiyetse atumbuka kuti alowe mu boma. Tinali ndi mu chewa (Kamuzu) zaka 30, ndi uyu anakanika. Tinali ndi mu yao (Bakili) anakanika. Ndikubwera uyu mu lomwe (Bingu) adalepheranso naye inu. Ndikubwera a mayi awa (yao) kukanikanso. Pano pa bwera wina mu lomwenso (Peter) nayenso zikumuvuta kwambiri. A Malawi tiyeni tiyesere mu tumbuka tsopano.

  27. Ntional Bus Company yatherathu ndipo zocitika zake zonse zokokera. A Boma alowelerepo. Mulli asazunze anthu osalakwa

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  29. cheonga says:

    munthu ndi masangwi nfi anthu oyipa

  30. Masoambeta says:

    Such nonsense only happen in Malawi. Pathetic country without any standards. This place is full of idiots. One would wonder what type of employment law is this?? Where are the so called lawyers?? Where is the regulatory body for transport workers?? Matubzi eni eni awa. What a silly joke!

  31. kkkkkk says:

    aaah total joke,a bus conductor at MBL azikataniko-kudula ma ticket pa gate?

  32. Hoitty says:

    Government should take some responsibility in the transport sector. Some of these ctucial services such as electricity, water and public transport don’t need to be solely left to the pvt sector. Anthu osaukafe tikuzunzika ndi mitengo yokwera, substandard services, rude drivers and conductors etc. There is need for competition in this sector. sane competition from govt as wad s the case before 1998 where shire buslines was operating alongside ma minibus ndi ma bus a anthu. Dziko lililonse lotukuka kulibe minibus madness. In Tanzania they have introduced big city line buses to deal with ziphapha izi

  33. BISM says:

    Wailing soul,,, is MUlli a Bus Company??? Why should employees not question the transfer… or you are the MBL yourself? If you are, please learn that things can change (as they did at some point in time, just to give you a lesson),,, but you are growing older also, and you will not remain the tycoon forever!!!!!!!! So, don’t create problems for your own old age!!!!

  34. The Binoculars says:

    A stupid fly that sticks to a carcass or a dead animal,gets buried with it.This is what will happen to those foolish workers who are resisting transfer.Their company-NBC is broke and still wants to hang around.Ati kupusa!

  35. Moving copse says:

    Wayambanso kutenga dziko ngati la amai ako. Shupi Mulli

  36. Patriot says:

    Osadandaula. Akagula MSB ija azikangotapako ndalamazo nkukupatsani malipiro anu.

  37. Kokotowa says:

    It’s Joyce Banda’s fault! She killed Mulli’s companies by directing (through that attempted murderer Ralph Kazakhstan) that they shouldn’t get any business from government.

  38. LeoMesii says:

    If the Company seem to be heading for collapse then the decision of transfer is a fair play

  39. mona says:

    Mulli is evil

  40. wosamba says:

    That’s Malawi, the poorest country in the world and it will remain like this because the so called rich ppl don’t care abt others

  41. ujeni says:

    Another condition of a failed state

  42. Wailing Soul says:

    am bewildered at the reasons for being unhappy to be transferred. They themselves allege that the company might collapse, its operating at a loss, there are fewer buses blahblahblah! Then why do they want to stick to it knowing very well its future is doomed? I would think the best thing would be to go to Mulli Bros while in the interim look for other jobs

    1. Kes munthali says:

      Trying to make sense behind the reasoning of a majority of us Malawians can lead you to a mental breakdown even madness(misala). Logic, logical reasoning, common sense, thinking etc are not in our DNA. Even right here on nyasatimes, this is manifested though comments and even the stories posted.

  43. Walani says:

    Working at muli brothers Limited its just like dgng grave on ur own. Eeeeee nkulu ameneyi ngwankhaza kwambili

  44. Angozo says:

    What type of work are these NBC employees who some them are conductors going to do at MBL?

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