Cane cutters cause rampage, seek more pay

Malawi Police in Chikhwawa have come in to restore order after rampaging  cane cutters from vast sugar  plantation on Nchalo went amok, demanding K2400 per cane cut from K1150.

Chingwalu: Police has restored order

Police Officer In Charge for Chikhwawa Davie Chingwalu confirmed the running battles between the police and the cane cutters are now over.

“The situation is now under full control,” said Chingwalu.

The situation went out of hand at Thom Trading Centre in the district where the cane cutters burnt sugarcane fields.

Lewis Kasuzweni, one of the contractors said there are 400 cane cutters for each of the seven cane cutters.

“But their demand is unrealistic, we cannot meet it,” said Kasuzweni.

He said the contractors can only meet up to K1200 per cane cut.

Sugar cane cutting is a common occupation in the country’s cane fields of Dwangwa and Nchalo. But the rewards for doing this dirty job were nothing more than a salary or a wage.

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5 years ago

Exploitation is the key tool at the bottom of the entire operation. The rural masses won’t squirm the class is voiceless none to push negotiations on their behalf the best is to enter into wage talks by imitating jungle tactics. The fat cats can snarl they won’t scratch the cutters the road to November means a checkered delivery of labour in case of overreaction. Our world is only meaningful in an honest exercise of equity minus bogus negotiations with the labour force. This event in the lower shire is heathy and offers the best window into curtailing the huge appetite… Read more »

5 years ago

It all boils down to minimum wage. Sugar yo ndiye kukweza mwezi uliwonse koma wodula mzimbe osamuganizila. A reflection across all sectors. Chuma chikuyenda bwino. hehehehehe.

5 years ago

You have been posting billions as profit after tax. It is immoral to post such huge profits at the expense of poor cane cutters. Hear their cry and reward them as per their request.

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