Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) which criticised the initiative of previous Joyce Banda administration to send Malawian young men and women to work abroad has said they will continue with the programme.
When they were in opposition, DPP dubbed the exercise “human trafficking” while others called it a “joke”, arguing that the programme does not make sense when Malawi is complaining about brain-drain.
But Minister of Foreign Affairs George Chaponda has said the DPP government will now continue with the labour export programme.
Chaponda nonetheless said he has received complaints from some Malawians living in the United Arab Emirates (UAE)but said interventions are currently underway.
He said most youths were exploited because they did not use proper channels to go abroad.
“Most young people going to such countries have not been using proper channels but have been rushing to using middle men and as a result, they end up paying huge sums of money,” said Chaponda as quoted by Weekend Nation.
There have been unsavoury reports that expose how immigrant workers are mistreated, underpaid, even raped in the Asian country.
“I have been to Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha to discuss with government officials and employers on reports that Malawians were being treated as slaves. So far, there has been an improvement in their conditions of service,” Chaponda told the paper.
He said Malawi and the UAE agreed to revisit their memorandum of understanding (MoU) on labour export to enhance collaboration.