Government admits internship programme flawed: To offer fulltime employment ‘not for every Jim and Jack’

President Peter Mutharika has directed that interns currently under the paying internship programme should be offered fulltime employment to fill the existing vacancies in various government departments and agencies.

Mwandidya briefs journalists

Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Labour, Youth, Sports and Manpower Development Joseph Mwandidya disclosed the development Thursday during a press briefing at Capitol Hill in Lilongwe.

“It has pleased the Head of State that the interns should be absorbed into the mainstream government service.

“So with that directive very soon we will be calling for the interns to bring their CVs so that we can start absorbing them in to the permanent job into the government,” Mwandidya said.

Meanwhile, he said, all the ground work is being done hand in hand with Office of the President and Cabinet (OPC), Treasury and Department of Human Resources Management (DHRM) and other statutory bodies.

“We did not want to work in isolation but to work in unison with other ministries,” Mwandidya said.

He, however, said the fulltime job offer will be based on performance, attitude and professional qualifications, among other factors.

“We don’t want to bring every Jim and Jack, even those that are not performing because at the end of the day we may not do justice to the people of Malawi,” he said.

He further said the President has directed that the internship programme for existing interns be extended by one year and that new others be recruited to work together with the existing.

Mwandidya said the intention for extending the existing cohort is that when the government started the programme, there were some anomalies including no proper orientation.

“Some of the interns didn’t know that it was not a fulltime job while others did not know what next; but the truth of the matter is to train the youths so that they can later search for jobs with confidence,” he said.

One of the interns in the Ministry of Labour Martin Bota expressed appreciation for the government’s reaction to the petition presented by the interns to government recently.

In the petition, the interns asked government to consider them for permanent jobs, among other issues.

“I am very much pleased with the directive. I thank the President for considering us by responding to the petition. We have received this in a positive way,” Bota said.

The first internship cohort initiated in June 2018 was scheduled to run for one year up to June this year.

During commencement of the programme last year, the initial plan was to recruit 5000 interns but only 3000 interns were recruited due to other circumstances.

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Alamu Pumani Mwakalamba ndi nkhungu
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Iwe Mwandidya the government is already full of Jim and Jack starting with you, the president and his vice, Chimulirenji, Dausi, the police, the parastals, etc. Everyone is shithole stuff. There’s nothing that you are doing there. All you are good at is stealing taxes. Whoever takes over has a big job cleaning the garbage. Parliament pays allowances to every Jim and Jack. Ghost workshops. Stealing fuel through cards. Buying government vehicles mwakuba without going through public auction. A Chakwera you have a huge task ahead of you. As for Chilima, he is getting paid for doing nothing. Does Chilima… Read more »

Maunits
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Maunits

You don’t just absorb people into the main stream service no no no to me this means that the govt has no employment procedures which is false procedures are there please follow it. We know Muthalika zake zada one week more to move out of corridors of power. Don’t leave problems to the incoming president.

johnbwanyama
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johnbwanyama

Are they not supposed to through interviews and compete with other competent candidates who are possibly doing part time job somewhere or are doing voluntarily work in other sectors. Is this in tandem with the recruitment procedure of some organisation. Please school me on this.

Radax
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Radax

Koma izizi ndiye za utsiru tsopano. Ena si ma intern koma amafuna ntchitozo ndiye muwathandiza bwanji? Campaign ngati yavuta vomerezani osati mutiwonongere dzikoli kuposa mmene mwachitira kale. Normal employment porcedure should be followed. Civil Service Commission in liaison with relevant departments should call for applications and interviews be conducted as per procedure. Do not hunt for votes by way of destroying government procedures. We will not accept that nosense.

Honorable Dausi
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Honorable Dausi

This is a sign of Constipation for 21 May. Uyisova Gogo

Wina Mpoto
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How many are intern votes koma zinazi wina agwa ndi bp pa 21 pa ndithu

Richard
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Richard

But was this planned before, are we not going to create yet another bigger confusion than what we have at hand. How could the president just wake up some day and direct this to be effected? What has informed him into taking this decision which you have admittedly said had flaws. My poor Malawi! Essshhiii

Thyolo Thava boy
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Confusion and frustration at work kkkkk. Where is the budget line for them?

Njolo mpilu
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Njolo mpilu

Eh koma yaa akupitiliza kuwanimiza anthu. Azaziimitsa zosezi,ose a ma promotion simuzaziona salary zanu etc mukawalekelela anyapalawa .nde tizafika 2nd poorest country in the world khaya,

Aka
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Aka

Kikikiki all these are panic buttons, May Day! May Day!May Day. From which approved budget abale?

phakamani mahlambi
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we are going down, i repeat we are going down kkkkkkkkk

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