Government asked to intervene on ‘expatriates’ at Toyota Malawi

Employees at Toyota Malawi Liimted have demanded that the Malawi government should investigate some top bosses at the company who work as expatriates when,  in actual fact,  their qualifications and technical know-hows of the jobs they are handling are shoddy.

Toyota Malawi offices infested with expatriates at the expense of local expertise

The employees have said that most of the said expatriates are unqualified and yet they have taken high profile positions at the company leaving out suitably qualified Malawians.

In a letter which Nyasa Times has seen the employees, who opted for anonymity, said they were disheartened by foreigners taking up  positions which can easily be handled by Malawian.

They said,  for instance, the managing director, Kennedy Kabaghe,  from Zambia has a mere Diploma in Marketing, while the company has a seasoned Malawian, Andrew Katimba, who is qualified for the job with good academic qualifications.

Among others, Katimba is a Chartered Accoutant with a Master of Science in Strategic Management.

“Katimba has been with the company for more than 20 years and was the General Manager of Finance and currently is the General Manager of Corporate Affairs,” reads part of the letter.

Apart from the managing director, the chief finance officer is Peter Matiru from Kenya,  and the employees said there were about five Malawian chartered accountants and that two amongst these can do the job.

“In addition, we have lot of qualified, well experienced and seasoned finance and accounting people who can do this job in Malawi,” reads the letter.

On the position of  National Service Manager, there is Johannes Heydenreich from South Africa who simply has a technician’s certificate/ diploma.

“However, the company has  service managers that are qualified with the required experience, degrees and Masters degrees fit for these jobs,” adds the letter.

“The government of the previous administration gave working permits without looking at the criteria of expatriate here. The local people are more experienced and far much educated than these people. And the skills required to do these roles are abundant in Malawi but they continue to allow them anyway. Corruption might have played a role,” one of  employees told Nyasa Times.

Some weeks ago during an interface meeting with ICT stakeholders in Blantyre, minister of information, Gospel Kazako emphasised that government is aware that many foreigners have taken jobs that Malawians can do better.

Kazako sent a warning signal that government will no tolerate its citizens suffering while they are capable of handling some positions occupied by some foreigners.

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Muhariteniwo
Muhariteniwo
8 months ago

The problem with the latest government is that they bare ONLY looking for men and women of Malawi origin who have degrees but forgetting that those who have less qualifications know and have wild experience in a particular job they are working in. Secondly is that many Malawians rush in obtaining papers but bring them on ground their performances is not promising. Thirdly, Tonse alliance government is supported by those educated or not. Please take note of it and that is my sound advice.

I love malawi
I love malawi
8 months ago

Hmmmm jealousy Malawians,,,so how about our fellow countrymen working in the same company but outside malawi?Will you be happy if they face the same discrimination you’re trying to create?

You should understand that ntchito zina zimafuna kuzigwira osangoti bola muli ndi mapepala akusukulu okha ai

Any
Any
8 months ago

HOW ABOUT IF TOYOTA TAKES YOUNG MALAWIAN AS APPRENTICE? Train them for the future so that in future their skills can benefit both the companies and employees. Every job is based on merit and not favours. THAT’S MY BELIEF. It doesn’t matter whether you are black brown white pink blue yellow or any other colour. What matter is what you have to offer to your employers and the DARLING MALAWI.

Any
Any
8 months ago

Okay here is the solution NYSA will employ all those who are complaining about the job allocation. Nysa time will fire their journalists n employ those who have no MERIT for the position right? Go Nysa show some responsibility towards your own ppl.

Bigman
Bigman
8 months ago

Mr Katimba did not attend university for first degree so Masters anapanga bwanji?

He just did ACCA.

Mwini muzi
8 months ago
Reply to  Bigman

Possible to have a master’s without first degree from a reputable university.

Concerned citizen
8 months ago

At the levels we are talking about, it needs to be a a talk of delivery and ability to motivate and work with others.

Just look at our track record in developing our successors?

Wisdom Reigns
Wisdom Reigns
8 months ago

There are several factors to consider on both sides of the argument. Firstly, its important to consider the basis of progression within the company. How does Toyota weigh experience, performance and qualifications when assessing people for promotion? Secondly, what are the considerations are when the company brings in externals? And do deserving locals also get opportunities to work outside Malawi? There are a host of factors and angles from which to look at this. Should Malawians working abroad be subjected to this same standard? There are hundreds possibly thousands of Malawian professionals in South Africa, SADC, UK, and other countries.… Read more »

Whiplash
Whiplash
8 months ago

To all you Malawian complaining about higher qualifications Prof Peter mutharika =failure Prof bingu = failure Dr Joyce = cashgate Dr muluzi= 4 billion Dr chaponda=maize gate So we have all these people who are highly qualified and yet you see the results with your own eyes. I am sure that they are more people with higher qualifications which I haven’t mentioned but have done nothing besides mismanagement. I don’t think education matters when there is no principle and honesty. If they are so highly qualified why don’t they go and train the expats themselves outside Malawi because as far… Read more »

Concerned parentarrest
Concerned parentarrest
8 months ago

Why bringing less qualified expatriates? Malawi is a messed up country. TZ doesn’t tolerate this nonsense.

Big Mbuzi
Big Mbuzi
8 months ago

More qualified Malawians work outside Malawi, than Expatriates working in Malawi. Think carefully about your suggestion, especially when the entity is foreign owned and have every right to employ “their” own people in key positions.

These dangerous utterances are another reason why foreign investment is shy about Malawi, and why job creation remains elusive.

Any
Any
8 months ago
Reply to  Big Mbuzi

Good reply! You speak the truth n all due respect to you. Great! Keep up the good work.

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