Housing problems for civil servants in Malawi has hit hard with former Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH) dwellers seeking an injunction against being evacuated for living illegal.
The dwellers sought the court after Ministry of Health ordered them to leave the house by 1 June.
The Ministry of Health served the order after Kamuzu Central Hospital staff complained that some of the institution houses are being occupied by former workers who have since left for other governmental organisations.
Ministry of Health spokesperson Henry Chimbali confirmed that the occupants had sought court relief over the ministry’s order restraining it from effecting the evacuation.
“We reasoned with them that they should leave by June 1 because they are living in the houses meant for Kamuzu Central Hospital staff illegally,” Chimbali said.
“Although they are working for government departments they are not Kamuzu Central Hospital staff and therefore not entitled to continue living in the houses.”
He said they ministry would have to find a lasting solution to the impasse which forced KCH staff to go on strike over the issue last month.
The occupants were allocated the houses while they were working for the KCH before leaving for other government departments.