Interns give Malawi government ultimatum, to hold demos at veep’s office

Concerned Graduate Interns under the Youth Internship Programme (YIP) have expressed  anguish with  the decision by the government through the Ministry of Labour to postpone the commencement of the graduate internship programme from August to October this year due to coronavirus (Covid-19) crisis and wants to hold demonstrations  this Friday at Vice President’s office.

According to Principal Secretary for the Ministry of Labour, Esmie Kainja the government has shifted the dates following a recommendation from Presidential Committee on Covid-19.

“The Ministry of Labour wishes to inform all interns who were in the first and second cohorts of the Graduate Internship Program that the official reporting dates to work has been shifted to 1st October, 2020.

The delay has resulted from the additional measures on the Covid-19 pandemic set by government,” said Kainja

But the Ministry of Labour statement  has triggered an outcry from the interns who had their contracts renewed and were expected  to start work in July this year.

The interns said will hold demonstrations tomorrow at Vice President Dr. Saulos Chilima’s office in Lilongwe as a way of  forcing the government to reverse the decision saying the reasons for shifting the dates are invalid.

The interns have disagreed with the decision to delay the commencement day pointing out that government ought not to change its tune on adapting during the virus pandemic since they were already working in shifts.

Government under the previous regime of Progressive Party (DPP) introduced the interns programme targeted to provide 5 000 youths aged between 18 and 30 work experience both in public service and private sector.

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mjanja
mjanja
2 months ago

internership up to three years that is too much let them go through the normal procedures of interview and those successful should be employed ifenso owaphunzitsa tatopa iya we were not employed to be teachers

Marumbo
2 months ago

I am one of senior government officers who works with interns. These interns are very very helpful if you are indeed utilising them. In fact government needs them so much. So inu a MCP instead of just employing them you are sending them away? And you want to employ retired people instead? Aaa no! Think twice inu a Tonse. Izo za covid zo ndizabodza. Interns can work in shifts just like any employee. Komatu penapake the Tonse government is not serious about youth empowerment. Even ma Minister mukungosankha nkhalamba zokhazokha. Very bad. DPP programs on the youth must continue eg… Read more »

Nambuma Girl
Nambuma Girl
2 months ago
Reply to  Marumbo

Wait a minute! The writer Malumbo is a Cadet. Kumeneku ndikulira kwa Cadet akungobisalira za ma intern. Kkkkkk

Baba Tunde
Baba Tunde
2 months ago
Reply to  Marumbo

Marumbo, interns are like apprentices. They there to learn a job. It’s a bridge between the world of theory in university to real work environment. They’re not employees. And after internship they’re supposed to be released to go and utilize what experience they’ve acquired.
These lads are being militant as if they’re employees. Please tell them to work from home and join zoom meetings of they think they’re indispensable. Let them apply for jobs. Some of them thi internship is a way of earning a living. No, no, no!

Gaba
Gaba
2 months ago

Kick them out

msundwe
msundwe
2 months ago

Not surprised ma.interns onse anali ma cadet . Just cancel their contracts and employ people on merit. Let’s see how many will make it back. Ndi mwano munkapanga uja ambirinu tikukudikirani tizakuchoseni ntchito basi angotichedwetsa

Tutu
Tutu
2 months ago
Reply to  msundwe

Interns are Malawians. The MCP attitude of persecuting people will backfire

Baba Tunde
Baba Tunde
2 months ago
Reply to  Tutu

Tutu, you’re right. They are Malawians too.
But they shouldn’t think they’re employees. They’re NOT civil servants. They’re just trainees.
Actually they shouldn’t be paid. They gain more through exposure to the work environment. As a parent, I am willing to even pay the government a fees for teaching my child work.
But if the government want to decongest capital hill by making them wait till October, that’s only fair.
This sense of entitlement by the interns must fall. This are the same unruly youths who become cashagters.

Smart Girl
Smart Girl
2 months ago
Reply to  msundwe

Yes ma intern anali ma Cadet enanso ana AMA Cadet.

Sarah sarah
Sarah sarah
2 months ago
Reply to  msundwe

You Tonse alliance supporters are getting more embarrassing by day. Just admit you voted for a white elephant, things weren’t as bad as your media darling said and you fall for it

Mzeedi
Mzeedi
2 months ago

Tonse alliance ndinu wonama komanso wolephela

Hawell
Hawell
2 months ago
Reply to  Mzeedi

Ma interns tonse go konko and also demand kuti all retired PSs who have been brought back into the system must be fired immediately chimenechi mchibwana ndiye nkumati tikufuna kupanga promote achiinyamata masanje ake amenewa. Iwe chisi, Katsonga, chihana, joyce, mnesa muli chete and kuwombera mmanja zimenezi muyenda womwewo come 2025 let dpp back into power!

Baba Tunde
Baba Tunde
2 months ago
Reply to  Hawell

Those old guards will add value to the civil service. They have integrity and bags of expertise. Most of them were forced to retire prematurely because they refused to be complicit in unethical shenanigans.
We need them to steady the ship. We need a mixture of youth and the old.
The youths like Magalasi, Mphwiyo and others have proved to be too crafty with their hunger for instant riches and Instagram lifestyles. Old guards are there to steady the ship.
Bravo Itsanana for bringing back old guards! Makhang’a ndi akatakwe

Mtopwa 1
Mtopwa 1
2 months ago

Just teargas these senseless young beings

Hawell
Hawell
2 months ago
Reply to  Mtopwa 1

paja teargas tinkamukana nthawi ya dpp ndiye uziti teargas chifukwa kuti mwalowa mboma? imeneyo ndiye timati misala we will demonstrate and no teargas angoyerekeza a police awonanso paja chilima anti dziko lino ndi lathu palibe amene angatiwopseze NEVER!

ineyo
ineyo
2 months ago

Busy recalling retirees when massive youth population are jobless. Clueless

Hawell
Hawell
2 months ago
Reply to  ineyo

Eti eti tonse alliance govt ndi yachamba kwabasi! inu mukumalemba retired PSs zokuwonerani zimenezi instead of promoting those in the system kodi iwe Trapence ndi nzako mtambotambo where are you? Ndiye APM wakalamba and yet u r bringing retired PSs imeneyi ndiye nyekhwe ya a nyekhwe iwe cj=hilima nzeru zako ziri pati ndi nzako chakwerayu?

Nalikuti
Nalikuti
2 months ago

Nde chizungucho mwati express ANGUISH???

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