Judiciary warns striking support staff of disciplinary action

Judiciary officials have told striking support staff to go back to work on Wednesday or face disciplinary action.

Chief Justice Andrew Nyirenda: The striking support staff wants him to go

The registrar of the High Court and Supreme Court Agnes Patemba said the striking staff did not go through the recognized union which deals with labour issues.

In a letter to the striking support staff, the judiciary says the union has not engaged management on the matter.

“The union engages with management and other relevant authorities on issues of concern to judiciary members of staff.

“This process is ongoing. The union however, has not notified management or any other relevant authorities of any dispute,” says the letter from management.

Management says it is only when there is a failure to resolve a dispute that industrial action may be resorted to by the union after following proper procedures.

Judiciary support staff who work for the principal registry and chief resident magistrate in Blantyre on Tuesday started a sit in, threatening the future of the landmark Elections case at the Constitutional Court.

The judiciary support staff have ignored calls from their Labour union leadership to call off the sit in which they called irregular, illegal and unnecessary at this point.

Spokesperson for the union Andy Hariwa said although the working conditions of the judiciary support staff leaves a lot to be desired, the support staff have not followed required procedures to call for the sit in.

The support staff want their conditions of work, as harmonized with those of the judiciary officers, be approved by parliament with immediate effect.

The judiciary support staff are also demanding the resignation of the chief justice Andrew Nyirenda and the registrar of the High Court and Supreme Court Agnes Patemba for failing to address the issues.

However, some sections of the society say the sit in has been organised by the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to derail the Constitutional Court proceedings of the high profile presidential poll result challenge case underway in Lilongwe.

Some sections of the society say the DPP and the Malawi Electoral Commission feel they do not have a case against the opposition Malawi Congress Party and UTM.

They feel the court would order for a presidential election rerun hence employing tactics to put spanners to the proceedings as part of delaying tactics to the case so that president Peter Mutharika and the DPP remain in power, as of now.

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Innoxy Charles
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Innoxy Charles

Why don’t these Strikers wait till elections case is over before these nonsense.They have been bribbed indeed but it will yield nothing.Justice will take it’s course anyway.

MASUSU PA THAKU
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WHEN MULUZI / MUGABE WAS IN OFFICE —HE NEVER THOUGHT HE WOULD BE OUT OF THE STATE HOUSE //LOOK NOW WHERE ARE THEY ? ? THE WORLD IS ROUND !!

dalo
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dalo

Apa zikumveka bwino kwambiri,DPP makanema atha,TIME UP!!!!!!!! Zoona basi kukakamilabe? kkkkkk koma awa muluzi unalakwitsa kubweletsa mbava izi ndithu,achair musaiwale ndinu munabweletsa mbavazi ku malawi kukazitenga kuchokela ku America,chonde auzeni azibwelela koma abwenze kaye ndalama atibela.

Chipalamandule
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Chipalamandule

Tangodyani ndalamazo ku khoti ziyenda strike or no strike

Gee
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U’ve been exposed and now u’ve made the matter worse

Tuvitwana
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Tuvitwana

DPP mbuzi ZA WANTHU kkkkkkkk

Soko
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Soko

Ndiye mukabweze ndalama mwalandira ku DPP ko zimene anakupatsani kuti mupangire strike, ndiye mwa goofer tu. Bwererani mu office or else, you will be sacked.

Nalekwa
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Nalekwa

DPP behind this to delay Election case kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

mwana mlomwe
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mwana mlomwe

tikuziwa paliwina wake wakupatsani ndalama kuti mulandu ku court wachisankho uzichedwa koma ziwani izi inuyo mungozika pa mavuto coz chilichonse popanga umafunika kutsatira malamulo komanso anthu simukuwafunawo tikuziwa alipo wachita kukupatsani mayinawo ndiye mujsamale akuotchetsani dzala ameneyo.Chitsanzo muonere kwa anyama a ku MEC anatuma ataona zavuta awapha ndiye zikazavuta poopa kuti muzaulula akutumaniwo azakuphani inu amene mwadya ndalama ndikuyambitsa izi.