Malawi Immigration won’t join civil servants strike

Immigration Department has said it will not be joining the nationwide civil servants strike.

More than 100,000 state workers started strike last week demanding a 65 percent wage increase – about double the inflation rate – to counter a rising cost of living triggered by a devaluation of the kwacha currency.

By Wednesday, the strike had grown with public schools being closed as teachers are on strike and striking workers shut down the main airport. Nurses have threatened to join.

However, Immigration Department dispelled some media reports which claimed they would be joining the strike.

Mankhwala: Border posts remain operational
Chief Immigration Officer, Hudson Mankhwala: Border posts remain operational

“As a security institution, immigration officers do not involve themselves in an industrial action of this nature,” said a statement made available to Nyasa Times from Immigration Department.

The Immigration Department said airports, border posts and all its offices will “remain operational.”

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