An airbrush by President Bingu Wa Mutharika on management of the reconstituted Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) which was led by Director General Bright Malopa has created a kids play over people’s future inviting scores of lawsuits in the process.
Mutharika summoned Malopa, Chimwemwe Banda (Chairperson of Transition Committee), Felistus Chikusilo Director of Finance, Mateyu Controller of Administration to his Ndata residence last week where he blamed the team of failing to deliver and avert an impending strike of the government’s mouth piece.
The MBC bosses were given just under one week to see through the process and the result, a total mess of employees’ information.
Most members of staff’s files contained insufficient information and most certificates were lost prompting the committee to base their decisions on the existing documents.
“There was a total chaos, they had no proper way of filing people’s data and they lost pieces of important certificates. The owners now wonder on the grades they have been offered and those with original certificates, diplomas and degrees will contest in court since the process is completed,” said one employee.
True to the fears of the workers, the Department of human resources for government and the Office of President (OPC) itself conceded that errors have been made due to the deadline given by the President.
“Yes there are some problems, we cannot call it a mess at this point, give us time we will correct that,” said Chimwemwe Banda chairperson of the transition committee.
Only 413 of 700 employees are retained at MBC Radio and TV and the most of the remainder have been retired with full packages.