MBC sends half of its staff on leave amid lockdown

State-controlled Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) has sent half of its members of staff on mandatory annual leave in order to decongest the offices following the coronavirus disease (Covid -19), Nyasa Times has established.

MBC director general Aubrey Sumbuleta: Lockdown measures in place

MBC director general Aubrey Sumbuleta, in his memo dated April 9, 2020, says the corporation is simply responding to the government circular letter CS/S/001 dated 1st April, 2020, on the COVID-19 preventive measures for public employment as read with MBC staff terms and conditions of services 2019 on working hours.

“Notice is hereby given that the rest of members of staff shall take their annual leave except those on maternity leave whose annual leave might commerce at the completion of such maternity leave,” says Sumbuleta in the memo.

He adds that those who already finished their leave days should seek guidance from administration.

Some of the affected employees have expressed dismay with the direction Sumbuleta has taken on the matter.

The employees say they did not plan for the leave.

“What we are saying is that we did not plan for this. Of course, leave is good, but one needs proper planning before going on leave,” said one of the employees in Blantyre.

Meanwhile, Sumbuleta has said MBC staff salaries will be paid this  Friday earlier  than month end to allow them purchase necessities in preparation of the 21-day lockdown.

Those on duty, MBC management will organise food rations for lunch  during lockdown.

MBC has also suspending deductions from staff of their  Emergency and General Purpose loans for three months – April to June 2020 – in order to releive them of any further financial burden.

The national broadcaster will also be providing institutional transport for all staff on duty during the lockdown.

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A Bakha a yellow and Blue
A Bakha a yellow and Blue
10 months ago

which lock down????? A Bakha bwanji???

Nzika
Nzika
10 months ago

Amalawi kukonda kuyikana mau mkawa, mukati nobody listen to MBC inuyo mumakhala mmanyumba mwathu kuona kuti tikumvera radio it? Inetu ndimamvera ma mbc onse.

Wa shanting
Wa shanting
10 months ago
Reply to  Nzika

Eti, zoti inu mmamvera ma MBC onse nthawi imodzi sakudziwa?

Nasingwe
Nasingwe
10 months ago

Ciliza ca MNC tinamanga kalekale cant remember even cikumbutso cake tinapanga liti paja. atseke ngati akufuna
.ife tidafuta

BigMan
BigMan
10 months ago

Nobody cares. Ngakhale atapita onse tilibe nazo ntchito.

Julius
Julius
10 months ago

We don’t listen to MBC anyway

Kakhuta
Kakhuta
10 months ago

You can as well close the station, we really don’t need you.

chipwika
chipwika
10 months ago

ayambe kupita mmakwawo ndi sumbuleta yemweyo, chisanu, maseya and bizinezi…

Faith
Faith
10 months ago

Even if you Sumbuleta and the whole MBC can go on leave. Who cares? Who listens to this stinking radio?

Mpakateni
10 months ago

A good move, but make sure Sumbuleta you balance up your decision so that it is not seen as a way of punishing non-sympathizers of DPP. If you sent out those considered non-blue coloured staff and leave there blue coloured staff we will understand your motive.

shyman
shyman
10 months ago

Even if all of the them can go on leave…nobody can complain

botolo
botolo
10 months ago
Reply to  shyman

nobody listens to them anyway

akweni
akweni
10 months ago
Reply to  shyman

infact, just shut down the whole MBC, can anybody complain? – its Corona time

Wilson Nkwanda
Wilson Nkwanda
10 months ago
Reply to  akweni

Bolani pamajiga muzipangabe madolo inu. Zinazo tiribe nazo attend.

Shatta
Shatta
10 months ago
Reply to  shyman

Hahahaha.

True, no one cares about MBC.

Even if they shut MBC indefinitely, no one will miss MBC. It will be a good blessing and a breath of fresh air having not to listen to their usual garbage.

Chiswa B
Chiswa B
10 months ago
Reply to  shyman

Ine will complain. Aside from the dpp rubbish, radio 2 is the best for me and many others. Timangikwiya cos it runs on our taxes, however the likes of times and zodiak also tow political lines.

Tim
Tim
10 months ago
Reply to  Chiswa B

Times and zbs balance their coverage but have you ever seen MBC balancing their news coverage. This radio is a waste of resources. I agree, let all staff go on leave and suspend broadcasting till Corona vanishes.

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