MCP-UTM stayaway call a flop: Malawi ‘day of rage’ was business as usual

Most Malawians on Friday went about their businesses as usual, ignoring a call for a stay away from work by Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and its alliance partner, UTM  Party,  was a monumental failure, as civil servants reported for duty, as well as shops and banks  were open as usual.

People go about their business as usual in Lilongwe

MCP-UTM  alliance called for ‘day of rage’ stay away to protest against Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chairperson Jane Ansah and other commissioners  to step aside  as  the court declared them incompetent to manage an election.

Contrary to expectations of opposition that the stayaway would brought the country to its knees,  it   was business as usual in the capital Lilongwe,  commercial city Blantyre and other cities as many citizens snubbed the call to stay at home.

The stayway was largely ignored by Malawians as the people clocked in for work as usual.

Chief Secretary to the Government Lloyd Muhara pulled the rug from under the feet of political malcontents who had wanted the stayway to cause civil unrest as he  instructed heads of government departments, agencies and parastatals to record all officers who will shun duties on Friday 27th March, 2020.

A memo addressed to Principal Secretaries, heads of departments, constitutional bodies and statutory corporations urges them to ensure that the order is enforced.

“As you are all aware, Public Servants are expected to maintain neutrality in all matters that are political in nature when discharging their duties and anyone who “engages in any activity, political or otherwise, which interferes with the performance of his/her duties as a Public Servant,” commits a serious misconduct in terms of MPSR 1:201(24).

“Further, a Civil Servant who “absents himself/ herself from his/her post during normal hours of attendance without permission from a Responsible Officer or Controlling Officer or without valid excuse” is also guilty of misconduct in terms of MPSR 1:201 (1),” read the statement.

Muhara stressed that appropriate disciplinary action will be taken against those who fail to report for work on Friday.

“A list of all those will not have reported for duties without valid excuse should be compiled and submitted to the Department of Human Resource Management and Development (DHRM&D) by Thursday, 2nd April, 2020 for appropriate disciplinary action,”said the statement.

Meanwhile, MCP and UTM have also  instructed their lawyers to ask the Constitutional Court to determine whether it is lawful for Ansah to continue holding her position when the court and Parliament stated that she is incompetent.

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Joloza
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Chipani cha ng’ona chagwa nayo

BigMan
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BigMan

DPP is dead.

JAMS KIUNA
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JAMS KIUNA

Anthu awa Chakwera ndi Chirima sazalamulira dziko lino anta
mundifunse kut why ndikunena choncho.c

Gaga
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Gaga

MCP and UTM have been humiliated. People have told you in strong terms they will not listen to silly advice.

Shonai
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Osagwira tchito asadye don’t pay Chakwera this month salary winayonso akuti vice .Mwina Ana ao lero sanadye nso.Sikuja anapita kukaphwanya kuja ku capital Hill?

Papua
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Papua

It is very sad that Chilima was is supposedly VP can be telling civil servants to boycott work.

cooking oil.
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cooking oil.

Livingstonia synod is not a person…oputsa kumeneku ndi mmodzi wokuda ngati linya,amatenga ngati zakunyumba kwake.

Telvin phiri
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Telvin phiri

Here the important thing isn’t whether people went to work or not, it’s what the call to the protests symbolized that is more important. They symbolise an act defiant against the Mutharika regime. A call that echoed everywhere that enough is enough. The call is more powerful than any sit in.

Joloza
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There was defiance if people went to work. It was defiance against the opposition who called for sit in. Wamva mnyamata was ng’ona

chataika
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chataika

Kkkkkkkk ndiye nzeru za makandazo zimenezo! A vice president kapanga instruct anthu awo womwe anthito kuti should stay away from work is it justified? When others say this is total childishness chipose apa? Ppo have always told him that if he wants to against the DPP led govt should resign from vice presidency. Lazarus ndi Saulos shaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaame on you!!!!!! Mwayamba kuwonetsera mawanga anu kuti ndinu anthu woyipa kwambiri and with this just know mwaluza almost 30% of your popularity bcoz ngakhale ana a zaka 10 sakumvetsa the motive behind your move for workers to stay away from their works?

Joza
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Joza

A bitter and at the same time GOOD lesson to MCP and UTM (especially Chakwera and Chilima) people know your evil plans. Only zitsiru will follow your foolish commands.

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