MIJ radio job cuts:13 workers sacked

The Malawi Institute of Journalism (MIJ) radio management have dismissed 13 employees in what it calls restructuring exercise.

The move is a result of series of meetings between management and the board which were trying to find ways of bailing out the station from financial constraints.

It follows the strike which the workers had recently demanding the pay hike to meet the high cost of living due to the devaluation of the kwacha.

One of the sources who opted for anonymity said the most hit department is the newsroom.

Joseph Mwale: Lightening strikes twice, sacked

Among those dismissed from the newsroom is Blessing Melo, popularly known as DJ Chiphaliwali by his fans and Joseph Mwale.

However this is the second blow to Mwale who was re-employed recently after another dismissal for allegedly leaking “classified” information in which Peter Mutharika was castigating National Assembly speaker Henry Chimunthu-Banda.

Reports show that remaining ones will get a 15% salary increment.

The workers had earlier asked management to reserve the 15% pay hike so that no one loses job but the request did not hold and workers feel they are being victimised for staging a strike.

There has been no immediate comment from MIJ management.

MIJ is one of the competitive media institutions promoting and sensitizing the rights of people.

Sacked workers however say the  job cuts  risk causing “irreparable damage to the best journalism  at MIJ”.

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