Malawi President Bingu Wa Mutharika facing intense pressure from his people and the international community to reverse deteorating economic standards in this southern Africa impoverished nation has declared a two week holiday for all civil servants in the country.
Announcing the holiday in the administrative capital, Lilongwe, Mutharika, through the Office of President and Cabinet said he decided to offer Malawians enough time to be with their families in this festive season by declaring leave to all servants starting Friday 23rd of December, 2011 to the 6th of January, 2012.
The 6th being a Friday, employees will only return to work on Monday January the 9th .
Mutharika further said in the statement that he wishes all civil servants a very happy Christmas and happy new year.
The holiday declared by Mutharika does not come as a surprise to many as government is looking at every opportunity to do some savings in its finances following the country’s collapsing economic situation.
For over one year now, Malawians have been queuing at filling stations looking for fuel which often times is not readily available in the country.
The country has also serious forex shortages and some international investors have started closing shop leaving the country for Malawi’s neighbours including Mozambique and Zambia where investment opportunities seem to be very good there.
President Bingu wa Mutharika has ruled Malawi for the last 7 years and is expected to finish his term of office in 2014.
The first term his rule, were characterized by an economic boom and a success story in the field of agriculture.