Parliamentary staff slaps bosses with court injunction over recruitment of new workers

Staff at parliament have taken management by surprise when they slapped it with a High Court injunction effectively stopping the National Assembly from recruiting 56 new members of staff.

Speaker Msowoya: Served with injunction

Parliament’s Workers Union argues that the management would have first made internal advertisements so that incumbent staff filled the existing vacancies by way of promotion before asking people outside parliament to fill the vacancies.

Paul Mandiwa, chairman of the workers union said the existing staff needed promotion.

“What we are saying is that management needed to advertise internally so that the current staff goes for interviews and fill some of the positions before inviting others outside the National Assembly,” he said.

The Parliamentary Service Commission advertised for vacant positions in some local newspapers last week, calling for applications from people who would go for interviews and succesful ones fill up the positions.

Public Relations Officer for National Assembly Leonard Mengezi said the Parliamentary Service Commission, chaired by Speaker Richard Msowoya has received the court injunction.

“PSC will hold the interviews until the case is heard on 15 March,” he said.

This is the first time that staff at parliament have halted recruitment of new members of staff until existing staff are promoted first.


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6 thoughts on “Parliamentary staff slaps bosses with court injunction over recruitment of new workers”

  1. Yahya Jammeh says:

    With nepotism at its highest peak in Malawi it difficult to blame Parliament workers for the action they have taken against their bosses. Chaponda removed people from embassies abroad, but filled the vacancies with his own relations such as Kalichero. He even picked one Mrs. Shumba from MBC who is his niece and offered her a job at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs just before he moved to Agriculture Ministry. People are able to see the dirty games of the people in positions of influence. Tivomere kuti nkhanga zaona osati kuti anthuwo ndiolephera ntchito, koma akufuna chilungamo – that is typical premature judgement you are making. I will rule Gambia for a billion years.

  2. Vindele says:

    it means they have papers from Malangalanga Universities hence mantha

  3. vyamtonda says:

    a place full of idiots and lazy people

  4. Malawian says:

    Parliament staff, allow management to get the best on the market for the jobs. What if most of you are non performers, do you still want to fill the vacancies. If you are good, apply and compete. Management and us the public want an efficient parliament not one full of dead wood. And this starts with good quality human resources. Mudzikaikila?

  5. mapuya says:

    Reform Commission,

    Parliament needs reforms. Whatever benefits staff at the national assembly get we respect the rules that were set. However we live in a competitive world, able bodied citizens, Malawians for that mature should secure employment at the National Assembly as long as they qualify for the jobs. I do not see any reason why a JCE holder or an MSCE holder should block an appointment for a qualified individual simply because they want promotions. We all need to be guided on properly guided on what basis people need to be promoted. We do not want to wake up one morning because of the so called promotions our offices are run by JCE and MSCE holders kapena ma MacDonaldised degrees and PhDs mushrooming in Malawi. The first reform should happen at the National Assembly. Seodi White you have a job. Therefore i request the Parliamentary Committee to serious consider this motion. I beg to move.

  6. Thako la Nkhuku says:

    Kikiki! If former employees at parliament had acted in this manner how could these have been employed ?

    Akuwonani kuti simumatha ntchito makape inu

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