Qualified Malawi citizens bypassed for high positions in multinationals: Immigration corrupt on ‘work permits’

There is an unspoken of evil labour practice that continues to consume the working spirit in most international companies  operating in the country and some organisations with strong links to international interests, Nyasa Times has established.

Chief Immigration Officer Medi:  Immigration Department is involved in issuance of work permits under duress because of the economic muscle of the multinationals and their hold on central government.

Qualified Malawians and others with more high-grade and internationally recognised skills and papers are left-out in preference to international personnel who are provided with top-range remuneration packages.

However, despite being engaged and given work permits as experts, most of such personnel have certificates and higher national diplomas. This is in extreme contrast to Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees that many Malawians in their organisations and the local market have plus specialised chartered qualifications.

Locals with years of technical expertise in telecoms, factory productions, business operations and banking have been ignored for years by appointing and hiring the so-called experts from especially South Africa and Kenya.

Preference of such a labour market is strongly being advanced by companies Limbe Leaf, Standard Bank, TNM, Alliance One, Airtel Malawi and JTI.

A labour market analyst, Maxwell Nkhoma, said most of the companies line up various excuses to get work permits processed by the Department of Immigration.

“I know others say the type of machinery they operate requires an expert, similarly to managing lines of businesses like in banks and even procurement. However, many locals are even more qualified, this has been going on for so long now.

“As a country we should ask such companies and organisations of their approach in skills transfer. It is hard to believe how qualified Malawians are being used to even train the experts when they are on duty. It smacks lack of patriotism by responsible public offices,” said Nkhoma.

But a Blantyre-based citizen, Kondwani Namakhuwa said the whole thing odours corruption.

“There are loopholes that those companies take advantage of especially on issuance of work permits. On this day and age one cannot even dare to process and stamp a work permit for an expert who has a mere certificate.

“Seriously, how can that be defended? Surely there is corruption going on. Let the organisations seek for such expertise locally first,” Namakhuwa said.

Queried on how his department is issuing expert work permits for people who only have certificates and others with years of experience only, the Chief Immigration Officer, Masautso Medi was blunt in his refusal to comment on the issue.

“My brother, I will not comment on this issue,” he said.

Others are claiming that the Immigration Department is involved in issuance of work permits under duress because of the economic muscle of the multinationals and their hold on central government.

Malawi now has numerous graduates who are either loafing or trying to squeeze through annual internship programmes which government has been operating for two years now.

Other companies involved in sourcing labour outside the country for skills and knowledge that is readily available locally are First Capital Bank and CEAR, formerly Malawi Railways.

In the hospitality industry Malawi Sun, Game Haven, Sun N’ Sand, Serendib, and Amaryllis hotels hire chefs, housekeeping and maintenance supervisors classifying them as experts yet, most don’t even have a clue of their duties.

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Big Mbuzi
Big Mbuzi
1 year ago

This is a stupid and racist agenda. There are many more Malawians working abroad than Foreigners working in Malawi. Do the math and analysis, if you have been to school.

So while Malawi is looking for FDI to develop, such investment must be placed in the hands of Malawians? Idiotic thinking.

Ngulukira
Ngulukira
1 year ago
Reply to  Big Mbuzi

But we don’t need “expatriates for life” who renew work permits 11 times and behave to be more Malawian than natives. Very rude idiots. They shout and oppress Malawians. They have WhatsApp groups with fellow pigs and meet in private to discuss on how they can suppress or make Malawians lose jobs

Nyenkhwe
1 year ago

My appeal is to the Anti-Corruption Bureau to get a list of all Employment permits issued in the last 5 years and seek justification why Malawians cannot occupy such positions. Where these cannot be justified, give notice to those occupants to go back and Malawi Police Service and Immigration should supervise their repatriation.The Immigration department is the most corrupt and not serving the needs of the country.All they look out for is how much money they will get from bribes.Just see what they do at KIA or Chileka when planes land.It is their officers who rush to meet with these… Read more »

Mwana wa Anabanda Ku Joni
Mwana wa Anabanda Ku Joni
1 year ago

Malawi produces academics who have no clue what their jobs entails. We are living in a world where people are looking for results not degrees that grossly exaggerated. When you employ people they must produce results without being policed. Most employers couldn’t care less of your qualifications but would follow certainly your employment track record. Kiss good bye to your fancy degree if you didn’t go to field with it or you will die of envy and jealousy. Education is good but it should only defend you on how practical you are with it

nafundo zalo
nafundo zalo
1 year ago

kuno ku malawi its who you know not what you know when it comes to job recruitment

LONDON QUARANTINE MANAGER
LONDON QUARANTINE MANAGER
1 year ago

Really and Truly, Mr Medi said it all “My Brother I will not comment ” that was his response Ok why, because he is a visionary man and sees everybody same and it’s sad that Malawians are now becoming racist now, companies will employ Real candidates no matter foreigners or home grown as long as you meet their expectations, YOU MALAWIANS BUSY MABOZA AT WORK THAN WORK no employer will offer a job to altitude candidates Ok, leave the foreigners alone, they are same as you, stop the jealousy mindset guys, Ofcourse Immigration Department will issue Work permit as much… Read more »

kaukonde
kaukonde
1 year ago

There is a syndicate at immigration well known by the chief and Home Affairs on issuance of permits, The syndicate also involves the bank issuing fake receipts to applicants and money divided among officers at immigration and home affairs officials that is why you see all officers at immigration driving and living a larger life. A few years ago one Chidothe was caught with a similar case that was recorded at blantyre police and went to court but he managed to bribe his way and the case died a natural death. Let me ask Acb to conduct an audit of… Read more »

Peloma Pepe
Peloma Pepe
1 year ago

Kuba amalawi komanso ulesi pantchito. For instance, the same person working as a gardener kwa nzungu ndi kwa munthu wakuda mmalawi, you’ll see the difference. If you employ those guys who work in Indian shops several hours, you’ll be shocked how he’ll be lazy and even complain pretty much about everything.

Uyo
Uyo
1 year ago

Yes And Do you know why, becaise malawians are thieves , we are not straight unfortunately. Where ever we are given good responsibilities, timanyerapo kumanena kuti mbuzi imadya pamene ayimangirira.

mpho
mpho
1 year ago

Experience counts… degree yopanda nayo knowledge or experience is nothing, anthu amene ali ndi certificates are more experienced and hard working than degree holders, sindikunama, expatriates experience is needed kuli konse, boma should come up with localization plan and citizens must learn from experienced foreigners.

Tim
Tim
1 year ago

Unfortunately an international would be far less likely to commit fraud and corruption.

mabvuto
mabvuto
1 year ago

Start the discussion…Good observation Mike and its my hope the Next Govt will address this issue .Too much corruption.Check Avis car hire and super markets, amwenye pa till

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