By Nyasa Times Reporter
The Malawi government has asked public broadcaster Malawi Broadcasting Corporation (MBC) to treat all employees as its own while government is in the process of integrating excess staff into the mainstream civil service, Nyasa Times has learnt.
“It is the intention of the government that the implementation of the merger should as much as possible not adversely affects any member of staff from both the former TVM and MBC,” reads a letter from Comptroller of Statutory Corporations Charles Mphande dated 5th August, 2011, a copy Nyasa Times obtained.
Mphande said the process of excess staff placement to various Ministries and departments is underway therefore “All employees and management of MBC are called upon to exercise patience.”
MBC has a bloated workforce of around 700 including those from the former Television Malawi and will shed off about 300 during the implementation of the merger.
The list of the ‘excesses’ closely guarded but our source disclosed that MBC’s assistant bureau chief for the north, Chimbizga Msimuko has been earmarked for the Museums department as Assistant Curator.
Government was supposed to effect the merger on 1st August but MBC Electronic Media Workers Union demanded that all employees should receive both their re-deployment letters and their benefits since they will start anew.
“We made it clear to OPC that we did not want to endure what people went through when the Malawi Posts and Telecommunications split into Malawi Posts Corporation and Malawi telecommunications (MTL) since those who remain and those going into public service should start afresh,” a Union member confided.
MBC Chief Executive Officer Bright Malopa, who addressed a general meeting after union representatives had given management 21 days to tell them where they stood, said merger of Television Malawi and MBC radios had been completed.
Malopa said out of a total of about 740 employees, 300 would be laid off.