Castel employees want manager out
Castel Malawi employees at Kanengo in Lilongwe sealed the entrance to the company’s premises, demanding that Lilongwe Plant Manager Hubert Mibay Soafiavy be removed from his position for allegedly ill-treating them.
When The Daily Times visited the scene, workers boldly stated that they would not resume work until the manager was replaced.
The irate employees said since Soafiavy—a Madagascar national— assumed office, their welfare was being compromised.
“He has to go,” said one of the workers who only identified himself as Blessings.
When contacted, Soafiavy said the issue could be discussed face-to-face and not through a phone call.
When The Daily Times offered to meet with him, he said: “We can meet but I am not at the office; so, I can’t meet with you at my house.”
Castel spokesperson Titha Mbilizi said in a separate interview that the company was trying to get to the root of the matter before commenting on the same.
Mathews Kasanda is a journalist who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from University of Malawi (The Polytechnic).
In 2015, Media Institute of Southern Africa awarded him the Best Print Media Education Journalist of the Year accolade.
He joined Times Group Newsroom in September 2019.