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Extended holiday for civil servants

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President Peter Mutharika has granted days of leave for civil servants in the country to enable them to celebrate the Christmas and New Year’s festivities with their families.

Mutharika has also ordered that the Accountant General must ensure that all civil servants are paid by December 20, 2016.

According to a letter to all Principal Secretaries and Heads of Department dated December 12, 2016, from the Chief Secretary to Government, George Mkondiwa, the civil servants are expected to wind up their duties on December 21, 2016 and return to work on January 3, 2017.

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“I have the honour to inform you that it has pleased His Excellency President Arthur Peter Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi and Minister responsible for the Public Service to grant the days between 22nd December, 2016 and 3rd January, 2017 as public holidays for civil servants,” reads the letter.

However, Mkondiwa was quick to say officers whose institutions and departments provide essential services such as hospitals, police, immigration and road safety services, among others, are requested to remain at work.

“These categories of offices shall be allowed to take their holidays in due course of the year (2017) in order to avoid disrupting essential services during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Controlling officers for such institutions are advised to put in place proper arrangements for staff providing essential services to proceed on holidays at an appropriate and convenient time,” it reads.

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