The government has extended the Christmas and New Year holiday from December 28 2022 to January 3 2023 to give its employees’ ample time to rest and celebrate the festive season.
This means that civil servants will wind up their work on December 23 and return to work on January 4 2023.
In a statement released Tuesday, signed by Janet Banda for Secretary to the President and Cabinet, the government indicates that extending the holiday period does not mean declaration of public holidays in Malawi.
“The extended holidays are meant to enable civil servants to celebrate the Christmas and New Year’s festivities with their families and give them adequate time to rest,” the statement reads.
According to Banda, civil servants providing essential services in departments such as hospitals, police immigration, road safety, airports, among others, are exempted.
“These categories of officers shall be allowed to take holidays of corresponding days in the New Year. Controlling officers of such institutions are, therefore, advised to put in place proper arrangements for staff providing essential services to proceed on holidays at an appropriate and convenient time,” the statement indicates.
Meanwhile, controlling officers have been asked to process salaries on time to enable the Accountant General to facilitate payment to employees before they proceed on the extended holidays.
While welcoming the extension, Madalitso Njolomole, Secretary General for Civil Servants Trade Union, appealed to the government to fast-track the payment of salaries.
“There should also be skeleton crews that would ensure essential services do not suffer during the holidays. Apart from that, I would like to request fellow civil servants to enjoy responsibly,” he said.