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Government through Minister of Information, Gospel Kazako, has warned that there will be “serious and drastic measures” as it embarks on a mission of restructuring statutory corporations to build a new Malawi.

Kazako said it will not be an easy task and that only the right people with right qualifications will retain their positions.

“This is a signal we are sending to everyone involved that days where rhetoric takes centre stage are gone. We are certainly preparing for a tough ride. It is going to be very tough and only those that are fit to take this journey with us will come along. Those that are not fit will be left behind,” Kazako said when he toured Malawi Posts Corporation (MPC) offices in Blantyre Thursday.

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He also indicated that there will be a structural and human resource audit to establish if those holding positions have the right qualifications.

“Most of these statutory corporations are infested with people who don’t love this country. Most of them are packed with opportunists. They came in because of political influence or because they knew someone in government.

“There are people who are not even qualified for the positions they are holding. Some are directors and others deputy directors. This is a problem that we have and we must address it,” Kazako charged.

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He added that his ministry will also make sure that MPC starts making profits, further warning that if the parastatal’s management fails to achieve that, they should pave the way for others who can do it.

Acting Postmaster General, Zachaeus Meke, said MPC has developed a turnaround strategy aimed at building a viable financial sustainability programme.

Meke also disclosed that the corporation has been carrying out its social obligation without any funding mechanism for the past 20 years.

He added that the strategy, which is subject to approval by the government, will help MPC move from loss-making to profitability.

MPC was established in 1998 under the Communications Act as a commercial entity mandated to provide postal and financial services in the country.

It has 180 post offices across the country, out of which, over 150 make losses.

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