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Government gets tough on Temporary Employment Permits issuance

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Richard Chimwendo Banda

The government has vowed to tighten measures of issuing Temporary Employment Permits (TEPs) to expatriates as one way of ensuring that Malawi only imports skills that are not readily available in the country.

Labour Deputy Minister Vera Kamtukule was speaking at Central Poultry Limited in Lilongwe on Wednesday when she, together with Homeland Security Minister Richard Chimwendo Banda, made an impromptu visit to the company’s premises.

The ministers visited the company to establish claims that it was employing expatriates in tasks that could be done by Malawians as well as to ascertain reports that one of the firm’s expatriates called Malawians “animals” on social media.

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According to Kamtukulu, applications for TEP will now be made while the applicant is in their home country, and not after arriving in the country as has been the case.

She said the development would help her ministry thoroughly scrutinise applicants, including verifying their academic qualifications.

“This will help us ensure that the country only imports skills that are in short supply within the country,” Kamtukule said.

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On the Central Poultry ex-employee who called Malawians animals and lambasted authorities who issue visas, Chimwendo Banda demanded a report on how the firm recruited the official and his whereabouts.

Central Poultry Senior Human Resources Manager Kenwood Chitsonga Mataka said the company was equally shocked by the conduct of the former employee, adding that they wrote the Indian High Commission to Malawi to investigate why the ex-employee was castigating Malawians.

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