By Audrey Kapalamula & Faith Kadzanja:
Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) has called for peace in the country, urging people to desist from conduct that may fuel political instability.
In a statement released on June 4 2019, MCTU Secretary General, Denis Kalekeni, says the union is aware that some political parties have expressed dissatisfaction with election results.
“The aggrieved parties should avoid forcing officers out of the government offices but continue to follow the legally laid down procedures for their concerns to be addressed. We should be mindful of the fact that disruption of work at the government offices may halt smooth delivery of essential services such as those related to health, education and security,” he says MCTU advises protesters to separate politics from government business.
“For instance, as of now, Parliament and Cabinet were dissolved prior to the tripartite elections, but the government business continues being operational through the Chief Secretary and various principal secretaries,” the statement reads.
Civil servants were forced to leave their offices after the supporters had stormed Capital Hill.
Civil Servants Trade Union, through general Secretary Madalitso Njolomole, has also issued a similar statement.
Meanwhile, the government, through Chief Secretary Lloyd Muhara, has said the situation is back to normal at Capital Hill.
“Capital Hill was invaded by intruders on June 4 2019. The situation is back to normal and services will continue to be provided. All civil servants are, therefore, being called upon to continue discharging their duties normally from their offices,” the statement reads.