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MCTU hails Lazars Chakwera on ‘fake’ expatriates

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Dennis Kalekeni

The Malawi Congress of Trade Unions (MCTU) has hailed President Lazarus Chakwera’s move to flush out fake expatriates as one way of creating jobs for Malawians.

Delivering his first State of the Nation Address in Lilongwe on Friday, Chakwera said government has noted that there is an influx of so called expatriates which are doing jobs that Malawians could do.

He said his government would only allow expatriates with unique skills that are in short supply on the local labour market.

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Reacting to the development, MCTU Secretary General, Dennis Kalekeni, said his organisation is extremely happy with the pronouncement by the president.

Kalekeni said there are plenty of so called expatriates in various sectors of the economy who are doing jobs that Malawians could do.

“You know as MCTU, we have been presenting these matters to the previous government that the workplace in Malawi is flooded by dubious expatriates whose skills are readily available here in Malawi and that the jobs that they are doing are depriving Malawians of jobs.

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“We are very happy now that the new government has made it a point to ensure that all jobs in Malawi which can be handled by Malawians must be handled by Malawians, except in those extreme special cases where expatriates are needed to transfer their skills to Malawians,” Kalekeni said.

He said MCTU will do patrols in the workplaces to ensure that all expatriates doing jobs that could be handled by local are flushed out.

In the Sona, Chakwera said to realise the promise of one million jobs to Malawians, government has embarked on a job creation initiative and are treating the creation of a conducive environment for further job creation as an ongoing and multisectoral effort.

“We are currently consulting with and collecting data from key stakeholders for use in our ongoing assessment of the economy’s current employment situation. That way, the actionable job creation strategy we are developing is responsive to the evolving fundamentals of the job market.

“The strategy is a cocktail of the right policies, incentives, partnerships, and microfinance programs that will be applied strategically to produce the enabling environment for sustainable job creation and the productivity of marketable goods and services,” Chakwera said.

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