For four weeks, Malawians have been denied access to justice because of the industrial action by Judiciary support staff. So far, no one has come up with a solution that will save the situation once and for all.
By yesterday, all there have been are blame games, threats and recalcitrance from all the parties involved in the dispute. The recent reaction by the government which has threatened to take disciplinary action against all workers who have withdrawn labour is a clear indication that government will not relent on its stance.
But the question that must be posed is: is that decision going to solve the problem for good? For the past few years, Judiciary strikes have been happening almost yearly which clearly shows that there is a problem that needs to be addressed. But it seems nobody is willing to find that solution.
While this issue might eventually turn to a contest of egos, there is need to approach it with sobriety for the greater good of the nation. Yes the government has an obligation to call its staff back to work but calling them to return to work is not the final solution. If we do not from now start looking for a perfect solution, it means soon after this strike, another one will start.
Sadly, with these endless strikes, the victims are always ordinary Malawians who deserve public services.
The cost of a Judiciary strike, is not something that we do not know. Right now, many Malawians have been denied access to courts which is infringing on their human right to justice.
when all is said and done, as the government is trying to get Judiciary staff back to work, it is time that the government should accept that there is a problem that it has failed to solve for years. Now this is the time to bring order, normalcy and harmony in the public service, otherwise, these problems will continue derailing development of this country.
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