Water boards challenged to be more productive


Newly elected President for Water Employees Trade Union of Malawi (Wetum) Gerald Nguluwe has asked employees of water boards to wake up and be productive in order to eliminate the negative impression that people have on the country’s water boards.

Nguluwe said this in Salima during elections where he was put in office replacing Steve Ottoman.

Nguluwe said most of the time the government fails to increase salaries of water board employees claiming the boards underperform.


“When we negotiate for salary increment or for any other benefits, oftentimes government says water boards are not performing, hence cannot get the requested benefit, so as employees, we have to wake up in order to perform well so that the challenges that we are facing are eliminated,” he said.

Wetum comprises five water boards, namely Central Region Water Board, Northern Region Water Board, Southern Region Water Board, Blantyre Water Board and Lilongwe Water Board.

The new committee will lead the Wetum for four years.


The new committee comprises 12 members consisting of seven elected members including President, Vice President, General Secretary, Vice Treasury General, Women’s Desk Chairperson and Youth Chairperson and five chairpersons from unions at branch level.

Nguluwe promised to improve performance in the water boards.

“Oftentimes we promise more but end up doing little but with this new leadership, we believe that we can translate our ideas into action, so people should expect actual performance on the ground,” he said.

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