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MCTU lashes at President Banda, MEC and others for shunning Labour Day event

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By Afriem’s Correspondent

The Malawi Congress of Trade Union MCTU leadership has reacted angrily by condemning president Banda and other presidential hopefuls for shunning to attend the Labour Day commemoration held in Lilongwe.

As part of the event, the MCTU invited all presidential aspirants including president Banda who was earmarked to be guest of honour but she has snubbed MCTU at eleventh hour together with some presidential candidates.

Democratic Progressive Party DPP president Peter Mutharika and a former MCP legislator Lingson Berekanyama who was sent to represent MCP president Dr Lazarus Chakwera attended the commemoration.

Speaking at the function, MCTU Secretary General Pontius Kalichero did not hide his frustrations and those of workers by condemning president Banda for shunning the event together with other presidential hopefuls.

Kalichero said workers were supposed to be respected by the presence of president Banda and all other presidential candidates because it was a platform for them to show their commitment towards addressing workers concerns once voted in power and that they could also articulate issues in their manifesto in the presence of workers.

“We are disappointed with the president and all other presidential candidates for not coming here, we must say that our frustrations will be shown on 20th May for we know who is for us and who is not”, said Kalichero.

Kalichero also took a swipe at Malawi Electoral Commission for organizing election interdenominational prayers on workers day saying MEC has acted irresponsibly because their prayers have had an impact on some workers and leaders to concentrate on the day which is critical.

In his remarks Mutharika promised to make Ministry of labour one of the key ministries once voted in power saying labour issues remain critical for development.

Minister of Labour Grace Maseko said government remain committed to listen and respond to labour issues so that the plight of workers is upheld.

Among others, workers are demanding for better wages and better working conditions.

 

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