Malawi Union of the Blind Faces Financial Struggles, Contemplating Staff Reductions

The Malawi Union of the Blind (MUB) is confronting significant financial challenges, leading the organization to consider downsizing its workforce. MUB’s executive director, Ezekiel Kumwenda, acknowledged the possibility of staff retrenchments, emphasizing that the matter is currently being addressed internally.

Interestingly, this development follows recent complaints from junior workers within the organization regarding the prolonged non-payment of their salaries. Dissatisfied with the management’s failure to fulfill their financial obligations for nearly a year, these employees have expressed their intention to seek legal remedies.

In response to the situation, Secretary for Labour, Wezzie Kaira, assured that the Ministry is committed to ensuring that retrenched workers receive their entitled compensation and outstanding arrears. Kaira cited the example of ICT and telecommunications provider TNM, which has also announced plans to downsize its workforce.

MUB’s financial strain and impending staff reductions raise concerns about the welfare of employees and the organization’s ability to fulfill its mandate effectively. Efforts are underway to address these internal challenges and mitigate the impact on MUB’s dedicated workforce.