Malawi Prison Service prison junior officers from Thursday 23 April 2020 to stage a sit in will see all prisons in Malawi closed.
In a letter helplinemw.com has seen, the sit-in is due to government failure to address some of their concerns.
The letter is addressed to the prison department authority and copied to ministry of Homeland Security, office of the president and cabinet and to all media houses.
According to the letter, the concerns range from promotions,risk allowances, nepotism and unfair dismissals.
” All gates into and out of prisons shall be closed, all gazetted officers will never be allowed to enter into prison services and any court order or any other orders regarding prison management will not be implemented”, reads the letter.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, one of the junior prison officer confirmed about the sit-in, adding junior officers have not been promoted for quite some times.
” Other security officers in government like the police have been promoted but us in the prison service have been left out. Therefore, we are staging a sit-in until we are promoted”, said the source.
The source said all the concerns raised in this letter are true and genuine.
in a separate interview, Malawi Prison Service Public Relations Officer superintendent Chimwemwe Mike Shaba said he has seen the document through social media.
“I have just seen the document on social media. My office has not been served with the letter. I will ask my bosses if they have received it,”said Shaba.
Malawi has been experiencing sit-ins by Nurses and midwives forcing government to increase their allowances and provide protective gears amid the spread of Covid-19.
So far Malawi has 18 cases of corona virus and two people have died with the pandemic.