26 August 2016 Last updated at: 7:51 PM
‘Malawians have too much love for money’ US Embassy worried
Despite being served with tasty foods and being given luxurious rooms to rest in, Malawi civil servants are reported to have been boycotting trainings due to lack of allowances.
The Embassy of United State of America (USA) to Malawi has bemoaned the act of demanding allowances by public servants arguing that the trend is affecting donor funded projects.
Speaking on the local press, Malawi US embassy public affairs officer Edward Monster said most civil servants are shunning workshops and trainings that have no allowances.
“Many public servants are boycotting trainings because they don’t get allowances and this is affecting implementation of some projects in the country especially [in] the health [sector],” said Monster.
He further urged the civil servants to embrace the spirit of dedication to donor projects despite allowances not being attached arguing that the country will still remain stuck in many sectors.
Reacting on the development, Malawi government through the ministry of health has described the development as a “serious” issue which needs to be addressed.
Principal secretary for the ministry of health Macphail Magwira urged authorities to take down the development that has been labelled as an “embarrassment” to the country.
However, health workers in the country have insisted that organisers of workshops should be giving them allowances even when the organisers pay for food and accommodation.
The workers have argued that the accommodation being given is far expensive than just giving them money to take care of themselves.